NAOMI POMEROY has a dedicated following in her restaurant "Beast" in
Oregon. In part, one reviewer described her restaurant:
"Beast is gutsy, staking its reputation on a fixed-price French bistro menu
boldly punctuated by MEAT and often the sounds of the Rolling Stones--with no
choices or substitutions in the multi-course meal."
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He does mention also that meals are costly. The price range: a five
dinner -- $45, a six course dinner -- $52, and a four course brunch -- $28.
Obviously, people like me who are either vegetarian or vegan would not
even go near such a place with a name like "Beast." Not only does this
restaurant center its cuisine around slaughtered animals but Naomi herself
butchers the lambs, pigs, or calves she serves -- offering their various parts
throughout the week.
Why should I be shocked? Well seeing a picture of her carrying a young pig
on the way to killing him (her) for that week's menu offerings, I wondered
what kind of woman could do this? Obviously though, she is not a hypocrite. We
always tell people that if they want to eat meat -then they should do their own
butchering-or at least watch someone else do it. I think many people would soon turn
to vegetarianism. However, the clientele who frequent the Beast are clearly
not concerned about the horrors and suffering of seeing an animal slaughtered.
Re killing animals, I often recall what St. Pope John XXIII once wrote
about his concern for them. He said that he wouldn't even kill a fly if he didn't
have to. I always remembered that statement, and when this past winter one fly
survived living in my house and daily visited me at the computer, I made no effort
to kill him (her).
Of course, If my home was besieged by too many flies I would try to usher
them outside or barring that, I would have to kill them- though I am always
happy when I don't have to kill any living creature. Some of you may be thinking -- how
foolish. Well, it's not foolish to the fly I let live, and I do agree with the pope
who believed that life is precious to even a small fly.
So no, I am not impressed with Naomi Pomeroy or her restaurant -- "Beast."
But she does have a dedicated following and has received cooking accolades. Obviously though, you will not find people of compassion singing her
praises or even stepping a foot into her restaurant.
ALLISON BURGESS is the lady who I admire. I found her story in the HSUS
All Animals quarterly magazine. She obviously is the antithesis of Naomi
Pomeroy. She has always cared for animals, and even as a child, she and her family
took in stray dogs and befriended barnyard cats. I loved what she had to say
about animals in general:
"When I look at an animal I see someone, not something....They are
emotional (and) sensitive and just want to live their lives in some comfort, just
When she recently retired to her Missouri farm at 48 -after being a
successful St. Louis business woman and selling her video production company -- she envisioned relaxing while still being involved in some type of community
It would soon find her as her home state of Missouri ranks in the bottom 10 for animal protection laws. And no wonder- since it has been dubbed the
puppy mill capital of the nation. And were it not for an HSUS-backed measure in Congress to block horse slaughter inspections, a horse slaughter plant
might have been opened there in 2013.
Burgess would soon find her calling out of retirement after reading a
Washington Post article about factory farming. She said that after reading it she
couldn't sleep for days. She knew she had to do something.
This concern led to the creation of MATCH MEATS -- a unique blend of soy and wheat proteins and natural flavorings that can replace meat in almost any
recipe. I hope our local health food store -- The Bin carries it. If not, I
certainly will let them know about this new vegetarian product. I am sorry it is not vegan as
Already in a Detroit restaurant, it is being used as a vegetarian
alternative for its entire burger menu. Grateful customers are pleased and one woman has happily re-created a favorite recipe from her grandmother's meat-based
recipe that she could now enjoy as a vegetarian.
Burgess has invested her retirement money in the company and even though
Match Meats is now profitable, she's never taken a salary. What a lady!
She now also serves on the HSUS Missouri state council farm animal
protection council and EQUINE leadership council. There is a picture of her at this
post cradling the head of a horse. Such a very, very different picture of one woman
showing affection for an animal and the other above carrying a pig to be
She has adopted horses through Saddlebred Rescue- a non-profit that buys
horses being sold for slaughter. And she has a dream to one day get a studio
apartment in D.C. and lobby for animals. I hope she succeeds in this very needed
and important endeavor. I also hope she is able to attract both men and women to lobby
for the animals. For too long their needs have been and are still neglected. I
don't know of any compassionate and caring DC animal lobbyists --do you?
But in the meantime, she wants to fight for better animal protection laws
in her own state. As she notes: "It's dark for animals here in Missouri...We have to
get active." One woman who cares deeply and does so much. We need many more like
ARI NESTLE. I'm sneaking in this very kind and caring man who I saw
profiled on CBS Sunday Morning today. It started out with his showing a young
Cleveland girl trying to make a difference with the homeless dogs and cats she tries to
help. He sent her $1,000 dollars to help her in this endeavor.
In total he has found 524 worthy causes and sent each a $1,000 grant. That
equals --$524,000. What a guy! God bless all those who are caring and