Fernando R. Méndez: To Kill a Fly



Now that mega-farms are in fashion and the quality of meat and animal suffering are in question, I wonder if killing a fly also provokes ethical and moral rejection. And a flea? Or perhaps trample the mouth of an anthill?… I suppose that in these cases size does matter. If the king emeritus had posed in his day with the horns of a vacaloura, surely the matter would not have raised so much dust. I say this because that radical defense that some groups make of animals has always seemed curious to me (from a cat up, of course, because the smaller ones: spiders, butterflies, crabs, rodents… spend their existence installed in absolute oblivion) . Those vigils and

those cries caressing pigs when they enter the slaughterhouse is a very respectable life option, although, let’s admit, its principles are more than debatable. Would we put the same effort into organizing protests at the gates of a chemical plant that manufactures anti-lice lotions or preventing a delivery man from filling a supermarket with insecticide? larva? And meanwhile, we consent to the crime of mites, creatures that at most cause sneezes and whose annihilation we carry out with disinfectant or by drowning them in the washing machine.

I know that sounds exaggerated. However, it is not necessary to descend so much in the size of the species to find other creatures -for example, those that are produced in cetaceans, fish farms or shellfish nurseries- and realize that there are no flags raised against animal abuse either, they don’t need to. Could it be that we only pay attention to animals that scream? Oh if we put a microscope in our lives! How much suffering would we avoid! For this reason, this whole matter of the macro-farms, Minister Garzón and those who jump on the bandwagon defending radical positions, strikes me as an unbalanced debate. Beware of the champions of Truth and those who pretend not to kill a fly, because their words can hurt more than a stiletto and their actions, annihilate companies and jobs. We are already served as messiahs. What we do need is more ‘fisheye’ vision, that is, broadening our sights, instead of sticking camels and other species through the depth of a needle.

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