Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Saturday, July 23, 2011 3:33 PM
Before you read this post, please bop over to Rachel's blog and read this post. I started writing a comment and decided I needed to post it to my blog instead. So unless you read Rachel's blog post, you might not follow everything I'm saying below. Go on... It'll only take a minute.
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"We now bring you back to your regularly scheduled blog update."
RE: The City of Oakland Planning Department 1st Public Meeting on Urban Agriculture.
Actually, the meeting was not extremely confrontational. Everyone was quite civil except for a very few. I reached out and spoke to several folks who were against livestock in the city and I feel that an open dialog can now begin. At least that's my hope.
But honestly, I left the meeting pissed. REALLY PISSED. And I find it funny that the one thing Rachel found to write about in her post meeting blog post is exactly what had me so damn pissed. Trust me. I'm curbing my tongue here.
I only have one thing to say about that insane woman...
C U Next Tuesday!!!!
This is a woman who is the president of a non-profit specifically formed to rescue rabbits. The rabbit she brought was a small black & white lop. And she was holding it sort of like a football, her hand under it's chest and it's body tucked next to hers.
Now I'm not an EXPERT on rabbits, but I do raise them and consider myself far from a novice. None of the rabbits I own or have ever had contact with would ever stand to be held that way. Most either like to sit in your lap, or be on your shoulder like you would burp a baby, close and snugly, right in your neck. But held by the chest with the bulk of it's weight hanging down? Hell no!
She was standing right next to me. I assumed, since she WAS holding it that way, perhaps it was her pet and it was used to being out in public. A therapy rabbit perhaps? I reached over and gave it a little scratch on the head and said "Hello Bunny". She looked at me and said in a very unfriendly voice: "Don't eat it".
Er... okay. I wasn't planning on it...
She raised her hand and waited patiently for her turn to speak, and then went off like a lunatic! She stretched out her arm and held up the rabbit for all to see and said "This is one of the 21 rabbits that were recently rescued in Oakland." She went on to reference the Fatal Attraction movie and boiling bunnies, at which point I whispered to Rachel "That was a MOVIE. It's FICTION."
Someone in the audience called out to Rachel to let the woman speak. Er.. okay.
She finished her rant and then turned and walked away, not interested in what anyone might have to say in response. And all I could think of was this: "You fucking BITCH! How DARE you!!!"
This is a woman who is supposedly concerned about the welfare of rabbits. And yet she brings this poor little malnourished, abused, and neglected tramatized bunny to a meeting in a room with 300+ people, all standing shoulder to shoulder in little groups of, oh.. 50?... and has the gaul to hold it up for everyone to see.
I know exactly why that rabbit was letting her hold it that way. IT WAS TERRIFIED!!!! This woman who was professing to care so much about rabbits was EXPLOITING THIS POOR TERRORIZED ANIMAL TO PROMOTE HER OWN AGENDA.
Okay. I'm going to say it. Plug your ears...
YOU FUCKING LOUSY CUNT! HOW DARE YOU???
Now mind you, I RARELY use that highly offensive word. And I mean VERY RARELY. But this woman totally floored me with her action. I was so taken aback by her actions that it was hard to stay focused on the meeting.
It took some very VERY serious concentration to not wring her neck right there on the spot, but rather to put her in the back of my mind while I tried to have some decent conversations with a wide spectrum of people. It was only once I was out of the place and back into my car that I was ready to vent to Gail, my next door neighbor who had come with me to the meeting.
But Gail had said she was part of an interesting conversation. So I held back my frustration in order to let her talk. I knew once I started I wouldn't stop. Be considerate Kitty. Let your guest go first.
Gail proceeds to tell me she happened upon a converstion with this same woman. There were 3 of them: Gail, the crazy insane bitch with the terrified bunny, and another woman. Apparently neither of the 2 ladies could get a word in edgewise because this woman kept saying "Don't interupt me, let me finish" and then ranted and raved on and on and on. It was when she was FINALLY finished and was turning to leave that she reached out and touched Gail on the arm and said: "You really need to loose some weight, Honey. Lay off the rabbit."
Now mind you, Gail is my next door neighbor. I raise rabbits for meat. She knows this. But she doesn't eat rabbit meat. In fact, she doesn't want to eat any animal she knows. She grew up on a farm and just doesn't want to. But she DOES buy sustainably farmed and humanely harvested meat from places like Farmer Joe's in Oakland. The point is, she doesn't eat rabbit. Ever.
So she followed the insane woman to tell her that her comments were offensive. And the woman turned to her and yelled at Gail to stop harrasing her or she was going to call the cops. What the...?????
I was pissed. No. I was infuriated!
I seriously think I'm going to contact Animal Services to see if she can be cited. I'm also going to talk to Health Services to see if they might cite her because she brought it into a venue where they were serving food. And finally, I'm going to research the non-profit to find out who is on the board of directors and see if I can get them to give her a formal reprimand for causing this rescued rabbit additional unnecessary trama when the purpose of the organization is to rescue these rabbits from abuse. At the very least, I have contact with several local reporters and I'm going to see if I can get something written up in the newspapers.
And I'm also going to reach out to a few of the folks on the other side of the isle who want to prevent livestock raising in Oakland to see what their thoughts are. Did they have any issue with this crazy bitch bringing the rabbit to the meeting? Because if they didn't, they are seriously hypocrital and there is something very wrong here. Critically wrong!