I was reading Portland IndyMedia and this story about Tillamook caught my attention, since that is where I’m from (I know, scary!). Even though I am a vegan now, I have consumed enough Tillamook cheese in my life to fill a house. I was prompted to fill out a comment at the Tillamook Cheese website, and hope that some of you will do the same. Even though you may not even eat cheese, what they did to this farmer was wrong, and all too “normal” in Tillamook. Here’s what I wrote:
As someone who was born and raised in Tillamook, I have always eaten Tillamook products and felt proud in doing so (my grandmother even worked at “The Factory”, as a fudgemaker for many years), however the recent “letting go” of Xavier Avila from the co-op has prompted me to boycott Tillamook products, and to spread the word to my family and friends. Being from Tillamook, I am well aware of the good ol’ boys system** that allows for abuse of all kinds, including sexual, to go unpunished, and I will not support this system in any way. Mr Xavier Avila was behaving how any man SHOULD behave in defending women and their safety. His firing is unjust and saddens me deeply.
Sorry, but that really fired me up. I am so happy that there are men like Mr. Avila who speak out against injustice, even though I realize he makes his living by exploiting animals. Perhaps this situation will open his eyes to other forms of oppression, and he will see his cows as slaves, eventually becoming a veg*n himself…well, maybe. We can all hope!
**I could seriously write a fucking book on the sick shit that goes on in Tillamook, and some day I just might…