“Cruelty cannot stand the spotlight.” That was the tagline for The Ark Trust, an organization which awarded the media for reporting on animal issues. I have been thinking about those words a lot lately. I am buoyed by recent events bringing so much injustice to light — while deeply saddened that these injustices exist. I feel optimistic that a powerful awakening is coming.

MUTTS readers have an abundance of empathy and a deep sense of justice. We are all in this together to make a stronger, more peaceful world for all.

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MUTTS NEWS SPOILER ALERT: If you’d rather be surprised with a new twist in the world of MUTTS, please don’t read the following two paragraphs until after June 16.

Friends, I’ve made two longstanding promises with my MUTTS strip. The first: someday Guard Dog will be freed. (Yes, this will happen before too long.) The second: Butchie and his Fatty Snax Deli would go veggie. With a two-week storyline starting Sunday, Butchie will finally see the light.

As a vegetarian for over 30 years and a vegan since 2012, I’ve always felt a little strange drawing the cheeses and salamis that hang over Butchie’s head. I’m feeling better because they will now be plant-based and cruelty-free.

With the pandemic, and understanding the cruelties of raising and processing “meat,” it’s more important than ever to rethink how we treat the animals — and people — on this planet. Going plant-based is a win-win. It’s good for your own health, the health of the planet, and obviously the billions of suffering, factory farmed animals.

Going veggie gets easier and easier. (Millions have already discovered new, delicious meat substitutes.) I ask everyone to do what you can. Even observing Meatless Mondays can save a billion animals each year in the United States alone. If Butchie can do it, so can you.

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Last month we posted two comic strips that I drew for the MUTTS blog, which were pandemic-themed and written by my friend, author Glen David Gold. Glen suggested that we auction off one of the strips for charity, and I am happy that we can, and will, make this happen. I’ve watercolored the original artwork for this purpose and Heritage Auctions has agreed to host the auction. We’ll keep you updated as this process unfolds.

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay kind.

— Patrick

Comments (208)

Great reply, thanks!

Jeanne Kaiser

Peanuts and Charles Schultz did make a statement when in July 1968, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, they introduced Franklin Armstrong, the first African-American character in the strip.

Jenn

A cat cannot go vegan. It’s not an option. They’re carnivores. A dog can, of course.

Alex

Susan, I love the name of the shop. Herbivorous Butcher. Sometimes when I am chopping, cutting or mincing my veggies for a meal, I feel like a what I imagine a butcher feels like. But then I realize, the things I am cutting, snipping, dicing were never alive. I do not think of myself as being a “butcher” which implies large motor skills, not fine motor skills like dealing with veggies.

Jim Mc Connell

Yes, thank you for this comment

Cat

they don’t get their actual FOOD at the deli – sheesh! They frequent it to “Mooch” snax.

Jacqueline Tannenbaum

I completely agree with you Kristy. With all the crap that is going on these days, I need something, even a humorous comic strip, for an escape My favorite ones are the ones with Bip and Bop and Chippy and Monk. I have a soft spot for squirrels and chipmunks. I also like vegetarians and vegans (when not trying to convert me) because their loss is my gain of medium rare steaks, hotdogs, bratwursts, double stack hamburgers, beef stews, fried chicken tenders, meat-lovers pizza, and pork steaks. BONK!

Jacob

Claudia, so easy!! We don’t need soy or faux meats! Please check our Forks Over Knives & NutritionFacts.org, -those are only two of many places where we can learn how to eat properly. You can do it!

Dawn

In the garden of eden there was no death until the fall. Explain to me how god intended us to eat meat then? If you manage that you then have to convince me that your god exists, and not one of the myriad of other gods. Please don’t use your beliefs as a reason to subject other animals to torture and death.

Barry Pitcher

The only reason this becomes an issue is because humans domesticated animals. In the natural world, they would create balance.

Dawn