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    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008 edited

    Revolution is in the air, as the Swiss Government's Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology concludes that plants have rights, and we have to treat them appropriately. A majority of the panel concluded that "living organisms should be considered morally for their own sake because they are alive." The Weekly Standard, which is appalled, gives an example of how a farmer mowing his field is OK, but if he carelessly decapitates flowers while walking home, that is immoral. It suggests that "The animal rights movement grew out of the same poisonous soil." Patrick Metzger at Green Daily suggests that "this concept is a little extreme even for the most committed treehugger."

    Having scanned the report, I am not so sure that it is that far off base. It isn't just Julia Butterfly Hill who has fought for the rights of trees, and there are many who fall in love with their garden and protect their tomatoes like their pets, and give them the proper reverence when they are eaten. They don't pick them and throw them against the wall.

    Millions of Jains refuse any food obtained with unnecessary cruelty, and many will not eat root vegetables because it kills the plant; it is not like this is a new idea.

    They are not, like the Weekly Standard suggests, writing a vegetable Bill of Rights, they are only saying that all living things should be treated with respect. How can one argue with that?

    Edit - Link.

    I'm having a WTF?!? moment.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    Excuse me, I need to go eat a barrel of zucchini. While laughing maniacally.
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    I'm gonna go home and punch a few sunflowers in the face....
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    ...Okay. So. What? Will eating plants make you liable for murder now?

    I will say, though that that plant Star Wars pic is GENIUS.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
    I hear the cries of the carrots!!

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    Reminded me of this (still not sure if it's satirical).
    The world gets crazier... and no one is surprised...
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
    "Swiss Government Issues Bill of Rights for Plants"

    and then

    "They are not, like the Weekly Standard suggests, writing a vegetable Bill of Rights"

    I'm sort of confused by your post.
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008 edited

    Since I copied and pasted the article, I generally keep the title it was given. I didn't write it, so I feel I have no right to re-title it. The original name of the article they are basing thier article off of is The Silent Scream of the Asparagus, which doesn't have the same kick. Plus I don't care for asparagus.
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    reminds me of a phrase a vegetarian friend once said.. "I'm not vegetarian because I love animals, I'm vegetarian because I hate plants."
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    @Willow B100

    I love that phrase! (I'm not a vegetarian though, I hate them both equally)
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
    Sorry about directing that at you, it is a very weird and misleading headline that is directly contradicted by the text of the article.
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    I wish we could hear the trees screaming of pain while the chain saw is cutting them down.

    From the comments.
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      CommentAuthorWillow Bl00
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2008 edited
    There was a fabulous set of classes in the Religion Department of Indiana University entitled "Religion, Ethics, and [blank]." I took Environment and Medicine - pontificated on Transhumanism a fair amount in the latter, but the point here comes in on the prior. We studied some of the motivations of some eco-groups, and when you get down to the brass tacks of things, the line of where to draw sentience is vague and fuzzy (quite like a jackalope, really). Have we had a conversation on here yet about what makes something alive and what legitimizes rights?

    (please don't let this statement lead you to believe I'm a hippie in any way. I do not smell like incense, and I love my steaks done Philadelphia style)