Ve­gan protests badly miss the mark

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Let’s put it into per­spec­tive. While our oceans are chok­ing from un­re­lent­ing plas­tic waste, peo­ple are go­ing crook about so­ci­ety farm­ing animals.

With threats of mass ex­tinc­tions of rare plants and crea­tures, some be­lieve the big­gest is­sue worth protesting about is whether the next-door neigh­bour is bar­be­cu­ing a few snags.

De­spite a com­bi­na­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal threats such de­for­esta­tion, ero­sion, air, land and wa­ter pol­lu­tion pro­vid­ing a fright­en­ing sce­nario for the fu­ture, ap­par­ently the age-old hu­man survival process of rais­ing animals for food is now a no-no.

Also, as an un­end­ing war against big­otry con­tin­ues to rage, there are in­di­vid­u­als more con­cerned about res­cu­ing goats from a farm.

Crit­i­cally, while peo­ple world­wide are strug­gling to deal with poverty and a shortage of read­ily ab­sorbable life-sav­ing pro­tein, here in Aus­tralia we have dis­rup­tive protests about grow­ing sheep, cows,

pigs, goats, chick­ens and so on. Be­ing able to pub­licly protest about the wrongs of so­ci­ety is one of the great priv­i­leges of modern Aus­tralian so­ci­ety.

But can we please make large, dra­matic and dis­rup­tive ex­hi­bi­tions about some­thing that is ac­tu­ally worth­while, makes sense, forces change and doesn’t phys­i­cally or fi­nan­cially hurt any­one?

The is­sues driv­ing ve­gan-based animal activists across the coun­try might to some ap­pear philo­soph­i­cally ad­mirable. Af­ter all, most would agree there’s not much fun in­volved in killing any­thing.

But the activists are push­ing a dead-end cause – to the point of be­ing a waste of time, ef­fort, money, re­sources and pre­cious fo­cus.

They are not go­ing to stop so­ci­ety from farm­ing and us­ing meat for food or other prod­ucts for com­mer­cial gain.

As hu­mans we’ve evolved as an apex preda­tor with eyes in the front of our heads.

There is al­ways go­ing to be some­one among us keen to tuck into a steak sand­wich or ham­burger.

As smart animals, we can make a choice as in­di­vid­u­als whether to eat meat or pur­sue other foods for pro­tein – but that, im­por­tantly, is all about in­di­vid­ual choice.

There is no doubt that as hu­mans we must be hu­mane in how we treat, raise and, yes, slaugh­ter do­mes­tic animals. That’s why there are strict rules in place.

But again, where are all the protests for the greater evils oc­cur­ring in the coun­try and around the planet?

How spoilt we have be­come.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.