Oakland, CAUSA 94611
July 5, 2010
"Hello! I'm a writer and activist. I've lived in the Bay Area since 1991. I belong to several animal groups, don't wear fur or leather and have been vegetarian since 1982. I'm interested in meeting like-minded individuals for fun and excitement. "
I think it's a fantastic idea; each city in the SF Bay Area, including the East Bay and South Bay, should have its own Vegan Dinner Club. And we should not only patronize veg restaurants to keep them in business, but flesh-eating restaurants with veg items on their menu as well. Doing this would cause them to increase the number of veg options. Restaurants are in business to make a profit: if catering to the veg*n and animal rights crowd is seen as profitable, they'll be courting us. 7 UP broke an advertising taboo in 1982 when it began openly advertising itself as caffeine-free. It forced its competitors to introduce decaffeinated sodas and put them on the marketplace. Similarly, over twenty years ago, Paul Mitchell hair care products were openly advertising themselves as "tested by hair stylists -- not on animals!". Cruelty-free businesses, especially those in the food industry, should wear the label proudly, and thus force their competitors to do likewise.