Let’s not lose our shit over Arby’s inclusion of venison
Let’s quell this before we all petition to get this sandwich off their menu.
ABC Chicago was proud to report that hunters can rejoice in the new sandwich offering from Arby’s. The fast-food chain, whose slogan is “We Have The Meats,” isn’t surprising us by adding a venison sandwich to seventeen of it’s locations in hunting-happy states. What we are surprised about, is that it doesn’t come with a souvenir bullet casing.
So why shouldn’t we all band together and tell Arby’s how awful this is? Because it’s exactly as bad a the chicken, ham, beef, and turkey they’re already selling. It’s adding another animal to the line-up, and unless we are clear that all animal use is wrong, the protesting of one inadvertently supports the use of the others. We don’t want people to choose combo one over combo two when they visit Arby’s, we want them to go vegan and stay away from the mess altogether.
Further, labelling hunting worse than other forms of exploitation gives people comfort in being “better” for not choosing to hunt, or in this case, choose game meat. Since Arby’s employees aren’t outside getting fresh venison every morning, it’s futile to target hunting here anyway. It’s animal use altogether that’s wrong, whether that’s done in the woods or a factory, or when you pull up to the drive-thru speaker box.
We know it might be hard to picture Bambi between buns, but until we look lovingly at the more routinely used animals and see their institutionalized use as being just as barbaric, we won’t see change. Instead of telling your Facebook that you’re disgusted by Arby’s, share some vegan education.