here is a taste of his idiocy:
"Many vegetarians avoid eating animals because they are sentient creatures. But if you look at the research of Cleve Backster (See the book Secret Life Of Plants and Secret Life Of The Cell), you will find that plants, while less mobile, may be just as sentient as many animals! If so, then we can hardly avoid consuming sentient creatures for food. People should not be worrying about whether to eat meat. Rather, they should be more concerned about what they can contribute to society with what they’ve eaten.
PROBLEM WITH THIS ARGUMENT: As Kathryn pointed out, the studies pointing to the sentience of plants have been refuted. But let us, for the sake of argument assume that plants are sentient. We have to eat something and etaing plants that are less sentient than animals causes less suffering. veganism isnt about not causing ANY harm. That is virtually impossible. It is about causing lesser harm. And you cause lesser harm by adopting a plant based diet. The author above conveniently ignores this important nuance and misprepresents the relationship between veg*ism and morality. The last two sentences above are especially idiotic. As Peter Singer once asked, what is it that one contributes to society exactly by supporting the ruthless and wasteful exploitation of 'farm animals'?
Moreover, we can provide these animals with a better life than they might have otherwise had. Everywhere you look in nature, you will see that life eats life. If you’ve ever seen a wolf, lion, alligator, large snake or carnivorous fish kill their prey, you would be well aware that the experience of running and fighting for your life while being gashed, bitten and bleeding to death is far more brutal than any method used by a skilled meat packer!"
the typical stupid argument that we are doing animals a favour by eating them, because if we didnt, they would have it more rough out there in the big bad wild. And again, stupidly, he compares humans to non-human animals, when he knows damn well that humans have the capacity to make moral decisions when animals in the wild do not. Furthermore, while the law of the jungle may be "survival of the strongest", that certainly doesnt have to be the law that governs human behaviour and indeed it shouldnt be. Can you imagine the implications?
I could go on but I dont feel like wasting another second of my time. This article is not only inane, but it is dishonest. The author knows the ridiculousness of some of his claims, but he is hoping that people are too stupid to critically evaluate his arguments, or so selfish and missing meat that they will latch on to any excuse, however devoid of any merit, to resume eating animals.
Of course there are unhealthy vegetarians and vegans. You cannot expect to eat processed, crappy food, even if it is vegan, and food laden with chemicals and toxins and be healthy. Nobody ever claimed that you can be healthy by eating crappy vegan food. It isnt the lack of death (i.e. animals) in your veggie diet that makes you unhealthy, it is the veggie crap in your veggie diet that makes you unhealthy, or the lack of vegan balance in your vegan diet that makes you unhealthy.
So eat a healthy, well-balanced, organic vegan diet rich in whole, living foods and low in crap and you will thrive. Eating death (i.e. meat) wont make you thrive.
I have heard all the arguments this guy makes a hundred times before, and they sound stupider and stupider every time I hear them. I am amazed at how threatened people are at the thought of veganism going manistream, and the lengths they will go to try and defend meat eating. As somebody on this board once put it, when people start running out of logical, persuasive, meritorious arguments, they start grasping at straws -- and telling people that we are doing the animals a favour by eating them is clearly grasping at straws to the point of being laughable.
People reviled today for their activism will be tomorrow's angels, and people respected today for their power will be tomorrow's demons. History will absolve us and condemn them. ~ Paul Watson