Thank you for the overwhelming support of Butchie and the Fatty Snax Deli going veggie, something I have promised would happen for a long while. In doing some research, I learned Butchie would not be unique; there are already vegan butcher shops around the world — such as The Vegetarian Butcher in Holland and London, The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis, and The Very Good Butchers in British Columbia. It made me feel that it was realistic to have Butchie make the switch. I apologize to those who were worried that Earl and Mooch would go vegan, which was not my intention. We asked veterinarian and pet nutritionist Dr. Sarah Dodd to help us understand the issues better and she created a guest blog post for us. We thank her for kindly shedding light on this topic. Earl and Mooch will continue to visit the Fatty Snax Deli and will still get their standard diets at home, being fed by Millie and Ozzie.
This past week, Dr. Jane Goodall celebrated the 60th anniversary of her initial journey to Gombe where she forever changed our understanding of our relationship to animals. It is hard to believe that she had to fight the “establishment” in voicing what we all now know to be intuitive: Animals have intelligence and feelings. She was the first to document that animals use tools, which at one time defined man as separate from the animal kingdom. Dr. Jane is a true saint, dedicating her life to spreading her message of hope and working tirelessly to save our fragile planet. In 2020 we need to hear that message more than ever. I feel more than blessed that though my book Me…Jane, I was able to meet and become friends with this extraordinary woman. We all need to do more in support of her efforts.
Thanks again to all who have submitted their own adoption comics and stories. It’s been so much fun reading them. You are a talented and compassionate group, and I appreciate the time you’ve taken to participate. In the coming months I’ll be selecting one or more to draw and put in the newspaper … and when I do, you will be the first to know. The final, updated submission deadline for this activity (that is, for your opportunity to be featured in the MUTTS comic strip) is August 15, but I welcome your messages and artwork at any time. I love seeing them.
Stay kind, stay the course, and keep safe.
P.S. You can learn more about Jaap Korteweg, “The Vegetarian Butcher,” in this video.