The Schnitzel does not exist

Striped Insights

- ...tell me Zebra, are we already on summer break? - Why? answers Zebra irritated.

- Just thought so..., says Okapi and continues walking with a slight bob. - You thought? Am I too relaxed for you? Zebra wants to know.

- Not at all. But I'd like to say something before any summer breaks.

- Ok, go ahead.

- The Schnitzel doesn’t exist.

- Excuse me? asks Zebra. - I'm afraid I can't follow. I see people eating them every day.

- And I see everything that happens around it. It's not the pink product that decays pretty quickly, explains Okapi.

- What else do you see?

- I see that it's a piece of a living thing. I wonder if that is relevant to those who consider it a meal.

- Allow me to say: it's not alive anymore! Zebra points out.

- True. But how is this circumstance defined so that prior killing is permissible? After all, the animal did not end up on the plate voluntarily, and before that it didn’t drive happily inside the transporter to the slaughterhouse because it wanted to put an end to its life.

- One trick is to hide and deny it being dead.

- Reminds me of the emperor's new clothes..., Okapi muses.

- I'm afraid I can't quite follow your leaps of thought today.

- You pretend to see an appetizing morsel and fade out the bloodthirsty accompanying scenario.

- The lawyer Carolin Raspé, who deals with the animal person, writes that in intensive mass animal farming, hunting and animal experiments "the word 'kill' is avoided as much as possible. Some see this as a sign of man's natural reverence for killing animals, which, despite everything, has not yet been lost."

- So you see, and that's why I meant earlier: the schnitzel doesn't exist. You can't have one without the other.

Carolin Raspé: Die tierliche Person. Vorschlag einer auf der Analyse der Tier-Mensch-Beziehung in Gesellschaft, Ethik und Recht basierenden Neupositionierung des Tieres im deutschen Rechtssystem.