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Recently I have been fuming about an issue and thinking of a possible solution. My solution is to try to concoct a grassroots boycott of Home Depot. I have no idea how to manifest this, other than by throwing it out here to see if there'd be any momentum for the idea.
The problem is Home Depot is owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the Atlanta Falcons (NFL football). The face of his franchise is Michael Vick, whose house in VA was just raided by cops for a drug bust but they found a huge dog-fighting training center there. This is one of the ugliest things any human being can do, of course. The NFL, even with its new supposed crackdown on off-field incidents is not scrutinizing Vick and seem to be content to allow him to skate with this behavior. The pressure therefore as a consumer could be to boycott Blank's Home Depots. Even though often these types of activities are less than fruitful, often raising more bark than bite, awareness is never a bad thing. Anyhow, if nothing else, this bothers me and I figured I'd throw it out there.

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    Posted by dconcidine at 05/16/07 15:38:16

    Wow! I had no idea. I have been boycotting Home Depot for years, but because of how poorly their customer service was, but now I have more ammo!

    Thanks for the information!

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    Posted by Vegan Mom at 11/07/07 17:22:54

    Have you contacted PETA, or any other animal rights groups who organize boycotts a lot? They might be able to help or even start something.

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/06/08 09:09:26

    You may want to look before you leap on this one. You may not like Michael Vick, and the owner of Home Depot, but there are many good people working at Home Depot just trying to make a living and provide for their families. I really don't think it is fair to penalize them for the fault of others.
    It seems you may end up punishing the many for the sins of the few.
    If you want Vick, ( believe me I don't want him, I don't even like him ) then go after Vick. Don't weaken your credibility by shooting at and or hitting the wrong target.
    Just a thought.


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    Posted by Tatiana at 08/06/08 10:46:45

    QV- That's a good point. I think if we boycotted companies because something someone did who was associated with that company was something we didn't like....well...we'd be boycotting a LOT of companies. I think it's more important to focus on Michael Vick and his large part in these horrendous acts of animal cruelty than by focusing on a different company owned by the owner of his NFL team. I think it's just a bit too separated from Vick himself to make it a good way to affect him personally, which I think would be the end goal. The NFL let him get away with it, maybe it would be more appropriate to focus the attention there? Maybe a protest at a Falcons game or something of that nature? I just think if you boycott Home Depot Vick really won't care.

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    Posted by kindlizard at 08/06/08 15:48:06

    wow, it only took 15 months to respond. good job quasi.

    so do biz w all bad companies for the part time workers and such who can't find PT work elsewhere. great idea. Blank is a bozo, he is the one that makes out, not the guy making minimum wage getting piss tested, fingerprinted and so forth.

    At the point this was written, Blank was supportive of Vick, and no legal action was taken against him. So yes, raising awareness at that moment was crucial. If there were folks outside some stores the profile would have been raised, and bad PR is usually enough to make people reconsider their own indifference.

    Question my credibility? up yours. What have you ever done or suggested for the benefit of animals? Nothing? You still eat them so how can I expect you to relate to the urgency of animal rights? And precisely you go after the man who writes his checks, since at that point he was still supporting him.

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    Posted by Tatiana at 08/06/08 15:53:30

    Guess I didn't know the entirety of the story. He was SUPPORTING him? Guess money is the most important thing to some people, and since Vick = money, I can understand why he came to that conclusion. Wow...screw Blank! Glad I don't shop at Home Depot anyways. geez. Guess we all need to be more aware of what's going on beyond the "face" of the places we shop, huh?

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    Posted by HM at 08/06/08 16:18:34

    a word goes a long way.
    dig a little on peta before going that rout.
    I'm not a supporter of them.
    Sure they have a good message, but they have very contradictory messages as well (as in anti feminism, using practically naked bodies in many of their campaigns, taking away from the true issue and exploitation women have fought for many many years).
    Really.... words travel.
    and you don't need dirty money to make them travel. Nor do you need to hide anything about yourself (ie puting animals down to save them from being put down by the pound)

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    Posted by HM at 08/06/08 16:23:15

    Writing letters is a good way to start. Write to Home Depot CEO and every administrative person involved. Let them know your stance on the Michael Vick case. TELL THEM that it is wrong... BACK IT UP WITH TRUTH. In spreading the word, provide the address and emails if you can get them, as well as phone numbers. Plan a call in.
    As far as boycotting a place with people working at it... they get paid to work regardless of whether or not you go.
    It's like going to Walmart. I don't go to Walmart, and I don't really know anyone who does. They keep building stores though. It's a corporation that is one of the top evil corporations of the world. I wouldn't lend myself as a patron of that place if my best friend worked there (and there's no way she would)

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/06/08 16:58:04

    I think that Arthur Blank retired from the home depot in 2001. I think.
    The man in charge now I believe is named Frank Blake. I don't know if he even likes football let alone Michael Vick.
    I do not believe that I questioned your credibility kindlizard. I do believe that if your fire a shot and hit the wrong target you will bring your own credibility into question.
    I think it is a wee odd that you posted this better than a year ago and never really got any real response until I joined the HappyCow just this very day. And then you dis me for my very real and thought out opinion.
    You asked I answered and you verbally beat me up for my honest opinion. I think perhaps your are not as "kind"lizard and your name implies.
    If your opinion is the only one that counts why ask for others? Just assume that your opinion is fact and go from there.

    You have not an idea of what I have done for the help, health and benefit of animals.
    Again you assume your opinion into fact.

    As to my meat eating status again you make an assumption from a sarcastic wee of humor on my profile.
    The reason I am listed as "mostly vegetables" is there is not a "Fruitarian" label. About the only vegitebles I eat are watermelon, apples and pears. Not that I feel any obligation to explain myself to you. I just wanted to point that out.

    You have a nice day Mr. Lizard.

    Quasi ;)

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    Posted by HM at 08/06/08 17:28:03

    Quasi, are you denying you eat meat?
    on another forum you stated a juicy piece of steak was close to heaven for you.
    understand that a remark like that will get people in an animal rights forum, likely vegans, will question anything you say that may sound in opposition to what is said.
    common sense.

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/06/08 17:51:41


    I think you have me mis"stake"en for someone else. I think the feller that said that was the guy with the "hero" fighter that eats dogs.

    Really go back and read the postings.

    However HM, you do show a little of the point I was trying to make to Mr. Lizard.
    " I do believe that if your fire a shot and hit the wrong target you will bring your own credibility into question. "
    This was an honest mistake HM. I realize this. I am not angry at you in the least. In fact I do find it a wee humorous. Not that I am laughing at you HM. I am laughing at the situation.

    I found HappyCow just today and came here in friendship. It seems I have incurred the wrath of "Vegan" instead. It does make me smile a wee. A friendly smile not a menacing smile.

    Best to you HM.

    Quasi ;)

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    Posted by HM at 08/06/08 18:00:41

    no wrath of vegan.
    and I did get you possibly mistaken.
    However your site does say "I only eat animals who eat vegetables".
    To people in an Animal Rights forum, it can be quite offensive, as an educated animal rights activist or advocate has made that choice towards veganism in part or all because of the needless suffering of animals when they are raised for food.
    Not here to fight... just bringing out points of interest and understanding.

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/06/08 18:27:58

    I realize my sarcastic humor may draw a wee of criticism. That's KO. I have found that
    being able to laugh at one's self is healthy. It keeps me from becoming so stressed out that I don't jump to conclusions. Don't strike out in reaction and injure a friend. Humor and a happy outlook on life make me who I am. It is a choice I make.
    I do not apologize for my belief in being a Fruitarian. I do not grind it into the lives of others. I do laugh often at my life choice. And do joke with non-believers about it. Through my acceptance with many who would normally scoff at my life choice I have converted more than my share to Fruitarian.

    I understand an accept your point. I am not offended.
    Hay, You gotta' admit though, the wrath of "Vegan" was kinda' cool. I like the ring of it. ;)


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    Posted by kindlizard at 08/06/08 18:50:25

    actually, since this original post, things have been pretty much settled, why would you bring Vick back to light unless you are a troll? i think we all know you are otherwise why give caution to us about a dead issue. How far did yo have to dig to find this post in the first place? lonely? off meds?

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/06/08 19:16:40

    I did not dig at all. It was at the top of the list as I was looking through the HappyCow site trying to familiarize myself with it.
    Lizard boy. You seem to be an angry individual. Taking office where non is intended. Throwing out results to persons unknown. I have found that there are in general two things that make a person "Angry", or generally unhappy with life. Money and or morals.
    So which is it with you? Do you have a gambling problem? Is your wife spending all of your money? Are you cheating on your wife? Perhaps you feel she is cheating on you. Or maybe you feel the need to come out of the closet and can not quite find the courage. What ever it is please resolve it and get on with your life. There is to much good in the world, to let it be lost in anger is not wise or prudent. There is help you know. Just ask you don't have to live your life this way.
    I am not making fun of you.
    Get help. Sooner not later.


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    Posted by kindlizard at 08/06/08 19:43:17


    would this be johnny by chance

    how thoughtful and concerned

    profound even

    wrap yourself in the flag and (b)eat your meat

    nothing to contribute and no reason for being here, whats your deal?

    fwiw, i am confident and secure in my sexuality, and would see nothing wrong with being gay of that were my thing. seems you have issues with it though

    you are offensive thats why, but you look elsewhere since you cant quite claim responsibility, right stig?

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    Posted by HM at 08/06/08 21:09:42

    now who's calling names?
    I don't know that I saw any hostility or "wrath" as you say.
    And I didn't see the humor.
    I agree with proceeding with caution when going forward with any kind of action, from protests and rallies to call ins and even boycotting. Of COURSE it is important to know what you are doing so as not to look like fools or the T word that has been tagged onto us, as compassionate human beings.
    Yes, I said compassionate.
    And sometimes that compassion comes out in ways that appear angry because people just don't get it.
    Do you even know how hard it is to stand outside of a circus that has been EXPOSED NUMEROUS TIMES for serious abuse, even death due to neglect, yet still goes on, and parent after parent takes their happy little spawn in, even when they acknowledge that what you are telling them is true?
    It is hard.
    So when someone comes into a forum, specifically another one under the same "animal rights" and defends a person's right to eat a dog (as in the other forum), it's hard to take one seriously in another.
    no... I'm not angry. Pointless to put such energy towards someone I know simply as words on a screen don't you think?

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/06/08 23:32:42

    My point exactly. Soft turns away hard. At the battle of Agincourt Henry said that " the gentlest gamester is the sooner winner ". And he is correct. I am not condoning any cruelty to animals. I am in fact condoning respect for others and their legal rights. And preaching that it is through and by this respect that we teach the reasons they will need learn to accept what it is we want to teach them. Without it their ears will remain closed and we have accomplished nothing positive. In fact we stand to retard the very thing we wish to promote.
    With respect we promote the reciprocation of ideas. Thus planting the seeds and giving them a chance to grow.


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    Posted by HM at 08/07/08 01:09:24

    I think you misunderstood me. But I'm not going to waste any more time reasoning.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 08/07/08 04:13:32

    HM - thank you for your posts - I enjoyed reading them.

    Quasi Vegetarian - I like your style.

    kindlizard - no comment for you my tortured old friend.

    Mr Webmaster.

    Now would be good time to add other options to the "label list".

    Here are a few which come to mind.

    Buddhist Vegetarian

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    Posted by HM at 08/07/08 09:05:28

    I don't feel I was judging. I was trying to point out that, as Quasi defended a person's right to eat a dog or other meat, to come into an ANIMAL RIGHTS forum and not only do this but expect to be taken seriously is not likely to get a good response.
    Someone who's profile says "I eat animals who eat vegetables" can't expect to be taken all that seriously, and the last comment that he isn't condoning animal cruelty signifies that he doesn't think killing an animal for food is cruel. But across the board as an animal rights advocate (in real life not just on line)that is the opposite.
    I think people would just like consistency, because I'm sure you should understand that people who care enough about animals to fight for their rights and wellbeing are going to get defensive towards someone who sticks up for the rights of people to kill and eat them like anyone else, no matter what the animal. (see the post about a hero eating a dog... )
    and yes, I'm hearing him clearly. thank you.
    if this is a problem then delete my profile.

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    Posted by webmaster at 08/07/08 08:13:32


    I will work on adding more categories to describe veg status.
    As for this thread, to an objective outsider it seems that KL & HM are judging QV a little harshly, projecting a story on him, and not hearing him clearly.
    Also, to everyone, we would like to keep these threads "family-friendly" so please respond without being vulgar / offensive and take your arguments into Private Messaging if you can't contain yourself. Thanks.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 08/07/08 10:06:22

    Agreed Mr Webmaster - thank you for restoring the deleted post.

    HM - please do not delete your profile.

    Humor is a source of difficulty / misunderstandings in Forums where there is no eye contact.

    kindlizard & myself have a pretty sick relationship & we have abused each other from time to time but we fully agree on protecting animals.

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    Posted by kindlizard at 08/07/08 17:17:57

    johnny, i am neither tortured nor your friend. i think you throw that out rather freely for someone who admits to having multiple personalities and multiple listings on this site. I'd appreciate, as you are well aware, if you'd not mention me in your posts (as any of your names), thanks.

    Made an innocent idea public a long time ago trying to draw attention to a situation that had none. It seemed as though Vick's celebrity was going to get him out the jam and he would not be charged or connected to the crimes. I'm glad he did get connected and attention was brought to the matters, so this is a moot point. I fail to see how the creator of this site and a first-timer and a known hater can enable one another to tolerate such nonsense of encouraging dog eating and dog abuse on a vegan website. If that's where y'all want the direction to go, by all means go there. I think true animal lovers like HM and myself can network elsewhere.

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    Posted by HM at 08/07/08 17:25:23

    oh i'm not deleting my profile.
    and yes, i do have a dark sense of humor, and don't always know when appropriate but maybe i'm missing the humor bit.

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    Posted by webmaster at 08/07/08 18:28:14


    Didn't QV state that's he's a fruitarian?
    Why do you state he's "encouraging dog eating"? Did I miss something? I believe he was speaking on people's rights, on which the point was also made, just because something is legal does not mean it's right.

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    Posted by HM at 08/07/08 20:24:08

    look under the one about your hero eating a dog. He firmly states that the person has every right to eat dog where it's legal as everyone else.
    Plus he says he's a fritarian... yet his profile states that he eats animals that eat vegetables. If that's a joke, I don't find it funny.

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    Posted by HM at 08/07/08 20:31:00

    from your hero eats dogs... which is the root of my distrust. Coming into an animal rights forum and saying that with such effort (this is not the only posting to this nature under said topic) raises my brow. I've dealt with difficult people (hecklers during protests, defending things such as a fur store being completely legitimate and that we should leave it alone and take our signs home) that probably wouldn't state this claim:

    There are many cultures in the world. The truth, in my opinion, is that he has just as much freedom to eat dog meat as someone else has to eat a cow, pig, or snake meat.
    Now if he were trying to force me to eat dog meat we would have a serious disagreement to deal with. And I really don't care just how pound of pound tough he may be, he would loose that fight.

    Quasi :)

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 08/08/08 07:51:42

    Michael Vick was born in Newport News - in a project nicknamed "Bad News" - it seems that the restaurant choices there are worse than grim -

    +The family lived in the "Ridley Circle Homes", a public housing project in a financially depressed and crime-ridden neighborhood located in the East End section of the port city, an area known in hip hop culture by the slang names "Bad News" or "Bad Newz" according to the Urban Dictionary. A 2007 newspaper article published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted "not much changed" by observations of local people almost ten years after Michael Vick left. One resident said that there is drug dealing, drive-by shootings and other killing in the neighborhood, and suggested that sports was a way out and a dream for many.+

    Now that was a pretty bad start in life!

    Going back further you find "The Virginia Company of London" in Newport News either converting Native Americans to their cruel & corrupted version of Christianity, or massacring them -

    Let us hope that Michael Vick makes some better life choices once he is released from jail next year.

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    Posted by Quasi Vegetarian at 08/08/08 08:29:01

    Please go to the dog eating hero page and read my posting there. Responding on both pages seems redundant and just too.....too.

    Thank you all. I do know you all mean well, but truly. I do also. Just hear me out.


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    Posted by HM at 08/08/08 08:44:38

    I did.
    and I'm done.
    I think the point is completely ignored (the one that if you come into and ANIMAL RIGHTS FORUM and defend any form of right to inflict abuse, condoning it or not condoning it, is still something you need realize is going to upset or even anger some activists. This you would know if you were an activist, which a forum called "animal rights" in which you have posted under at least two topics.
    I know there is a difference betweening tolerating someone's right and condoning it, but for me and most every activist or animal rights advocate I KNOW... it is still FROWNED UPON.. and to defend that right of animal abuse is looked upon more of condoning than tolerating.
    and that is what you did.
    so either way, I'm done on this topic. And trying to help you understand what it is that was messed up, because you read over the words and ignore the original point, and post as if you have less of a clue than before.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 08/09/08 10:59:21

    Good addition Mr Webmaster!

    Thank you for adding options such as "Herbivore" & "Fruitarian" to the Profiles pages.

    How's about adding a few more?

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