The Oxen and the Butchers

: Aesop's Fables

THE OXEN once upon a time sought to destroy the Butchers, who

practiced a trade destructive to their race. They assembled on a

certain day to carry out their purpose, and sharpened their horns

for the contest. But one of them who was exceedingly old (for

many a field had he plowed) thus spoke: "These Butchers, it is

true, slaughter us, but they do so with skillful hands, and with

no unnecessary pain. If we get rid of them, we shall fall into

the hands of unskillful operators, and thus suffer a double

death: for you may be assured, that though all the Butchers

should perish, yet will men never want beef."

Do not be in a hurry to change one evil for another.