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Marijke Ottema, es periodista, psicóloga y trabaja para la revista National Geographic. Además, durante años ha sido vegana y fue candidata por el partido animalista holandés (Partij voor de Dieren). Sin embargo, un reportaje cambiaría su vida radicalmente. Hace dos años decidió adentrarse en el mundo de la caza para realizar una investigación sobre una práctica que hasta ese momento denostaba. Y ¿Qué mejor forma que convertirse en uno de ellos?. Esta decisión supondría un giro en su vida hasta el punto de afirmar que con la caza descubrió «la forma más ética que existe de conseguir carne».
Ahora, al conseguir los 25.000 seguidores en Instagram, Marijke ha querido recordar su visión de la caza y por qué defiende que animalistas, activistas, cazadores y granjeros van de la mano.
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Two years ago I was still a vegan. I believed that consuming animals out of the factories the way we do it nowadays was one of the biggest mistake of our times. And I still believe so. But I also became a hunter. As I welcomed my 25000 follower yesterday, I think it’s a good time to share again a little bit of my vision on hunting and food. When I was little, I was convinced that animals don’t belong in cages. When I got older this opinion did not change. I became a vegetarian, then later a vegan. I joined the first political party that represented animals’ rights, the Party for the Animals and offered myself as a candidate for the Amsterdam City Council. I participated in demonstrations and got involved in the public debate about the treatment of animals. During those years I often wondered if my love of nature would
be reconcilable with the killing of animals for food. Would it be possible to eat meat in a way that aligned with my ideals? I decided to investigate these thoughts by walking the path of the hunter. It was a path full of doubts and personal confrontations, of questioning preconceptions and gaining new experiences. Today, I am a hunter, and I do shoot animals for food, but otherwise, I and my views haven’t changed.I still actively campaign for animal rights and never purchase factory farmed meat produce. I am not suggesting that all people should be hunters. But the hunter and the activist’s common belief – that animals should not suffer to provide affordable sustenance in our diets – is a starting point from which we could build trust and commence a positive, constructive dialogue. I find it terrible that over 100,000 pigs died during barn fires in the Netherlands in 2018 alone. I cannot believe otherwise than that all people that say they love animals and hate it to see them suffer, agree with me: hunters, activists and farmers alike. So let’s act on our beliefs by reduce our consumption of animal farmed products and change our food production and consumption. – – pic: @jonkmania – @pursuitinternationalmagazine – – – – – – – – – – –