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Respect plants, say ethicists
Herald Sun ^ | 15 April 2008

Posted on 04/14/2008 11:08:56 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

PLANTS deserve respect, a group of Swiss experts says, arguing that killing them arbitrarily is morally wrong - except when it comes to saving humans or maybe picking petals off a daisy.

In a report on "the dignity of the creature in the plant world", the federal Ethics Committee on non-human Gene Technology condemned the decapitation of flowers without reason, among other sins.

Still, commission member Bernard Baertsche suggested the body weighed such cruel acts on a case by case basis, noting "the simple pleasure of picking the petals off a daisy might suffice as a reason".

Similarly "all action that involves plants in the aim to conserve the human species is morally justified,'' the commission, tasked to offer an ethical take on all areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering, said in its report.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: dementalillness; ethics; gaia; madness; pagans; plants
Just how many HUMAN babies are killed by abortion each year? The world IS going mad!
1 posted on 04/14/2008 11:08:57 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

The same plants that are destroying the planet by giving off CO2?


2 posted on 04/14/2008 11:12:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Aussie Dasher
That's exactly what I was going to say.

These “ethicists” are some of the most unethical monsters on the face of the earth.

3 posted on 04/14/2008 11:18:59 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: Aussie Dasher; wagglebee; Mr. Silverback

The awful scene in one version of “Frankenstein” is thus parodized.

Not just one little girl shredded like the picking of a daisy, but tens of millions annually.


4 posted on 04/14/2008 11:19:54 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: nickcarraway

Ah, vegans thought they had the higher moral ground... It won’t be long that that exhalted place will be claimed by dirt and mineral eaters.


5 posted on 04/14/2008 11:20:09 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Aussie Dasher

is it ok for vegetarians to eat animal crackers ?


6 posted on 04/14/2008 11:22:25 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Must be tough to be a comedian nowdays... how do you top this parody!!


7 posted on 04/14/2008 11:24:13 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Aussie Dasher

Gee I will give this serious consideration. Ok times up. These guys are nuts.


8 posted on 04/14/2008 11:24:19 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: nickcarraway

don’t plants absorbe co2?


9 posted on 04/14/2008 11:24:21 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: Aussie Dasher

Any plant in the wrong place is called a weed, something to be ripped out!


10 posted on 04/14/2008 11:24:55 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Talk about Entropy Incarnate!
Do you think these people even have any sexual organs?
Or are they all androgynous biological sports?


11 posted on 04/14/2008 11:27:15 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Tin eared zeroes and Hollypukes comin...)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I guess if Bass fishing says “CATCH AND RELEASE”

Could we then conclude that “ PLUCK AND GRAFT “IS OK

The next step would be the “SHOOT AND STICTH”


12 posted on 04/14/2008 11:40:51 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: Aussie Dasher
"he simple pleasure of picking the petals off a daisy might suffice as a reason"

An ethical dilemma arises for campers when a strong and broad leaf is needed for personal hygiene. On the one hand using the leaf is utilitarian and not capricious. On the other hand.. Oh, he indignity!


13 posted on 04/14/2008 11:45:35 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Aussie Dasher
As I said before, to be an liberal/progressive/environmentalist requires the IQ of a juvenile Kumquat and the useless zealotry of a hound baying at the moon.
14 posted on 04/14/2008 11:48:03 PM PDT by SeaWolf (Orwell must have foreseen the 21st Century US Congress when he wrote 1984)
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To: ThomasThomas

LMAO


15 posted on 04/14/2008 11:51:12 PM PDT by Gator113 (Hey Obama, "I drink your milkshake.")
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To: aquila48

G.K. Chesterton wrote about the humorously about 100 years ago.


16 posted on 04/15/2008 12:41:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: aquila48

What about respecting dirt and minerals (aka rocks)?


17 posted on 04/15/2008 1:25:11 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38
No one has even mentioned air and water. How dare we breath and drink capriciously?
Sweetbay supermarket reminds us that shopping carts have feelings. How much more do air and water have sensitivities that are trammeled every moment of their lives.
Al Gore to the rescue. Teach us how to stop breathing and drinking, Al. We want to be sensitive to Gaea.

.

18 posted on 04/15/2008 1:36:33 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Every year, millions and millions of tomatoes are torn SCREAMING from their mother earth. Stop the ongoing atrocity against tomatoes, join the plant liberation front.


19 posted on 04/15/2008 1:46:26 AM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Aussie Dasher

This is similar argument offered by (some) vegetarians why we shouldn’t eat animals. On philosophical ground, I don’t really see any difference.


20 posted on 04/15/2008 1:57:24 AM PDT by paudio (Michelle Obama: a Typical Black Woman)
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To: robomatik

During the day.

At night, when there is no light, plants use oxygen just like all other lifeforms.


21 posted on 04/15/2008 2:03:48 AM PDT by djf
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To: Aussie Dasher

Does this mean I can quit mowing the lawn??


22 posted on 04/15/2008 2:25:19 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: nickcarraway; robomatik

Plants use CO2 during their life and release it after they die and rot


23 posted on 04/15/2008 2:25:50 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Aussie Dasher

“the dignity of the creature in the plant world”

Oh jeez.

Ya know, a generation ago, this would have been rich enough in its absurdity to be a Monty Python sketch.

These morons are serious.

It truly is the end of Western Civilization.


24 posted on 04/15/2008 3:02:43 AM PDT by mkleesma
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To: Aussie Dasher

The Ameba Liberation Army is not amused.

Euglena lot of knowledge by talking to one-cell plants or animals


25 posted on 04/15/2008 3:24:39 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Governments hate armed citizens more than armed criminals)
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To: nickcarraway
Green plants = PHOTOSYNTHESIS


PHOTOSYNTHESIS -- a function or activity of green plants--is the production of sugar and pure oxygen from light, water, and air.



26 posted on 04/15/2008 3:33:07 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Does this mean mowing my lawn is morally wrong?


27 posted on 04/15/2008 3:36:08 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Aussie Dasher; Grammy; Diana in Wisconsin; proud_yank; CrappieLuck; jazusamo; george76; ...

LOL ping.


28 posted on 04/15/2008 3:39:21 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: nickcarraway
The same plants that are destroying the planet by giving off CO2?

Are you being as sarcastic as the article?
29 posted on 04/15/2008 3:44:00 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Mount Athos
Every year, millions and millions of tomatoes are torn SCREAMING from their mother earth.

Ah, but isn't it better to end their painful existence as mindless vegetables?
30 posted on 04/15/2008 3:54:42 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: lastchance

Well surely you wouldn’t eat plants either !
Join: Plants Have All Rights Too, (PHART)
donate here.
/s


31 posted on 04/15/2008 4:35:42 AM PDT by SouthWall (The new law shall If you are in this country illegally, you will never be eligible for citizenship.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Oh, brother. Now the NWO has a whole new realm to destroy America in.


32 posted on 04/15/2008 4:41:30 AM PDT by RoadTest ("- - Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols - - " Ezekiel 14:6)
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To: girlangler

Words fail me.

Literally.

Everything I might say is so sarcastic or rude as to get me banned, so I will just close my mouth and pray they don’t come here.


33 posted on 04/15/2008 5:33:50 AM PDT by Grammy
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To: Aussie Dasher

Tool (the band) did a weird song right along these lines.

It was called Disgustipated.


And the angel of the Lord came unto me,
snatching me up from my
place of slumber,
and took me on high,
and higher still until we
moved in the spaces betwixt the air itself.
and he bore me unto a
vast farmland of our own midwest,
and as we descended cries of
impending doom rose from the soil.
one thousand, nay, a million
voices full of fear.
and terror possessed me then.
and I begged,

“Angel of the Lord, what are these tortured screams?”
And the angel said unto me,
“These are the cries of the carrots,
the cries of the carrots.
You see, reverend Maynard, tomorrow is harvest day
and to them it is the holocaust.”
And I sprang from my slumber drenched in sweat
like the tears of one millions terrified brothers
and roared,
“Hear me now,
I have seen the light,
they have a consciousness,
they have a life,
they have a soul.
damn you!
let the rabbits wear glasses,
save our brothers...can I get an amen?
can I get a hallelujah? thank you, Jesus.


34 posted on 04/15/2008 6:56:37 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: girlangler; Aussie Dasher

LOL!

This reminds me of the 1960’s? when there was a movement by fruitcakes, hippies, flower children (don’t recall who) that were trying to convince everyone that plants had nervous systems therefore they shouldn’t they killed or eaten because it was torture, or some such lame thing.


35 posted on 04/15/2008 8:58:39 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: xp38

Google “endangered soils” and “soil diversity”. They already have that covered.


36 posted on 04/15/2008 9:13:24 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Aussie Dasher

I committed ethnic cleansing this weekend. I sprayed weed killer on the crab grass and mowed my lawn.

Oh, the guilt......


37 posted on 04/15/2008 9:44:53 AM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: Aussie Dasher

Be kind to plants. Eat meat. ;)


38 posted on 04/15/2008 10:19:42 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: xp38

“What about respecting dirt and minerals (aka rocks)?”

That’ll come in about 20 years...


39 posted on 04/15/2008 11:15:36 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: girlangler

Second that! LOL

I hate to throw out plants, and I don’t want to know what the kids are going to do to them in their science experiments, but, jeez! Get a life already!


40 posted on 04/15/2008 4:10:50 PM PDT by gardengirl
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