I was just contacted by a guy who wants me to help him finish his website for a “farm to table” program he runs. I visited their current site and noticed that they offer meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. I have to decline, but I’m trying to do it in a way that balances being polite/professional with being antispeciesist. If anyone has suggestions, it would be appreciated. Below is my draft.
I’m sorry I missed your email, and thank you for the call. Your last email was caught in my spam filter which is why I hadn’t responded. I’ll be more careful to check that next time.
In some ways this does seem like it would be a good project for me. I have developed a website for a CSA program in the past and Django is my tool of choice. I already know how CSA’s work and am proficient in the framework that powers your website.
I visited your website and noticed that in addition to fruits and vegetables you also offer meat, dairy products, and eggs. Recently I visited to an animal sanctuary and met chickens, lambs, and cows who were rescued from farms. These animals were given the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe place without being milked, exploited, or treated like property. I realized that these animals were not very different from dogs or cats, yet people rationalized breeding them, taking their milk, and then killing them. After facing these animals and looking them in the eyes, I could never eat one again, much less sit at a table where people are eating them. I believe that killing innocent beings is an injustice, so I am forced to decline working on this project since it is a project that encourages acts of violence towards animals.
I am sorry I could not help you in this situation. If you have any future projects that are more animal-friendly I would be happy to work with you on those. Unfortunately my ethics prevent me from going forward on this one.
Thanks again for reaching out.