Vegan restaurant owners receive death threats over animal slaughter scandal

The original location, where a demonstration is scheduled for tomorrow.
Photo: Café Gratitude / Facebook

The husband-wife team behind Cafe Gratitude, a super-trendy Californian vegan chain, say they’ve started receiving death threats, and of course, one-star Yelp reviews, after the announcement this week that they’re raising and slaughter animals on their personal farm. – a life decision that (come out here) might strike some vegans like a double standard.

Matthew and Terces Engelhart’s first Café Gratitude opened in 2004 with a founding mission of “sacred commerce”, a practice they believe is based on “honest and transparent communication”. Obviously, they have now eaten those words. This week, animal rights activists stumbled across a year-old blog post written by the Engelharts, and discovered a little-known fact: the couple had completely resumed eating meat, to the point that they raised chickens, pigs and cows on their farm in northern California. The couple have since released a statement explaining why it’s okay, and basically the reason is that God is okay with it:

If I knew a better or even another solution, I would choose it. We need cows to keep the earth alive, cows make an extreme sacrifice for mankind but it is their position in God’s plan as food for predators. Cows maintain the grass, predators maintain the herd by eliminating the weak and the sick. We can be part of this sacrament. Sacrifice is part of life. As in the passion of Christ, we must all shed our blood for humanity to know the Father. The sacrifice of the cow has been ordered, we must choose our own.

Matthew tells Hollywood journalist that people “have adopted the mob mentality” and that it is stupid that the choices they make “in the privacy of our home” make people so angry that they create “threats to our lives” . More constructive criticism has apparently included calls for a boycott, and there is at least one protest slated for tomorrow. Moby, a longtime vegan (and now LA restaurateur himself), responded on Facebook, “I sincerely hope they stop their practice of raising and killing animals for food. And Cooking Channel chief Jason Wrobel wrote the couple an open letter saying people feel “deliberately lied”, adding: “I firmly believe that a more public announcement from the company should have been made about the practices. on the farm, not hidden in an obscure blog post.

For their part, the Engelharts don’t apologize and don’t even seem to really understand the anger. Like Matthew said THR: “We are perplexed… I have the right to change my mind. And by the way, I never even told them what I was thinking. All I told them is it’s a vegan restaurant.


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