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My commute to work shares the path of “chicken trucks” en route to the Draper Valley Farms slaughterhouse.  (The sanitized name is “Processing Plant.”)  Depending on the time I go into work, I may see a truck carrying live birds to their deaths about once a week.  Occasionally, I see live birds in the morning, and then a truck carrying dead birds in the evening…

12/13/11…Today at 8:30 AM I saw the ‘chicken truck’ driving north carrying live birds to this “processing plant.”  At 6:00 PM tonight, I saw a “Draper Valley Farms” truck driving south carrying the refrigerated body parts of those same birds.  What I want to know is this…

At what time did those beings experience the first pains of “processing?”  At what time were the frightened birds grabbed– by the fistful– by men unloading their metal cages?  When were they hung upside down on hooks?  When did the first one experience broken bones?  At what time did they realize they would die?  At what time did they hit the electrified bath?  When did the first bird miss the automatic throat-slitting machine & go to the scalder alive?  At what time did the ‘backup slaughterer’ start his shift?  When were the birds’ heads pulled off?  Feet & feathers removed?  Eviscerated?  When did the feces start to spray all over?  When did the carcasses commune in the refrigerated water?  When were these birds chopped up and packaged in cellophane?

AND…At what time will the delivery truck driver unload the neat little blood-free packages at the back door of the grocery store?  At what time will the stocker arrange the stacks of flesh?  When will the first customer come to pick through the piles of breasts, thighs or legs?  At what time will the grocery patron complain that chicken is just getting too “expensive?”

AND…When will that same grocery patron make the connection that IN these packages were birds who were exploited, abused, hurt and killed for NO good reason.  WHEN??  When will he go vegan?  When will she go vegan?  God, I hope it’s soon.

Chickens killed unnecessarily on 12/26/11…

Chickens killed unnecessarily on 12/27/11…

 Chickens killed unnecessarily on January 4, 2012…


For more about these birds, please read Chicken Dinners

Highline Bar – Seattle, Washington

Are you craving those classic greasy appetizers– like Fish & Chips and Buffalo Wings– but you don’t want to cause animals any harm?

Do you want to tear into a BBQ Pork Sandwich, but you don’t want knives tearing into pigs?

Are you craving some cheesy gooey-ness but you care about cows?

Well…Vegan dreams DO come true!


Highline is a vegan bar/restaurant located in Seattle at 210 Broadway Avenue East.  It’s a bit dark and dingy in there, and there’s nothing fancy about the place.  This is a bar, after all.  The menu is yummy.  On a warm, sunny day, it’s nice to sip and eat from the balcony while people-watching.  Funny…I always feel like I need more tattoos when I’m in this neighborhood!  Here are some things we’ve ordered…

PULLED BBQ HERO – Soy-chicken, sauteed peppers & onions smothered in house made bbq sauce topped w/ coleslaw.

REUBENDER – House-made vegan pastrami w/ russian dressing, smokey provolone cheez sauce & sauerkraut on grilled rye.

FISH & CHIPS – Crispy soy-fish strips (with nori) & french fries w/ tartar & lemon.  (You really must try them to believe how good they are!)


PELE WRAP – Maple teriyaki tempeh w/ pineapple, spinach, cabbage, red onions, miso-sriracha aioli.

THE MELTDOWN – Vegan tuna w/ mozzarella style cheez on grilled bread.

CAPANOTA WRAP – Chunky eggplant capanota, avocado, spinach, sun-dried tomato cream cheez, and vegan cheez curds.


"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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