Забота о животных в эру ящура

Недавно в одной передаче британского телевидения фермер в слезах рассказывал о том, что его овцы были забиты в целях предотвращения распространение ящура: «Нам так жаль видеть смерть наших ягнят – они должны были стать символом весны, новой жизни. А теперь они погибли из-за этой ужасной болезни». Полное лицемерие.

Прежде чем вы начнете лить слезы сострадания к фермеру, задайтесь одним вопросом: какова была бы судьба ягнят, если бы не разразилась вспышка ящура? Фермер отнял бы этих маленьких созданий-символов весны от матери, загнал бы в грузовик и отправил на бойню. Символы новой жизни стали бы мертвым мясом. А затем фермер счастливо отнес бы в банк чек, которым ему заплатили бы за эту работу. (Сейчас он опять же получит чек, поскольку правительство выплачивает фермерам компенсации за животных, убитых с целью предотвращения вспышки болезни.)

Ягнята, возможно, прожили на пару недель меньше, но им удалось избежать горя расставания со своими матерями, страданий от транспортировки – порой на сотни километров, -- и толчеи и ужасов бойни.

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