Change the World

Since living in Vienna I have joined protest only once. More comfortable with the role of a spectator than the doer, it is probably due to my cowardice of staying on the safer side, knowing that I am in a different country. Regardless of HC Strache and his ilk’s distorted thinking that all foreigners are mean and baddy, I believe I am a freaking “good” immigrant.

So forgive my “excitement” for bringing this to you.

demo3.jpgToday while my son and I went shopping we were puzzled with the noise coming from the direction of the upscale store Kleider Bauer. I thought it was a “show” to attract the tourists. I noticed one protester was banging the drums encouraging my son to dance.

I don’t know if this is part of the weekend demo that is happening every week. The purpose is to go against the store’s avid support of killing animals for consumerism.

An hour later, fresh demonstrators were coming along with the police in their cars and bikes. Curious I posed the trolley closer to the protesters, took my camera like the others and started to snap pictures. Though I agree that senseless killing of animals just to utilise its fur for trendsetters to wear is a no-no, I believe that eating meat is a natural thing that shouldn’t be the topic of argument at all. And the caged poultry? Eggs have different levels in Europe. I find it nice that the authorities try to control the production and distribution. Prices differ between an “organic” egg and an egg from caged chickens. Still we witness mishaps i dealing with the situatio.

However, It is the question between morality and reality.

Granted that the demonstrators would like to get their message across by standing and walking with their placards in front of the stores, still I find it a bit strange. I don’t think the Kleider Bauer owners tour their shops, do they? Tell me, what can the Kleider Bauer salespeople do? Quit their jobs to save them from the shame of working there? What do they effing care?

The customers who left the shop were even booed. Did the protesters think they would earn plus points from doing that?

I guess, I am too old to be a radical.

4 Comments so far

  1. Philipp (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    They didn’t boo me when I came out of the KB store two weeks ago..


  2. georg cracked (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 7:58 am

    >I believe that eating meat is a natural thing that shouldn’t be the topic of argument at all.

    Ever since humans developed a conscience and ethic codes, the argument of something being “natural” doesn’t count for anything anymore. It is a choice.


  3. scott partee (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    One thing that pisses me off about those people is that they horrify my child. Now, I’ll admit that I saw this very graphic commercial by a similar group in the States. It showed a baby seal hanging out and being cute. Suddenly, a club lands on its head and blood spurts out, it cries out, and is quickly clubbed six or seven more times until it dies. That turned me off of fur for life.

    But when they throw those bloody fake weasels and crap out on the sidewalk in front of my stroller as I try to walk peacefully down the street, I want to kick the ever living shit out of them.


  4. melancolia (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    philipp> well, good for you. what i witnessed was really offending. if they would do that to me, i don’t know what would i do.

    george cracked> you are right it is a choice. to be honest you wouldn’t catch me eating beyond pork, beef and chicken. in asia where i’ve come from eting cats and dogs are usual. it is also proven that Bengal tigers who never tasted meat are never aggressive towards anyone. but i find it odd and even selfish when parents don’t let their children do the choice themselves. and the fact that they don’texplain the reason for the practice makes me insane.

    scott> thank the gods no one threw anything at us. my son went on dancing and that was it. although the presence of those people wearing huge animal masks reminded me of carnival. good thing they didn’t scare my child.



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