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Monday, April 19, 2010

Outraged Carnivores To Boycott San Francisco Over 'Meatless Mondays'

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM

When you take away food like this, the terrorists win
  • When you take away food like this, the terrorists win
Colorado Bank VP: "I've attended my last meeting In San Francisco!" Illinois Financial Adviser: "I"m going to start conducting my business meetings in Napa Valley!"

As official exhortations go, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell's recent non-binding Meatless Monday resolution -- suggesting restaurants, stores and schools offer plant-based food for those who want it -- was pretty mild.

Notwithstanding, the measure provoked outrage among locals and out-of-towners who wrote in protest to the Board of Supervisors.

"Why don't you Board members work to find ways to make the city safe rather than concerning yourself with my diet," wrote Stace A. Hillbrant, a financial adviser from Wilmette, Ill., in an April 8 e-mail to the Board of Supervisors. Hillbrant claims he used to travel to San Francisco every month to stay in hotels and dine at fine restaurants. Now he's doing his west coast business in the Napa Valley, where, presumably, he won't have to face fruits and vegetables.

Michael T. Collins, a vice president of UBS Financial Services, likewise wrote to the board, saying he will no longer attend meetings here: "I'll stay somewhere else from now on," he wrote.

Amusingly, several of the more than one dozen letters the board received on this issue came from people perturbed that board members had wasted valuable time on a trivial measure -- seemingly unconcerned that they happened to be spending their own valuable time complaining about an innocuous, trivial local measure that is not backed by the force of law.

"You guys spend precious time talking about meat-free Mondays?" wrote Ann Wilder, spending her precious time sending an e-mail about the meat-free Monday measure. "You embarrass me."

click to enlarge Gimme meat!
  • Gimme meat!
"Forcing others to live the way that you want to live; to conform with your 'lifestyle" makes you a fascist," wrote Malnar Jones, apparently unaware that Maxwell's measure does not force anyone to conform to anything. "This is disgusting. It really is."

Meatless Mondays was an example of "a power trip like I've never seen," wrote San Ramon-area small business owner Bill Ezell, as he launched an

angry two-page screed that touched on

issues such as financial crisis in California, immigration,  ROTC, and

dog dishes. "And, I am convinced, [politicians] will stop at nothing to continue sucking the life out of us until the state -- or the country -- has collapsed."

Ezell is so angered by this that he's leaving California, he wrote. And "with all due respect, I couldn't imagine retiring here."

Anti-regulation zealots weren't the only people opposed to Maxwell's measure. Some felt the measure didn't go far enough.

"California has a serious budget deficit," wrote Stanford Daily columnist Jack Cackler, in a letter to the board. "Why not tax meat on Mondays, to kill two birds with one stone?"

Cackler left unanswered the question of whether the meat tax would apply to wildfowl culled in this way.

Jordan Saiz protested that some people's meatless diets consists of "chocolate, French fries and microwavable dinners."

Larry Battis says Maxwell is only setting herself up "to be labeled a 'moonbat' and relegated to ridicule."

How can she keep San Francisco from being made fun of?

"Declare Mondays 'Locally Grown, Free-Range and Organic Mondays," Battis wrote.

Our favorite, however, has to be the suggestion of one Robert Hsiao.

"How about a 'No Shark Fin Soup Day Any Day' resolution," he wrote.

Why not?

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