A very good article from ntv
The corona outbreak in a Tönnies slaughter factory in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, brought up the pictures that nobody really wants to see.
Animals that just stumbled anxiously over the truck ramp now hang on hooks and bleed from their cutthroats.
The bodies are cut, sorted, and packed on the assembly line. Just as disturbing are the images of people who kill animals for their wages, cut them up, sort innards, and ultimately turn living organisms into cheap food.
It is literally a job that hits the bones – psychologically and physically – that takes place in halls where there is hardly any daylight, where animal cries can be heard and which smells of blood and guts.
And it is an open secret in the industry that many workers numb their pain with a lot of alcohol after work.
No, nobody wants to see these pictures.
And if they do appear, the guilty parties are quickly found: it is either the slaughtering companies – in the current case, Tönnies, because after all the pictures come from there – or politics, after all, the legislature allows something like that.
Neither is completely wrong. By far the most influential factor is YOU, the consumer.
German politics has missed a lot, especially since Julia Klöckner has been in the Ministry of Agriculture.
SHE has ensured that farmers can castrate their piglets for two years longer than planned without anesthesia.
SHE wants to legalize the illegal, agonizing-tight crate keeping subsequently.
The misery for animals and humans takes place in the slaughterhouses.
In 2016, more than 20 million pigs were slaughtered in the Tönnies farms. That is more than 2000 per hour or almost 40 per minute.
The job is often done by cheap workers from Eastern Europe, which are necessary to keep the jubilant prices in the discounter.
With regard to the Corona outbreak, the company could have taken better care of their health and safety. Tönnies could also change production and produce less, but higher quality, and pay and accommodate people better.
But what can you expect from a corporation that works on capitalist standards to meet demand? It is easy to point your finger at the “bad” slaughter entrepreneur.
But that is not the cause of the problem.
And with that, we would be with YOU, the consumer. YOU change the meat market with every decision you make on the cooling shelf.
Does it really have to be meat every day or is a high-quality roast from fair keeping sufficient once a week? And the argument that meat is inseparable from a healthy diet is just as refuted as the claim that you can’t cook anything delicious without meat.
There are now a number of good alternatives to meat that are not based on brutal production chains.
Demand determines supply.
But maybe the ghastly pictures are quickly forgotten when the canteen beckons with schnitzel fries or the cooling shelf with a whole kilo of minced meat for 2.99 euros.
And i mean…This earth has 7 billion meat-eaters. They live without any moral basis or principle in terms of animal rights: the one lacks knowledge, the other lacks education, the third lacks will, and the majority lacks all these together!
The majority of this society suffers from political apathy and irresponsibility; The average carnivore fears nothing more than changing their habits, despite so much information.
Information is not missing, the action is missing.
On the other side, there is a highly corrupt and well-organized system that works hand in hand with the meat mafia, creating a hard front against our struggle for the rights of the animals.
The meat industry is an oligarch system that governs worldwide; this system is very powerful and very adaptable, its methods are similar to that of the mafia.
Theoretically, it is true that the consumer has the power to beat this system, but this power is weakened by propaganda, false information, and cheap offers.
We should, therefore, be aware that only if we stay united, act together, fight together, we have a chance to abolish animal suffering.
It doesn’t help to say that they are the bad guys, we are the good guys.
It is about developing a common strategy against this structural violence, against this cannibalistic moral system, which sees and exploits animals (and sometimes also humans) as slaves.
Our experience shows that with solidarity in demos, education, direct actions, undercover investigations and systematic confrontation with legal means against this system has brought many times significant changes for the animals.
My best regards to all, Venus