[Austin American-Statesman - opinion]
A friend of mine joked that it wouldn't hurt his feelings if Tarrytown
Shopping Center owner Jeanne Daniels got eaten by a bear.
Now there's an irony I'm sure many people living in Tarrytown would
like to see on Animal Planet.
Daniels -- aka The Meat Lady -- is the draconian veghead owner of the
mall in West Austin who keeps running off beloved businesses in her
mall for selling animal-based products, while showing no regard for
the feelings of the neighbors or small-business people.
If she was doing the same thing to, say, Joe's Bakery in East Austin,
people would be marching in front of City Hall. But since Tarrytown is
mostly white and wealthy, she can get away with it.
Businesses that Daniels has run out of her mall include Texas French
Bread (guilty of chicken sandwiches), the Grocery (deli products) and
Formosa (kung pao chicken). She made the liquor store stop selling
caviar because they're fish eggs.
"I first became aware of the innate cruelty involved in the slaughter
of animals for their furs in 1986. I have not purchased or worn any
fur from any animal since that time. . . . If you find the thought of
wearing dog or cat fur unacceptable, it should only make sense that
you wouldn't want to wear the fur of any animal."
I guess the good news is that when Daniels has finally done in her own
mall, and there's nothing left but stubble, it will be a good place to
set the neighborhood stray cats free.
Heck, I'm sure she'd be glad to take care of 'em.
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