Starost o zvířata v éře slintavky a kulhavky

Jeden plačící farmář nedávno v britské televizi mluvil o tom, jak mu střílejí ovce, aby se zabránilo šíření slintavky a kulhavky: „Je hrozné dívat se, jak naše jehňátka umírají – měly by přece být symbolem jara, nového života. Ale dnes musí kvůli té ohavné nemoci umřít.“ Naprosté pokrytectví.

Než se ze soucitu nad tímto farmářem rozpláčete, položte si jednu otázku: jaký by byl osud těchto jehňátek, kdyby epidemie slintavky a kulhavky nevypukla? Náš farmář by tyto roztomilé symboly jara odebral jejich maminkám, nacpal je do náklaďáků a poslal na jatka. Ze symbolu nového života by zbylo mrtvé maso. A farmář by si s úsměvem ve tváři dal proplatit šek, který obdržel za svou práci. (Ten šek dostane tak jako tak, protože vláda farmářům platí za zvířata usmrcená z důvodu zastavení epidemie.)

Jehňata možná přišla o několik týdnů života, ale zároveň byla ušetřena stresu z odluky od svých matek, hrůz transportu, možná několiksetkilometrového, a tlačenici a úzkosti na jatkách.

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