Don’t be fooled by the mostly supportive comments on my blog post from Tuesday. A lot of PurchTips subscribers railed at me for quoting a PETA representative in the article “Purchasing, Social Responsibility, & Animals.”
I provided them with the same opportunity to share their comments on this blog, but they didn’t. That leaves me with so many questions…
1. Why exactly do they hate PETA?
2. If they hate PETA, does this mean that they support animal cruelty? (My assumption is that it does mean this, but I’d love to definitively know if my assumption is right or wrong here.)
3. Why do they decline the opportunity to share their views in a public forum (even anonymously) if they feel so strongly?
4. Would they leave their jobs if they were asked to implement more animal-friendly purchasing practices?
As I stated in my own comment to Tuesday’s post, I was NOT making any type of statement that you should not eat meat, you should not hunt, etc. I personally am not a vegetarian nor an animal rights activist. What I hope was clear about the article was that animal-friendly purchasing is a topic that will escalate in visibility so, for your own career success, you should learn what you can do to support this aspect of socially responsible purchasing.
If you’re interested in getting a non-PETA perspective on animals and corporate social responsibility, you may want to check out the book “Diet For A New America” by John Robbins.
Mr. Robbins was the heir apparent to the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, but he declined it because he knew too well what goes on “behind the scenes” in the food industry. As a purchasing professional interested in cost savings, you might read with interest how he describes some of the things that happen in the food industry in the name of cost savings.
I must warn you, however. This book is very graphic in its descriptions. My wife read 1/3 of it seven years ago and hasn’t eaten meat since.
In closing, let me say that this will probably be the last blog post on this topic for some time. I have a backlog of things I want to cover here and in PurchTips and I feel that a week’s worth of blogging on any single topic is enough.