Llewellyn Witches’ Calendar Offends Animal Loverssam
New Age Journal is a witch/Wiccan friendly publication, and we have been longtime supporters of the Llewellyn publishing company. We were, therefore, surprised and disappointed to learn of the lack of sensitivity regarding animal rights in general and rabbits in particular as demonstrated in the 2011 Llewellyn Witches’ calendar, evidenced by the email message from Dana Krempels, copied below. Not only are we familiar with the good work of Dr. Krempels, but we are also proud to be rabbit rescuers.
-Robert Scheer, Editor, NewAgeJournal.com
I don’t know how many of you buy the Llewellyn Witches’ calendar each year (I’m betting more than a few of you), but if you got the desk calendar this year…check out spring. There is a recipe for “rabbit with spring vegetables” for Ostara (Easter).
Appended below is the letter I sent their Customer Service department, in case anyone wants more details or wants to also write to tell them how disgusting this is.
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:52:07 -0500 (EST)
From: Dana Krempels <email@example.com>
Subject: Desk calendar: Ostara
Dear Llewellyn Folks,
I have always enjoyed your Witches’ calendars, and have used one or two every year for more than a decade. I am a rabbit rescuer, and hares are my familiars. They are like my family.
Imagine my shock when my friend (and fellow rescuer), Regina Whitman was leafing through her new Llewellyn desk calendar while I looked over her shoulder, only to find a “Rabbit with Spring Vegetables” recipe for Ostara. Gee, how thoughtful.
But wait! You forgot the recipes for braised black cat with dill sauce for Samhain, and Golden Retriever kabob for Mabon.
Yes, that’s about how well the rabbit recipe will go over with a large number of your customers, many of whom are rabbit rescuers or just have rabbits as beloved members of their families.
PLEASE never do this again. Rabbits and hares are sacred creatures, close to the earth and imbued with special spiritual significance for many of us. They do not belong on a dinner plate, and a company like yours should not be promoting them as food.
I will not be purchasing a Llewellyn calendar this year, and won’t again until I am assured that you will not be publishing any such recipes in future editions. I plan on letting my *thousands* of rabbit-loving friends (and I do not exaggerate; I own EtherBun, the largest rabbit-related listserve on the Internet (7000+ members), and am a member of many others) know about this, so they can confirm that they are just as revolted by this as Regina and I are. We are not alone, and we are not (inordinately) crazy.
Thank you for taking our concerns seriously.
Dana Krempels, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of Miami Department of Biology
firstname.lastname@example.org <dana%40bio.miami.edu> ^
Compassion towards animals is essentially
bound up with goodness of character.
Whoever is cruel to them cannot be good to men.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
Definitely share far and wide! Thanks for spreading the word!