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Vegetarian activists dupe media with 'cannibal eatery' hoax

DDP/The Local · 2 Sep 2010, 13:01

Published: 02 Sep 2010 13:01 GMT+02:00

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The VEBU vegetarian association caused a sensation last week by placing advertisements in for a 'cannibal eatery' going by the name “Flimé” hoping to cater to people wanting to snack on their fellow man.

Besides requesting potential donors of body parts to undergo a medical examination and become members, the macabre restaurant said it was looking for an “open-minded” surgeon willing to extract select cuts. The ads also referred to serving "Wari" food, a reference to the Waricaca tribe in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, which once practised cannibalism.

Both the German and international media fell for the hoax, reporting on the oddball ad campaign. But on Thursday VEBU announced that “Flimé” was actually an abbreviation for Fleisch isst Menschen, or “meat eats humans.”

“Whether it’s world hunger, climate change, water shortage, deforestation, animal disease or lifestyle diseases – all of these huge global problems are caused by or intensified by our meat consumption,” the group's spokesman Sebastian Zösch said.

VEBU’s campaign was designed to draw attention to the issues connected to meat consumption, he said, adding that every 3.6 seconds a human dies of starvation while the majority of the world’s grain goes to feeding livestock.

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The organisation’s formerly mysterious restaurant website, which now reveals the true nature of the campaign, compared eating meat to “consuming people.”

“Those who don't want to harm people with their diet should abandon eating meat altogether and adopt a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle,” the site said.

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14:48 September 2, 2010 by William Thirteen
drat, i was hoping for a tasty morsel of the 'long pig'!

amusingly one of the politicians here in Berlin felt this stunt was extra 'tasteless' given the fact that Bernd Jürgen Brandes - the man who volunteered to be eaten by Armin Meiwes, the Rotenburg Cannibal - was a Berliner!
17:00 September 2, 2010 by freechoice
the steak looks delicious!!! hmm....
17:23 September 2, 2010 by steamy pony
it was a badly-conceived campaign, but it did unwittingly expose the willingness of much of the media to write - and of people to read - anything containing the magic ingredient of cannibalism.

Doesn't mean that people who don't eat meat are necessarily mad veggies though.

It is also possible to decide not to eat meat for moral and environmental reasons without being a nutter.
02:45 September 3, 2010 by vonSchwerin
This just shows how stupid the media are. A cannibal restaurant in Berlin? No one bothered to investigate this? Or maybe even think that such an enterprise would have legal problems and not even exist?

As for protesting the consumption of meat, this was another stupid stunt that does nothing to convince anyone to embrace vegetarianism. If anything, it just makes people think the VEBU people are imbeciles.
07:56 September 3, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
Yes, tasteless vegetarians, Lorelei. Except the part about people starving while most of the world's grain is fed to cows is actually true. Is that the kind of world we want to live in? I guess so, since we don't want anyone to be a pussy vegetarian. Better to grow grain for cows & have the rest of us just go along with it rather than change an environmentally destructive practice. Cow crap gets in the water supply, but best not to think about that. Not mention food poisoning, which those pussy vegetarians don't seem to get.

Produce more meat & promote more monoculture, it's the way of the future! And while we're at, let's just stick to oil for the time being. Who cares about the impact? We'll all be dead by then anyway!"

At least I will, not having any children. Now excuse me, I'm going to drive 200 miles to eat some steak, half of which I won't eat, just to p**s off poor people.
10:38 September 3, 2010 by Joshontour
Wow 1FCK- I was just thinking the same, in fact I just got back from flying my Cessna 600NM to eat Gyros at my favorite Greek restaurant. The portion was way to big to finish, so I took it home and put it in the fridge. Don't worry though, I won't get around to eating it before I have to toss it. You're alive, so live a little.
04:50 September 4, 2010 by sorochin
Ever notice how often people who claim to love animals and the environment simply hate human beings?
06:37 September 4, 2010 by ColoSlim
It was only Flime Flam after all.
18:24 September 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"Ever notice how often people who claim to love animals and the environment simply hate human beings?"

People are the worst ones.
15:14 September 9, 2010 by gryphonberlin
i dare you all mto google lists of famous vegetarians..and see how many of them are nutters.... you'd be surprised - and no "adolf" wass not a vegetarian .. his doctor recommended it - but he wasn't.

and if pamela anderson can keep her body looking as it does, as a VEGAN - without cosmetic surgery - then it shows that it is a healthy alternative - even the romans, up until ceaser (et tu brute) were mainly vegetarians - soldiers and all .. well they certainly also acchieved a lot on a no meat diet .

that was the point of the stunt. but no matter how sane and rational the evidence... meat eaters won't listen unless it is done in an outrageous way. wake up! they now want to start feeding meat to chickens and cattle again - but i guess that's o.k... to meat eaters.
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