By Ed Coffin, Vegan Examiner
It was the way in which you assured people that pleasure can override any possible opposition to consuming animal products and the way in which you make it seem trendy to be murderous.
I was not surprised by your [Philadelphia Weekly] heartless cover story entitled, "Philly Goes Hog Wild," but I was offended and appalled by your shameless consumption of animal flesh and bodily parts. It is because of people like you, whom I would refer to as merciless anti-vegans, that many people are able to justify bypassing their compassionate instincts on the grounds of pleasure alone.
Picture from Philadelphia Weekly taken by Ed Coffin
You begin by attempting to convince readers that the mere taste of pig flesh is enough to eschew any moral, or even religious opposition to consuming it. You begin by highlighting blogger, Abdullah Saeed, who tells his story about how he came to consuming pig products despite his Muslim upbringing.
"Growing up Muslim in America has its temptations. Of the rules ripe for breaking, there is none less enticing than indulging in the forbidden pork."
"While part of my brain felt conflict with each bite, I began to slowly unravel my years of conditioning, slowly learning to enjoy pork purely for its taste."
"...I let my guard down just long enough for the pork belly to bypass my brain and go directly to my stomach, nudging my heart on its way down."
It seems as though you are exploiting the fact that this Muslim man was able to overcome his religious beliefs to join you in your inexorable quest to consume as many body parts as possible. You then proceed to the climax of your article, where you provide the gory details of your ingestion of each and every part of a pig. Even when the taste fails to prevail, you can still justify the consumption by the popping of the cartilage as you grind it between your teeth.
"...the cartilage in the Gio Thu popped as it yielded to the will of our chomping teeth. The crack and crunch echoed through our head after each bite like tiny offal fireworks. It was at once repulsive and a lot of fun."
"Generous cuts from the belly create its spreadable, rillettes-like texture, but the head meat is responsible for the spread's lingering sweetness."
Even when you encounter a body part with a "stingy" amount of meat on it, you come up with the repulsive solution of enjoying it stuffed with foie gras. What should we expect from people who boldly claim, "...pigs don't need no gussying up! They're beautiful and tasty creatures just as God made them...?" All around, this was a nauseating and crude piece to publish.
It wasn't the fact that you were consuming animal products, most people do, but it was the callous way in which you did it. It was the way in which you assured people that pleasure can override any possible opposition to consuming animal products and the way in which you make it seem trendy to be murderous. You also seemed to go out of your way to put a cute piglet in the dismembering chart as if to make the statement that you are as soulless as you seem. If that was your intent, you did a good job of conveying that message.