living underground in the real world

In which I attempt to be diplomatic.

A few months ago, PETA emailed us about making Easter bunnies for them.

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Here’s how I wanted to answer their email:

Dear —

In my 20 years as an animal rights activist, I’ve become more disgusted with your tactics with each passing year. I disagree with your methodology so deeply I often wonder if our movement wouldn’t be better off without your presence all together. As a feminist, as someone who cannot care about animal rights in a vacuum, I can’t support PETA.

Even if I did work with you on this project, here’s how it would go: I’d tell you the price for custom Easter bunnies, you will say it will be too expensive. I’ll tell you our prices are what they are because we only use organic and fair-trade chocolate, and you’ll tell me what matters most is that they are vegan. That’s not the only thing that matters to me.

Our world needs radical change. That’s why I’m here. We’re a vegan chocolate shop, but we’re not just that. You’re not a radical group, and we only share the tiniest small sliver of a goal. Our path toward that goal is so widely divergent that I don’t see why it would make any sense at all to work together.

Best,

Lagusta

After much discussion and editing, here’s what I sent:

Hello —,

Thanks for thinking of us. Unfortunately, this is not a project we feel we can take on.  As a vegan feminist, as someone who cannot care about animal rights in a vacuum, I can’t support PETA. I don’t feel your tactics are something we want to promote.Our world needs radical change. That’s why we’re here. We’re a vegan chocolate shop, but we’re not just that. You’re not a radical group, and we only share the tiniest small sliver of a goal. Our path toward that goal is so widely divergent that I don’t see why it would make sense to work together.
Best,
Lagusta
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The PETA person wrote back such a gracious response, I was shocked:

Dear Lagusta,

Thank you for your forthright and honest response. We’re sorry you feel we cannot work together at this time, but respect that you must follow your own conscience in this matter. Clearly, much care and craftsmanship went into your products—we hope that receives the attention it deserves, and wish you the best in all your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Person With A Good Heart Who Should Get A Job At A Good Animal Rights Group

LESSON: I AM A REAL ADULT NOW. With no chutzpah any more.
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It sucks.
In related news, I actually, literally typed this sentence to a friend today:
What I love about Instagram, however, is sending photos to my biz FB and Twitter at the same time—3x the social networking with 1x the effort!
So.
There we are.

4 Responses to “In which I attempt to be diplomatic.”

  1. Rebecca

    I worked at PETA and wish I would’ve sent a letter like that first one to everyone at the org when I quit! So disgusting.

    Reply

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