How cool would that be??
How do we decide where to spend our money? When out shopping do you choose a brand of soy milk for ethical or economic purposes? When deciding on a restaurant to eat, do you only eat at veg*n restaurants or are you ok eating at places that serve meat & dairy?
As vegans, we have choices to make. How far we go is up to the individual. And I am not always one to stand up & say “look at me, I am a beacon of ethics & thou shalt flock to me for guidance.” The mere fact that the purpose of this blog is to find veg*n food at mainstream restaurants is a testament to the fact that my veganism isn’t always about the deeper economic impact a boycott would have.
But now, I am faced with a difficult decision. One of my favorite Pan-Asian restaurants here in LA, Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport is operated by the same parent company as The Hump which was recently accused of “selling meat from an endangered whale species.” The Hump voluntarily closed its doors but Typhoon remains open.
LA Weekly Blogs reports “The Hump hopes that by closing its doors, it will help bring awareness to the detrimental effect that illegal whaling has on the preservation of our ocean ecosystems and species,” reads a statement on the restaurant’s site. “Closing the restaurant is a self-imposed punishment on top of the fine that will be meted out by the court.” Read the full article here.
“The sting was conducted by the makers of the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove,” which exposed dolphin slaughter off the Japanese coast.” Read the full article here complete with more links to other sources. The Lookout News also reports, “For Santa Monica of all places, the most environmentally friendly city in the state of California, to basically play host to this is a pretty extraordinary situation,” said Mark Gold, head of the environmental group Heal the Bay, during the public comment portion of the meeting.
What will happen to Typhoon? Are there enough high-powered clients to prevent the popular restaurant from being closed like The Hump? Will the city of Santa Monica take decisive action to save their reputation as an “environmentally friendly city”? It’s a story worth following. But for now, I am stripping Typhoon of it’s 5 sprout rating on the grounds that it sold illegal meats – whale, turtle & horse. I cannot give Typhoon my public endorsement any longer.