In a coffee house that goes by the name the surname is famous in the world of literature by the work of the writer who renounced the colombian nationality in order to adopt a mexican, and is located in the heart of the barrio Laureles, on the west of Medellín, Aníbal, the brother of Fernando Vallejo, spent a few hours of their days discussing the two themes that have marked his life: art and animals.
From that small space, invaded by books, paintings and aromas of the coffee growers, the Vallejo lawyer, a professor and dean retired from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia, where he worked for 27 years, says without pretense that you can tell the story of the city from the point of view of animal rights. More sadly, from the difficult struggles to end animal abuse.
To this Vallejo face serious and seemingly grumpy, like his brother, is not afraid to express their opinions even though they may raise a blister.
That is why it is recognized pessimistic to think of the future of the cause of animal rights and, especially, about the future of the humane Society of Medellín, an entity which presides over the honorary three decades ago and that this coming June 27 will meet 100 years “without penalty or glory”, he says, because the work that he has done is very little valued and their history to anyone interested.
In fact, tired of the politicians to take up the cause of animal rights as a matter of votes and not ethics, he decided to retire from the Board for the protection of Animals last year, which by law must conform to each municipality, and leave the column in the newspaper the World in 2015, which allowed him to expose in 845 articles everything that happened and is still happening around the animals in the capital paisa and in the country.
“Defending the dog but eat a cow, despresada on the table”
Hannibal does not regret having to travel in your car all the colleges and institutions of Medellin to interest more young people in animal welfare, nor of his participation in the congresses of ethics to defend the rights of animals are used in laboratories of research centers, but is disappointed.
“When I started to pick up animals from the street, dogs were barking, but now they get votes. The politicians have picked up the flag animalistic to reap things that were sown, by manipulating the community and creating a generation obcecada, completely aggressive and violent with the human and the animal, losing the north, and the compass of how it should be his performance with the animals,” explains Vallejo.
The lawyer is convinced that “it has created a montage around the animal protection entirely of an economic nature”.
“Defending the dog but eat a cow, despresada on the table, or the pig or the chicken. […] And what’s have deteriorated in such a way, that they say the four-legged, furry friends both, with a romanticism bobalicón and immature, with more sentimentality than reason, with more passion that dignity, and with a biased view of what it is to be human in their relationship with the animal,” he adds.
“We become protectionist, of the animalists, advocates of the furry friends both, without arguments and without reason,” he says.
The duty to be, as Hannibal, is to act without double standards.
“The animals are sharing a space that we will invade them. The move, the masacramos, and we continue exploiting our interest. You can not have double-standards of pulling the hairs and insulting using the networks because one person gave him a kick to a dog, without rejecting all that are behind those other chains: from the producers of footwear, slaughterhouses, research facilities”.
“The dogs I never bite, but the human itself”
30 years of struggle have borne fruit, but not enough and some not even recognized. That’s why Hannibal, by means of its words, conveys pessimism about the work in defence of the rights of animals.
One of them, and few stand out, is that it was thanks to an action of guardianship filed by the humane Society that Medellin has the centre for animal welfare The Pearl.
“You did not come to say with the chest filled with that Medellín is setting an example in Latin america and the world. The story has a lot of hidden. The mayors have not acted by magnanimity, generosity, dignity, did so because of a failure of guardianship,” says Hannibal on the legal action that forced the municipality to take the responsibility of what for many years, even today, you are required to the humane Society.
Hannibal regrets that the entity has been identified and disenfranchised to the point of considering that has no future.
Thirty-three projects failed to have a home with the right conditions for the care of the animals and their owners, zero partners and 50 animals that have not been able to find a family to adopt, because they are very big and very old, is the current scenario of the Society.
“The moral satisfaction I have left, the dogs I never bite, but humans yes. I came to accuse in the office of the Comptroller because supposedly I was stealing the silver. When my brother received donations of money from their awards, conferences, and copyright to cope with the expenses”.
The Society, explains Hannibal, for many years it was seen as a dependency of the State without being it.
“I have a list of official bodies asking for the intervention of the humane Society to go, decide, punish, to educate, to train or raise awareness. Supporting a load on top of another, with an aggressive violence against an entity that no one cares to think of how and with what it holds,” he says.
“This is not interesting to anyone”
The concern of Hannibal is that the protection of animals is reduced to a dog, cat or domestic animals, but “there are lots of other topics that cannot be touched”.
Among them, he explains, does not speak or ask for intervention against the slaughterhouses of clandestine, the marketing of animals not fit for human consumption or the farm animals located in parking lots of shopping centers, where they receive all the carbon dioxide.
Also discuss the training that is taught in the university that perpetuates the message that if a landlord does not have the money to pay, not caring for the animal, no matter the suffering they are experiencing.
“This won’t fix because we are not the generations and our politicians and public figures are predators,” he says.
Also, he points out, “is increasing considering the population of animals. We have six or seven faculties of veterinary science, there are clinics everywhere, beauty centres, mating, cremation services, salons, home-spa, they are doing everything. This is a business”.
“One can not with so much cargo”
The disappointment of wanting to fight with arguments, conviction and logic for the rights of animals in a society that recognizes the problem but does not want to fix it in the background, takes Hannibal to say that it gives a lot of guayabo “to see young people with that embeleco by save the animals”.
“This is very difficult, because the neighbors are hard, none wants to next to the house, because it lessens the value,” he says.
In addition, he says, “the animal that one gathers will be all the life, that you have to know how to wear it, because then come the problems of the family”.
Anibal and his wife have endured the burden, although he acknowledges that it is unable to see an animal in the eyes when the only option to relieve their suffering is euthanasia.
His sons, Hannibal, Silvia and Natalia met at Medellín in the shelter of the humane Society in a kind of internship with his father, he asked them to do before embarking on your professional studies. The first two, acknowledges Vallejo, have not returned to go, Natalia, yes, but it affects him a lot.
His brother Fernando also visited the facilities a couple of years ago, but, he says: “not what I wear.”
Should not be easy to see the abuse in the eyes of abandoned animals. However, while the appeal to sentiment is a valid way of seeking support for some organizations, in Society, explains Hannibal, “not used to the pain of the animal to awaken sympathy”.
“That is bad, because it’s not dignified. We must not convert the movements of animal defense in this,” he insists.
The entire history of the humane Society that Hannibal has collected in 30 years of leadership is in a file, in 300 pages of a book you decided not to publish and within 24 infographics that exhibits on the premises of the entity and in the coffee Vallejo.
“I wrote in vain, I in vain” judgment, because he is convinced that nobody is interested in the topic.
“I visited research centres to see the animal abuse, I got into the slaughterhouse, met to slaughterers, traders, transporters, not I refused to go anywhere, but it hurts me what is happening with the animals in Medellin. […] Society is going to adjust 100 years. People ask me how we are going to celebrate, but I don’t have why to celebrate, it would be a task of the city to dignify the work of those who made it possible were not the slaughterhouse that has been Cali or Bogotá”.