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Ugh, the ‘plants have feelings’ argument is back

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In a stunning piece of journalism from Metro, vegans should just give up already because plants can hear themselves being eaten. Forget the whole not having a central nervous system, they have ears!

Pointing to nothing more than “ecologically relevant vibration” that researchers at the University of Missouri are testing out, they surmise that anyone forgoing animal products should go ahead and start back on a plate of ribs since we’re all murderers anyway. It’s basically every non-vegans dream come true that new research will prove vegans to be truly evil, right?

The unsourced study is monitoring what happens when caterpillars are placed on Arabidopsis – a weed from Eurasia. It’s said to be a relative of cabbage or mustard, and is basically what everyone knows to be the backbone of a vegan diet (not).

They claim that as the caterpillars munch away, the plant releases chemicals to fend them off. Is that morally valuable enough to make us forget what an animal does when someone tries to munch on him or her?

The plants have feelings argument will never succeed, as it attempts to remove our obligation to animals from the picture. And with farmed animals eating more plants than human beings, it’d still be more valuable for these poor, unfortunate plants to have a world of vegans. 

It’s just another round of Metro branded sensationalism that looks to capitalize on the clickbait of putting “sorry vegans” in a title. It’s our moral obligation to animals to go vegan.

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