Anyone else hear this insane argument to discredit all of the ethical aspects of Veganism?
We do for sure.
What would be your response if someone made this claim to you?
We actually did an entertaining satirical video demonstrating why "Killing animals is the same as killing plants".
Hope you enjoy! We had a BLAST with this one!
it's all about intention. if you are knowingly paying someone else to kill for you or causing another to kill, like in the case of eating eggs or dairy- that is quite different than using plastic that is a waste product of petroleum that has been accidentally spilled. And there is no ethical egg to find, even coming from someone's backyard- you must ask, where did they get their chickens and where are those boys that were born with the females, what will they do with their chickens when they no longer produce eggs? Chickens lay lots of eggs for 2-5 years depending on breed and they can live for as long as 20 years. Most backyard chickens will go to slaughter or are given to someone else who will slaughter them after they have worn out their usefulness. then they buy more female chicks again while the boys are again "discarded".
There are many alternatives to traditional cruelty easter. there are eggnots dyeable ceramic eggs, vegan marshmallaws that can be dyed, paper mache eggs to decorate, lots more fun stuff! Or better yet why not spend the time doing something new and start a new tradition, hike in the woods and find bird nests, do a day of meditation or yoga workshop, something that represents the celebration of life or spring or renewal.
"Everyone fears punishment; everyone fears death, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. Everyone fears punishment; everyone loves life, as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill."
What helped my husband to come over to the bright side was watching three manly men giving talks advocating vegan:
If that doesn't work get him to go on a 10 day Vipassana meditation course with you, that'll open him up! :) https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/index
I would look at them really strangely, then not say anything to dignify their statement.
Ask them: "Are you feeling OK?"
Rubbish! Plants have cell walls whereas animals have nervous systems where they register pain via the brain.
Animals can therefore react and escape danger. Plants are rooted in place and have evolved a variety of mechanisms to repel dangers i.e. toxic leaves.
I know right?! People can be so illogical when it comes to things THEY are doing wrong. They start spewing straight nonsense.
nicely done, ryan and hunter! you three should go into movies and i have little doubt all of you win academy awards!
sometimes that which is most obvious is also most energetically denied and that is one of the best plant-vs-animal rebuttals i've seen.
Thanks Prad. We are so happy about this video and all of the positive responses we have received! We definitely want to do more of these satirical videos. Let us know if you have any funny ideas:)
Ryan, Hunter, & Roar
My answer is simple: You kill MORE plants to feed cattle than if you were vegan. So technically by going vegan you're saving more plants AND animals! :D