I just received a very sad email from my friend, Jen, who has been emailing with Lierre Keith. Here’s what Jen shared:
As you may remember, Lierre Keith is the author of "The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability".
I recently sent a link to Lierre about a woman who had decided to end her vegan diet (unrelated to this email). Here is her reply to me:
"I’ll take a look when I get a moment–thanks.
I spoke in San Francisco at the anarchist book fair yesterday and was assaulted by three men. They got cayenne pepper in my eyes. They were not apprehended. And now there is horrible horrible stuff about me posted everywhere on the internet by vegans.
I’m really traumatized. It really sucks to be assaulted, and then to have people wallowing in my suffering is just too much.
I replied to her, and here is further info within her reply to me:
"Thank you for your support! It means the world to me. Right now, the vegans are having a feast online over my pain and humiliation. Luckily, a lot of people have publicly posted in support of me.
I wrote up what happened on my Facebook page.
I don’t know if that link works, but my Facebook page is my name, Lierre Keith.
But there are a lot of people posting in support of me as well.
So, yes, feel free to spread it far and wide. Thank you so much for your support–it really does help. One of the worst moments was hearing people cheer while I was being assaulted. I don’t want to live in a world where people cheer while someone is being publicly hurt and humiliated. So it’s good to know that there are still real human beings in the world, not just sociopaths and sadists.
Thank you, Jen, for passing this along.
Jimmy Moore wrote a great post about this – read an excerpt:
It’s one thing to disagree and have a healthy debate of ideas about diet and nutrition and their relationship to a healthy lifestyle. But acting criminally and causing harm to another human being in the process is just about as disgusting as it comes.
One thing I want to be clear about is that I know all vegans are not like this and I’m sure (and I hope) that most of you are just as horrified as I am at what happened to Lierre Keith. Let’s all jump onto Lierre Keith’s Facebook page to show her our support and thank her for fighting the fight for Real Food!