Gauchos versus vegans
The first thing I want to say is that I’m not vegan. I have friends and family who are, and for different reasons. Some for health (cholesterol and hypertension appreciate the consumption of vegetables), others by ethics. Fortunately still health does not prohibit me from eating meat, but the one that has to do with ethics I think is a discussion that we have to give. And it goes beyond gauchos versus vegans.
The human is the species that managed to conquer the planet. I remember that my old man repeated, as one of his mantras, that one of the evolutionary leaps (if I’m not mistaken about Homo Habilis al Homo Sapiens ) was given to from that our ancestors detected that if they broke the bone they could eating the spinal cord, what we know today as “caracú”, and that generated so many nutrients that made their brains grow. I can’t confirm this theory, but it is confirmed that what we call today “human being” feeds on meat from the beginning of time. And I don’t think it’s wrong.
So what do I think is wrong? The conditions imposed by the livestock business model. It should not be necessary to torture animals before eating them. We shouldn’t rip the picks off the chickens and the teeth off the pigs so they don’t hurt each other because we’ve got them crammed around in their own crap. It should not be necessary to wean a calf after 10 days and replace its feeding with any chemical crap to keep its mother’s milk . It shouldn’t be necessary to connect machines that hurt the udders to those mothers, making them horrible pain to have a chocolate.
Is it really a gaucho war against vegans?
So, I don’t think the war is between gauchos and vegans. I think it is between agricultural producers who in the name of the business ignore any ethical principles involved in the production processes and people with some respect for the rights of other beings. And those beings are also human, rural workers undoubtedly hold the highest number of people in appalling working conditions in our country. Perhaps what is being asked is not to stop eating meat, it is a change in the conditions of the industry. If the answer is that “they don’t give the numbers” and that “otherwise it can’t be done”, then perhaps we should stop feeding at the expense of the suffering of a living being.
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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