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I won't be forced to breed children!

The one bad reason for vegetarianism

Ian forwards:
Bad news for vegetarians:
Apparently plants do have nervous systems:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10598926
So? There are a number of good reasons for being a vegetarian, vegan, or just tending that way --- medical, religious, socio-economic, and environmental ones come to mind.

But among all the reasons for vegetarianism, there is one bad one: that you feel the pain of the kine in the byre and the chicken in the coop. Your deep empathy with these creatures makes you reluctant to shed their blood. You think the conditions they're kept in are cruel. You question whether humans have a right to treat another sentient being this way.

Such people forget that life itself is evil. Long ago, chickens, swine, and cattle struck a deal with Darwin. Had they not submitted to domestication, they'd likely be endangered or extinct; they'd have gone the way of the ptarmigan, the wild boar, the weasend, or the aurochs. They got the benefit of the deal: now their biomass has waxed mightily and their reproductive success is assured.

So if the carrot screams as it is pulled from the ground, or suffers agony as I gnaw on it raw, I really don't give a fig.

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