written by Linda Gardner & Stephanie Lodge
On August 17th, ten rabbit advocates — Stephanie & Phillip Lodge, Linda & Mark Gardner, Katie Straka, Kyra Kester, Christina Collins, Lane Ferrante, Cindy Slezak, Stephanie Smanto — gathered in Cleveland, OH, to protest the Woodmere Whole Foods carrying domestic rabbit meat in their meat counter. This protest was in unison with about forty other nationwide protests at Whole Foods (WF) locations. Most of us were a little nervous at first; until we all realized we were in the same boat.
We decorated all our cars with rabbit ears and pink noses and then placed large posters visible for anyone to see. The store manager asked us to move away from the front of the store and explained we could stand on the grassy areas in front of the shopping plaza facing a busy Chagrin Blvd.
The manager came out again and tried to make us leave the area where he told us we could be. Mark Gardner said, “When you get the owner of the property to call me and ask us to leave, we will”. The manager got a bit frustrated and said he was calling the cops.