24. Juli 1999

Bern und Aeugstertal im Kanton Zürich:
Auf dem Götschihof der Schweizerischen Nationalspende für unsere Soldaten und ihre Familien kommen die Kühe nie auf die Weide! 

Die in Bern ansässige "Nationalspende für unsere Soldaten" hat im Zürcher Auegstertal einen Landwirtschaftsbetrieb, den Götschihof. 1994 erhielt eine Lehrerin, die sich kritisch über die Tierhaltung äusserte, den folgenden arroganten Brief: 

Sehr geehrte Frau E., Wir kommen zurück auf Ihr Schreiben vom 25. Juli 1994 an die Schweizerische Nationalspende, Bern, und nehmen wie folgt Stellung:

Einleitend gestatten wir den Hinweis, ass auch Landwirtschaftsbetriebe, wie andere Gewerbeunternehmungen, Privateigentum darstellen. Es überrascht und befremdet uns daher, dass Sie als Erzieherin mit besonderer Vorbildfunktion sich erlauben, ohne Anmeldung und ohne Konsultation des Gutsverwalters in die Stallungen einzudringen, um Erhebungen über die Tierhaltung zu machen. Unser Verwalter, der an diesem Tag ortsabwesend war, hätte Sie gerne durch den Betrieb geführt und wäre Ihnen zur Beantwortung von Fragen gerne zur Verfügung gestanden. Stattdessen kontaktieren Sie einen jungen Angestellten, der kaum ein Jahr auf dem Betrieb ist, und keineswegs fachkundliche Auskunft erteilen kann. Inzwischen haben wir einen Bericht des Leiters einer schweizerisch bestens anerkannten Landwirtschaftsschule eingeholt. Dieser bestätigt, wie Sie selber ausführen, dass auf dem Götschihof die gesetzlichen Vorschrifen über die Tierhaltung eingehalten werden. Ein Inspektor des Veterinäramtes des Kantons Zürich hat den Betrieb diesen Sommer geprüft. Er hat nichts beanstandet. Wir gehen mit Ihnen darin einig, dass es überall, sei es in der Schule oder auf dem Landwirtschaftsbetrieb, weitere wünschbare Verbesserungen gibt. Zusammen mit unserem Verwalter und unserem Landwirtschaftsexperten werden wir weiterhin prüfen, ob und welche Veränderungen verwirklicht werden können. Wir hoffen, Ihnen damit gedient zu haben.

A. Scherer, Präsident der Betriebskommission Götschihof 

Mit dieser arrogant-bürokratische Antwort hat die Nationalspende niemandem "gedient", am wenigsten den Tieren. Von Verbesserungen merken sie bis heute nichts. Die Kühe - ausgesprochene Weidetiere - kommen nur gerade zwei Monate im Jahr auf die Weide (vor dem Abkalben). Die restlichen 10 Monate müssen sie im Laufstall oder im Laufhof herumstehen, auch im Sommer. Ein Laufhof ist eine zweckmässige Vorrichtung für den Winterauslauf, ersetzt aber sicher keine Weide. 

Götschihof-Betriebsleiter Stump rechtfertigt das Nichtweiden der Melk-Kühe damit, das Weideland sei weit vom Hof entfernt - eine faule Ausrede, wie das Beispiel eines 80-jährigen Landwirten zeigt, der seine Kühe den ganzen Sommer auf den weit entfernten lässt und dort melkt (Bildbericht in VN99-2).

Von einer gemeinnützigen Organisation, die bei der Bevölkerung Spenden für gute Zwecke sammelt, würde man eine artgerechte Tierhaltung (kontrollierte Freilandhaltung) als Selbstverständlichkeit erwarten. Wahre Ethik ist unteilbar und kann sich nicht auf Menschen (Soldaten) beschränken. 


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