07/02/2005: Gem o'the Day:
Over on the SKEPTIC mailing list, a thread about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the logical inconsistency in their "thinking" led to this exchange:
[Name redacted] wrote:Actually, were I to become a vegetarian, I would do so not because of my love for animals, but because of my hatred for plants.PETA has called on one of the largest aquariums in the United States to stop serving seafood to its visitors, likening the practice to grilling up "poodle burgers at a dog show."----
I sometime attend botany conferences and community events at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, in Claremont, Calif. They generally serve catered lunches or snacks. These meals have included any number of actual PLANTS. For example, sandwiches made with bread (the crushed and baked bodies of plant embryos) are common fare. Chopped or shredded remains of the bodies of lettuce, potato, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, and many other plants also are served. Sometimes even eggplant (despite its [deliberately?] deceptive name, it is not actually an egg). Perhaps most alarming, baby alfalfa plants are often served and eaten while still actually alive. And sandwiches are only the beginning. I once was served pasta there (crushed / cooked plant embryos again) with diced boiled tomato plant ovaries and exudate of crushed olive ovaries with chopped bits of garlic, basil, and onion carcasses. The time has come to protest this outragous seletion of menus at a botanic garden. We attend the garden to admire plants, not to kill them. Effective immediately, all sandwiches served at the botanic garden should consist of meat slices, served between salami or roast beef slabs replacing sliced bread; with butter but no mayo, mustard or relish. Atkins-friendly!
Len on 07.02.05 @ 08:12 AM CST