Once upon a time, there was an event called Death For Food that was planned to take place on Sunday, November 23 at Suzie's Farm in Chula Vista. Jaime Fritsch was to bring his meat-awareness movement to San Diego and for the cost of admission, participants would witness a lamb slaughtered and butchered, then used to prepare a 5 course farm feast. For an additional cost, one would have been able to choose to harvest and butcher a pasture-raised chicken or turkey to bring home. This event will never come to fruition, at least not at Suzie's, because as of this writing, nearly 2,000 petitioners successfully effectuated the cancellation of Death For Food, with many threatening to boycott the farm if the event took place.
If Death For Food was to be held at a local butchery or restaurant, there likely would not be such an outpouring of dissidents, but Suzie's Farm is an organic vegetable and fruit farm, and therefore gets a lot of vegetarian and vegan customers who are not too happy with the association with animal death. Two days ago, a petition to stop the event was posted on Change.org by local attorney, longtime vegan and environmental and animal rights activist Brian Pease, who has also been instrumental in supporting the seals' stay at Children's Pool and banning foie gras in California. As of this morning, the pressure put on Suzie's Farm by Mr. Pease's online protest resulted in the cancellation of the event.
My opinion regarding Death For Food is that it is beneficial for meat eaters and animals' rights activists alike. It cultivates a respect for life that we as a society have veered away from due to our separation from the process of killing. Harvesting, or killing animals for food, is part of human existence all around the world, as it has been throughout the ages. The problem is that we have become so far removed from the harvesting process that the animal's death is hardly considered and rarely respected by the meat eater. This is something that must change, as overconsumption of meat is causing grave injustices around the world - from factory farms, to terrible conditions for these creatures to the compromised health of humans.
There should be an open debate on this subject, at the very least, rather than knee-jerk reactions based upon misinterpretations. Should the event be held at a vegetable and fruit farm? Probably not, but it should go on nonetheless.