First of all, I have nothing against vegetarianism. My daughter is a vegetarian and I respect her choice. I respect her view that slaughtering animals leaves a heavier ecological footprint than harvesting plants.
I have nothing against an omnivorous diet either. That’s my personal preference.
But I do get miffed with vegetarians (vegans, especially) when they get all evangelical and self-righteous with claims that it is WRONG to slaughter animals for food because it is cruel. I’ve always said what the heck — don’t we kill plants too so we can eat them? Plants aren’t inanimate objects — just like animals, they are living, breathing things too. But since plants don’t seem to make a sound when they are plucked, cooked, popped into the mouth and chewed, the foam-in-the-mouth “animal rights” defenders think (so conveniently) that there is no cruelty in eating plants.
Now, there’s proof that plants do feel and that they react against attack. Vegan Nazis ought to get their ethical mis-arguments in order. (more)