Outrage over The Cut Tav­ern’s post

Pinjarra Murray Times - - INSIDE - Vanessa Sch­mitt

The Cut Tav­ern man­ager said the back­lash from a grey­hound Face­book post was al­most to the point of bul­ly­ing.

A FACE­BOOK post from The Cut Tav­ern Bar & Bistro in Dawesville went vi­ral for all the wrong rea­sons.

The post showed a photo of a puppy and said the Cut Tav­ern was buy­ing a grey­hound pup to race.

“We are sell­ing 60 shares at $200 a share,” the post said.

In 19 hours the post had gar­nered 600, mostly neg­a­tive, com­ments and 300 shares.

“Well isn’t it nice to see you sup­port such a vile in­dus­try,” a woman said.

“This is ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing,” an­other woman said.

“You’re gonna (sic) lose so many cus­tomers, and you de­serve to.”

“Treat­ing these beau­ti­ful dogs like com­modi­ties for your own greed-driven gain... they are some­one not some­thing. Shame on you,” an­other woman com­mented.

An­other per­son com­mented: “how to kill a busi­ness with one post”.

While the re­ac­tion was mainly one of outrage, some peo­ple de­fended the Cut Tav­ern’s de­ci­sion to buy a grey­hound.

“It’s funny how a cou­ple bad guys in the in­dus­try turns ev­ery­one to grab­bin pitch­forks and taint­ing in­no­cent ones with the same brush,” one man said.

“The ‘in­dus­try’ isn’t cruel and you can’t force a dog to race,” an­other man said.

“If it doesn’t want to… it won’t. All these do-gooder com­ments from key­board lef­t­ards that have ab­so­lutely no idea apart from what they hear on A Cur­rent Af­fair.”

Some­one else said the dogs were well looked af­ter.

“How dare you take it out on the tav­ern you id­iots,” he said.

Ten hours af­ter the grey­hound post was shared, The Cut Tav­ern shared an­other post say­ing for ev­ery drink pur­chased on Satur­day, $1 would be do­nated to an an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity.

The Cut man­ager Kelly Brown said some of the com­ments were nasty.

“We’ve been in­volved in the in­dus­try for a few years and know first-hand how things work,” she said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the con­cern, but many of the com­ments are mis­in­formed.

“They do not sup­port the rac­ing in­dus­try but we do.

“Ev­ery­one has a right to their opin­ion, but to con­demn us for our opin­ion is un­fair. It’s al­most to the point of bul­ly­ing.”

Miss Brown said peo­ple had used pri­vate mes­sage to threaten her busi­ness.

She said the puppy had sold and they were think­ing of buy­ing an­other one.

Miss Brown said she would not re­move the post and would con­tinue with plans to race a puppy.

Left: The Cut Tav­ern’s post that sparked outrage. Right: The Cut fol­lowed the grey­hound post up with a fundraiser for an an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity.

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