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#1 avelanch

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:22 PM

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This is largely motivated by a previous thread where the ethics of hunting non-human animals were discussed. In this thread, I want to discuss killing non-human plants for food.

First, a few points:

1) I don't eat human plants (so don't accuse me of being hypocritical or irrational given the arguments presented)

2) I am not absolutely against eating non-human plants i.e. there are contexts where killing and eating or eating a non-human plant is ethically justified

3) I want to dicuss standard cases e.g. going to the grocery store to buy animal plants for your BBQ and to a lesser extent, localally sourced animal plants.

4) This discussion is intented to be respectful and hopefully intelligent. Obviously I will be arguing the position that it is not (in most cases) ethically permissable to eat non human plants, and in some cases it is morally obligatory that we shouldn't. Even so, I am more than willing to revise/further inform my position given persusive arguments.

With these points in mind, I'll put forward the topic to discuss:

I'll assume that many who respond will in fact eat plants, and think their act of eating plants is ethically justified. I would like to examine these supposed justifications. If you're serious and/or interested in the topic, I will do my best to carefully consider what you have to say. My hope is that some people will see some justifications as lacking and perhaps, might be persuaded to change their own practices (to whatever extent). A little dreamy? A bit. But as rational creatures we have the power to change what we do.

So, feel free to respond.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:24 PM

Feed these to the cows..................then I will consume them
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

Also, some videos depicting common practices involved in Plant production. Do these practices give us more reason not to support the general practice of killing plants for food?



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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:28 PM

Those poor plants never stood a chance.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:29 PM

I don't like to eat things because feelings

Edited by Witchcraft and Sedinery, 31 October 2012 - 01:33 PM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:29 PM

I see what you did there
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:30 PM

That's just dishearthening looking at that grain being butchered by man made machines.... :sick:

It's settled I'm becoming a meatatarian. I can't support the ethics in harvesting these plants.

Edited by Sanford, 31 October 2012 - 01:32 PM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

If we are going to discuss trophic levels, let us have one thread for all 5 .. the "decomposers" are feeling bereft .. B)
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

I am not sure if you are serious .

If so , what do you think human being's should consume ?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:41 PM

I not a fan of salad. I'm all for getting rid of lettuce and dandelions and alfalfa sprouts. I love bbq tomato with my tenderloin and corn so I'm all for most vegetables and fruit.

oh and kill as many plants and animals as possible. Can always grow more.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

3) I want to dicuss standard cases e.g. going to the grocery store to buy animal plants for your BBQ and to a lesser extent, localally sourced animal plants.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

3) I want to dicuss standard cases e.g. going to the grocery store to buy animal plants for your BBQ and to a lesser extent, localally sourced animal plants.


Animal plants are a real issue.


I am not sure if you are serious .

If so , what do you think human being's should consume ?


Of course he's not serious but if he was then the only things left to eat are human animals and human plants.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:56 PM

Bunch of herbivore savages!
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:02 PM

I am not sure if you are serious .

If so , what do you think human being's should consume ?


With a little bit of genetic engineering we can put chlorophyll into our skin cells and then simply eat sunshine and **** lollipops.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:02 PM

copypasta is delicious

it wouldn't be a proper parody if I changed the horrible spelling.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:06 PM

Only a cruel sadistic mind would even consider eating something as adorable as this:
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

Won't someone PLEASE think of the CHILDREN!!!!!
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:27 PM

It's even worse than eating animals, because plants can't even run away...
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:28 PM

It's even worse than eating animals, because plants can't even run away...


They can poison you though........
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:28 PM

Those images are absolutely sickening. I mean the plants are just growing, and then BLAM! some person is plucking them from their home, and putting them on a truck to be eaten.

Its like a vege-caust
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:38 PM

Sorry guys................I have to kill some plants to spice my meat.

Just think of it as a sacrifice.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:43 PM

Mowing the lawn is mass genocide!
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:46 PM

I not a fan of salad. I'm all for getting rid of lettuce and dandelions and alfalfa sprouts. I love bbq tomato with my tenderloin and corn so I'm all for most vegetables and fruit.

oh and kill as many plants and animals as possible. Can always grow more.


Have you heard of this new frog salad?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:13 PM

Have you heard of this new frog salad?


that has potential
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:28 PM

I dunno....we'd better eat them before....THEY EAT US!! AAAAAAAAAAAAGH!


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

And what about the smoking of non-human plants...?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:02 PM

And what about the smoking of non-human plants...?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:22 PM

With a little bit of genetic engineering we can put chlorophyll into our skin cells and then simply eat sunshine


You monster! I am completely disgusted that you would mention eating the poor sun. All it does is be nice to us and smile at us, and you think you can just eat its energy! How ignorant can you get?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:51 PM

You monster! I am completely disgusted that you would mention eating the poor sun. All it does is be nice to us and smile at us, and you think you can just eat its energy! How ignorant can you get?


Sure I propose to get my sustenance the same way the plants do by being (literally from the chlorophyll we will have in our skins) green?

Kermit had it right. It's not easy being green, especially around rabid helionazis!
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

This thread made me so sad that I lactated. That's how lactation works right?
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