Some people, through what appears to be an excess of sensitivity, refuse to eat animal products. They envision the pain and suffering of our animal cousins and refuse, on moral grounds, to participate.
So well developed is their capacity for empathy that they apply it to all members of the animal kingdom.
By their reasoning, animals should have rights too. What makes us believe that we humans comprise a superior class of animals… just because we have the capacity to speak and to reason?
For those who are afraid of hurting any animal, to the point where they refuse to swat flies, lest they think of themselves as serial killers, science has now discovered that plants have feelings too.
Here’s the story from Modern Farmer:
Eating a leaf off a plant may not kill it, but that doesn't mean the plant likes it. The newest study to examine the intelligence (or at least behavior) of plants finds that plants can tell when they're being eaten -- and send out defenses to stop it from happening.
We’ve been hearing for decades about the complex intelligence of plants; last year’s excellent New Yorker piece is a good place to start, if you want to learn more about the subject. But a new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri, managed to figure out one new important element: plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it.
Keep this in mind the next time you chomp on that spinach leaf.
How dare you disrespect the plant’s feelings!
Time to do some serious penance for participating in the Holocaust that we call the salad bar.