Will the future be vegan

Will Veganism Triumph?

A report on SPIEGEL-ONLINE made me think a little. Under the title "GLASS BATTLEHOUSE IN DENMARK: KILLING INCLUDED." there was a report about the “show slaughterhouse” of the meat company Danish Crown in the small town of Hortens. And its effects on public opinion.

Every day, 20,000 pigs pass through a perfect industrial cutting system, which is visited by 200,000 visitors, a quarter of whom are school children, every year. Edutainment with blood and interactive explanatory screens. Motto: We have nothing to hide, on the contrary, we have a lot to show. State-of-the-art design, perfect hygiene, only when the poor pigs are “de-gut” it stinks a little right up to the visitor stands.

On a conveyor belt, large pieces of meat slowly move past workers in blue aprons, white work shoes and coarse chain gloves who always make the same cuts. Machines sort the boxes full of pieces of meat fully automatically and transport them to the packing stations. Live pigs are processed into ham and chops here within an hour.

Why are so many people interested in a place of horror? The acceptance for eating meat actually increases after visiting the facility. Especially with children and adolescents. Every question is answered, you are allowed to take photos, even SHOULD be. Visitors tell of a strange, almost artistic fascination that emanates from the perfect hygienic spectacle, the long conveyor belts on which perfectly cut pork parts run, the butchers in long rows who, despite all the blood, always seem to wear clean aprons. Because few employees are needed due to the extremely high level of effectiveness, they can be paid high wages.

The last visitor gallery on the tour is sparser than the rest - no more multimedia explanatory screens, no warm colors, just large windows with a view of the assembly line killing: the pigs travel nine meters below the ground in a closed elevator, where they are stunned with carbon dioxide. They reappear unconscious on a conveyor belt, are hung up by their hind legs and transported to the killing station. A man stabs the animals directly into the main artery with a kind of hollow lance, the blood is pumped out through a connected hose - not a drop can be seen - and later processed into animal feed. Assembly line work, a pig every few seconds, a stitch. "

If every slaughterhouse were structured in this way and so transparent, then there would probably be fewer exploited workers, fewer pigs killed without being stunned and hardly any scandals in the industry. Even vegetarians have little to complain about after the tour, "says tour guide Poulsen.

In the debate about the flesh, deep desires meet equally deep feelings of fear and disgust. Our relationship with nature - the great German obsession issue - collides with the fundamental question of world trust. In animals, the emotionalized debate seems to suggest, we kill and abuse ourselves. But is it possible to kill “decently”?

Is it a coincidence - or a perfidy of the meat lobby? - that bloody magazines like BEEF are prospering at the same time? That strong women around 50 in our circle of acquaintances make the HUNTING LICENSE? Maybe we don't long for vegetables, but for a different, more honest relationship with animals, with killing.

My prognosis: YES, meat consumption will slowly continue to decline. That is more than a good thing. The terrible excesses of this industry have come to an end. But just as the green moralists of yore like to drive consumption-controlled SUVS today, the meat won't let us off the hook either. FLEISCH tells us a deeper story: that of evolution, which is not a harmonious sustainability event. but also a narrative of dominance and death. There is a deeper fever in eating meat than just nutritional issues. Abolishing it would mean eliminating a fundamental human dimension. But we're not getting out of there that easily. And that's why FLEISCH will always experience a powerful RETRO, as it should be with a real megatrend.