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Switzerland Wants to Protect the Rights of Plants
FOXNews ^ | Monday, May 05, 2008 | Brit Hume

Posted on 05/06/2008 2:18:25 PM PDT by DaveyB

Plants' Rights It isn't just the rights of animals that some are promoting. The Weekly Standard reports an ethics panel in Switzerland is expressing concern that the arbitrary killing of plants is morally wrong. The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology says that humans cannot claim "absolute ownership" over plants; that "individual plants have an inherent worth," and that man may not use them as he pleases.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: environment; envirowacko; plants
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It cites a hypothetical example of a farmer "decapitating" wildflowers as expressing a moral stance toward the organism and possibly doing something bad to the flowers themselves. One critic of the report says the concept of plant dignity provides what he called "another tool of opponents to argue against any form of plant biotechnology." - end of excerpt.

The dignity of plants? - No this is not satire!!! You can't make this stuff up!

1 posted on 05/06/2008 2:18:25 PM PDT by DaveyB
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To: DaveyB

Can’t wait for this insanity to pop up here in the USA.


2 posted on 05/06/2008 2:20:41 PM PDT by PeterFinn (McCain in 2008 means Hillary in 2012.)
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To: DaveyB

This is the natural progression of groups like PETA, World Wildlife Fund, Earth Liberation Front (ELF), Greenpeace and that crowd.


3 posted on 05/06/2008 2:20:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: DaveyB

ok, we’re going off the deep end here. First we have to be concerned about animal rights, and now plant rights?


4 posted on 05/06/2008 2:21:22 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: DaveyB

Related...

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2008/05/silent-scream-of-asparagus.html


5 posted on 05/06/2008 2:21:35 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: DaveyB

I’m no longer inclined to walk around grassy areas on concrete paths. From now on I think I’ll take the shortest route. And, if some wildflower is in the way, it’s toast.


6 posted on 05/06/2008 2:21:35 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: DaveyB

save the plants
abort the babies
another great moment in liberal logic


7 posted on 05/06/2008 2:22:38 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: DaveyB

The success and consequent wealth of western civilisation leads to nonsense such as this.

The West’s success has turned it into an over-ripe piece of fruit, on the verge of spoilage.


8 posted on 05/06/2008 2:23:20 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: DaveyB
The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology says that "individual plants have an inherent worth,"

They certainly do...


9 posted on 05/06/2008 2:25:35 PM PDT by avacado
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To: DaveyB
The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology says that humans cannot claim "absolute ownership" over plants; that "individual plants have an inherent worth," and that man may not use them as he pleases.

Does that work both ways? If I'm laid up with a back injury and can't get up to take care of my house, will the committee dispatch someone to make sure the plants outside don't take over my yard, wear away my driveway, and start climbing the walls of my house?

10 posted on 05/06/2008 2:26:18 PM PDT by American Quilter (AIDS....drugs.......abortion......don't liberals just kill you?)
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To: DaveyB

I think the bacteria that produce Swiss Cheese have inherent worth too. Oh wait...you say now I’m meddlin”?


11 posted on 05/06/2008 2:27:31 PM PDT by TexanToTheCore (If it ain't Rugby or Bullriding, it's for girls.........................................)
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To: PeterFinn

My daughter was sighted for picking wildflowers in N.C. and had to appear in court. She didn’t realize there were protected plants!


12 posted on 05/06/2008 2:29:25 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: DaveyB

As a degreed Horticulturist and gardener, I can assure you that the weeds and grass in my lawn (what little grass is left) are all treated with equal respect. All are mowed equally, but irregularly. I won’t say the same for some of the stuff trying to take over the shrubs and flower beds...


13 posted on 05/06/2008 2:30:13 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: DaveyB

Drunk politicians - again


14 posted on 05/06/2008 2:32:40 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: sarasota
I'm getting sick of all these stupid laws. F*** the lawmakers and the idiots who would enforce such S***!


15 posted on 05/06/2008 2:35:54 PM PDT by Clock King (The Oligarchy will make slaves of us all)
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To: DaveyB

Save the poison ivy!


16 posted on 05/06/2008 2:36:14 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: DaveyB

Secular humanism evolves to secular organism.


17 posted on 05/06/2008 2:37:11 PM PDT by Biblebelter (Barry, your Uncle Jeremiah is speaking now, Barry can you hear him, Barry what you say now.)
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To: DaveyB

This is what we get for allowing proponents to separate rights from responsibilities. When people, animals and plants are accorded rights by the community but not expected to live up to their responsibilities to the same community, then we get this kind of nonsense.


18 posted on 05/06/2008 2:37:27 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: SoldierDad
I’m no longer inclined to walk around grassy areas on concrete paths.

I've felt the same way ever since I saw "Life After People" on the History Channel a few weeks ago. It's a documentary on how long it would take the earth to eradicate the effects of human existence if we were suddenly to disappear. It was supposed to be a paean to the healing of the earth once free of nasty old humankind, but to me at least it had a distinctly different effect.

The program projected the decay and eventual disappearance of roads, buildings, and other manmade structures over the course of time, and what became abundantly clear is that plants, insects, and animals are just as determined to take over the planet as humans could ever be. They may operate by instinct rather than thought, but they're therefore completely untroubled by any concern for any other species. The program taught me that if I don't keep a constant, watchful eye on my property, the plants, followed by the insects, followed by the animals, will promptly begin to take over and destroy everything I own.

The program is a great, though unwitting, advocate for human dominance of the planet.

19 posted on 05/06/2008 2:37:40 PM PDT by American Quilter (AIDS....drugs.......abortion......don't liberals just kill you?)
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To: Clock King

Oh NO! I maimed my lawn today using a gasoline powered engine and a terrifying spinning blade!


20 posted on 05/06/2008 2:38:15 PM PDT by urabus (Who is Bobby Buntrock?)
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To: DaveyB

Clearly the first nation-state composed of vegetables. I am not willing to become a vegetable for supposed protection.


21 posted on 05/06/2008 2:40:27 PM PDT by givemELL
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To: TexanToTheCore
I think the bacteria that produce Swiss Cheese have inherent worth too. Oh wait...you say now I’m meddlin”?

You are not far off. How about the germs that cause polio or small pox? Aren't they alive. Aren't they just as deserving of life as any other organism? Who are we to judge? Who are we to force our cultural values and prejiduces on other forms of life.

22 posted on 05/06/2008 2:40:28 PM PDT by Random Access
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To: givemELL

Melon-heads!


23 posted on 05/06/2008 2:42:30 PM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: American Quilter
Interesting show it was indeed. When all of this organic business started a few years ago a chemistry professor indicated we should keep using sprays; he said the natural protection plants produce to ward off trouble is wicked toxic.
24 posted on 05/06/2008 2:44:31 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: DaveyB

I have been in favor of this for some time. We need to stop the unethical treatment and consumption of plants. Lawyers must be called to defend those that are unable to just, runaway.


25 posted on 05/06/2008 2:49:12 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Hallmarks of Liberalism: Ingratitude and Envy))
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To: avacado

Yeah, but Brussel sprouts and okra are free to live to a ripe old age as far as I’m concerned, and die in their (garden) bed.


26 posted on 05/06/2008 2:49:33 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: DaveyB
Watch the libs to a fast 180 on this when kudzu invades their pot garden.


27 posted on 05/06/2008 2:49:53 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: sarasota
My daughter was sighted for picking wildflowers in N.C. and had to appear in court. She didn’t realize there were protected plants!

What did you expect? The county was broke and the judge wanted a raise.

28 posted on 05/06/2008 2:50:51 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: PeterFinn

I need help in how to react to this story. Do I laugh or cry? Or laugh till I cry?


29 posted on 05/06/2008 2:52:08 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: PeterFinn; DaveyB; 2ndDivisionVet; Dilbert San Diego; traderrob6; SoldierDad; JohnLongIsland; ...

[... Can’t wait for this insanity to pop up here in the USA...]

It’s already here.

Last year, while building our home in the Pacific
Northwest, it became necessary to call an arborist
regarding a sick and deadly maple on our property.
When it was determined that the tree should go, the
arborist said he could “euthenize” the tree for $1500
then added how unfortunate it was that the tree would
have to “pass on”. Then, silly me, I said, “of course
it was unfortunate, but afterall people ARE more
important than trees”. (Crickets)

Flippin’ moonbat! Wonder if he mows his grass. Next
thing it will be a crime to cut our own hair and nails.

GENESIS 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

GENESIS 2:15
God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it...


30 posted on 05/06/2008 2:53:55 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: JaguarXKE

Has Massachusetts’ Chief Judge ordered that marriage be allowed to higher plants yet?


31 posted on 05/06/2008 2:56:07 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Jo Nuvark

It was bound to happen when the Veggie Tales generation grew up. - Must save the cucumber!


32 posted on 05/06/2008 2:57:07 PM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: DaveyB

Reminds me of Notting Hill. “I’m a fruitarian. We only eat plants that have already fallen to the ground and are already dead.”

“I see, so these carrots...”

“Murdered”


33 posted on 05/06/2008 2:57:18 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (0bambi: the audacity of hype)
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To: DaveyB

Vegetables have been voting Democrat for years. DESPITE the fact that they are disproportionately eaten by them.


34 posted on 05/06/2008 2:58:34 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Carbon Dioxide is plant food, NOT POLLUTION!)
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To: DaveyB

I murdered broccoli today...


35 posted on 05/06/2008 2:59:12 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: traderrob6
I thought I was just making a funny.


36 posted on 05/06/2008 3:00:28 PM PDT by sig226 (Real power is not the ability to destroy an enemy. It is the willingness to do it.)
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To: American Quilter
...The program projected the decay and eventual disappearance of roads, buildings, and other manmade structures over the course of time...

No need to project the decay. Take a look at darn near any country in sub-Sarahan African 30+ years after their imperialistic European colonial overlords packed up and left.

(And no, that's not a racist statement. Just b/c something is unflattering doesn't mean it's wrong.)

37 posted on 05/06/2008 3:01:40 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: DaveyB

[... SAVE THE CUCUMBER ...]

Now that’s funny!

A while ago I found this awesome site on the
internet with every Gilbert and Sullivan show
ever produced. As I listened, I realized much
if not all of the Veggie Tales melodies seem
to be ripped from G&S. Who knew?

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/


38 posted on 05/06/2008 3:04:36 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Teflonic

I ate beef and poultry products today - The cow was the murderer - the burger was justice! Tasty justice - but then the bread was ... and tomato ... and pickles... and lettuce...I guess I am a killer too!


39 posted on 05/06/2008 3:05:43 PM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

[... Vegetables have been voting Democrat for years...]

Must be repeated. LOL!


40 posted on 05/06/2008 3:06:26 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: DaveyB

So the next time someone is about to be put to death because doctors claim he/she is a vegetable. It is simple a vegetable has rights to!


41 posted on 05/06/2008 3:06:27 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: DaveyB
Let's ship 'em a few of America's favorites and see what they think in a few years.


42 posted on 05/06/2008 3:09:46 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: DaveyB

What on earth do these people eat????

susie


43 posted on 05/06/2008 3:10:39 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: DaveyB
Seeds of the Humanist tree. Man's ascendancy over the beasts of the field and the fruit of the vine comes from Judeo-Christian tradition. Once that has been displaced by self-worship, the author of morality is ... you got it: men themselves.

And we know what a great job THEY'VE done over the centuries.

44 posted on 05/06/2008 3:10:41 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: DaveyB

PETA.....now....PETP........another sick day on Planet Earth!


45 posted on 05/06/2008 3:14:18 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: brytlea
What on earth do these people eat????

I was thinking what do they smoke?
and what do they drink?

It might be time to lay off the mushrooms!

46 posted on 05/06/2008 3:15:23 PM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: IronJack

ASK FIRST!

If the broccoli wants to be eaten.


47 posted on 05/06/2008 3:16:08 PM PDT by QBFimi2 (Ve are the New World Order; ve bring to the world dis-order. Spike Jones, 1943.)
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To: DaveyB

Hey, fungi have rights you know!
susie


48 posted on 05/06/2008 3:16:29 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Jo Nuvark

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”

“our” ??


49 posted on 05/06/2008 3:17:08 PM PDT by KC Jake
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To: brytlea

I used to be a fun guy!


50 posted on 05/06/2008 3:18:42 PM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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