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From: Leslie ( -
Subject: New job, conflict?
Date: August 18, 2007 at 8:18 am PST

Just took a part-time job at local Pigrim's market. Don't really need
the money desperately, it's not that much, and hours are weird, but
what really bothers me now is this article I read by the producer of
the Witness, which I have not seen but would like to see.

I do relate to this article. I have sensed an alarming trend
toward "humane meat" as a way for people to "have their cake and eat
it too." I have always thought of the term "humane slaughter" as
being one of the most oxymoronic words in the english language.

I have never worked in the food industry, in any capacity, but now I
am thinking handling the organic local meat that this company sells
would be a violation of my ethics. But then on the other hand I
wonder what would it gain if I didn't do the job? The world would go
on, the store would find someone else, people would still buy their
meat to appease their conscience or to be happy they aren't ingesting
antibiotics, all happy in their state of semi-conscious consumerism.

I don't know what to do. I thought maybe I'd start and if it just
doesn't feel right, give them this article and tell them I cannot
handle the meat part of it. I really do feel strange about this and I
don't think I can do it. I don't like being part in any way of
selling that stuff, even if I didn't make the decision to stock it.
Pilgrim's actually never used to have meat, it seems to be there is a
disturbing trend among businesspeople to sacrifice their original
ethics of having a vegetarian store or restaurant and then adding on
meat because people demand it and they see a way to make more profit.

I am disturbed by all of this.

What are the thoughts of the people visiting this board?

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