Skip to comments.Switzerland Wants to Protect the Rights of Plants
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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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!
Can’t wait for this insanity to pop up here in the USA.
This is the natural progression of groups like PETA, World Wildlife Fund, Earth Liberation Front (ELF), Greenpeace and that crowd.
ok, we’re going off the deep end here. First we have to be concerned about animal rights, and now plant rights?
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.
save the plants
abort the babies
another great moment in liberal logic
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.
They certainly do...
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?
I think the bacteria that produce Swiss Cheese have inherent worth too. Oh wait...you say now I’m meddlin”?
My daughter was sighted for picking wildflowers in N.C. and had to appear in court. She didn’t realize there were protected plants!
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...
Drunk politicians - again
Save the poison ivy!
Secular humanism evolves to secular organism.
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.
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.
Oh NO! I maimed my lawn today using a gasoline powered engine and a terrifying spinning blade!
Clearly the first nation-state composed of vegetables. I am not willing to become a vegetable for supposed protection.
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.
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.
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.
What did you expect? The county was broke and the judge wanted a raise.
I need help in how to react to this story. Do I laugh or cry? Or laugh till I cry?
[... Cant 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.
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.
God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it...
Has Massachusetts’ Chief Judge ordered that marriage be allowed to higher plants yet?
It was bound to happen when the Veggie Tales generation grew up. - Must save the cucumber!
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...”
Vegetables have been voting Democrat for years. DESPITE the fact that they are disproportionately eaten by them.
I murdered broccoli today...
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.)
[... 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?
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!
[... Vegetables have been voting Democrat for years...]
Must be repeated. LOL!
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!
What on earth do these people eat????
And we know what a great job THEY'VE done over the centuries.
PETA.....now....PETP........another sick day on Planet Earth!
I was thinking what do they smoke?
and what do they drink?
It might be time to lay off the mushrooms!
If the broccoli wants to be eaten.
Hey, fungi have rights you know!
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”
I used to be a fun guy!