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Get yourself ready for…the vegetable rights movement!

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By See-Dubya  •  May 4, 2008 01:56 AM

Sweet Mother of Gaia on an organic soy cracker:

At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the “dignity” of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong. This is no hoax. The concept of what could be called “plant rights” is being seriously debated.

A few years ago the Swiss added to their national constitution a provision requiring “account to be taken of the dignity of creation when handling animals, plants and other organisms.” No one knew exactly what it meant, so they asked the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology to figure it out. The resulting report, “The Dignity of Living Beings with Regard to Plants,” is enough to short circuit the brain.

Sure, you vegans thought yourselves so morally pure. But according to the Swiss government, your hands are stained with the chlorophyll of innocent beings.

Go ahead and read the whole stupid thing now, because it’s going to be all over Fox News and every local-market talk show and right-leaning blog this week.

While you’re there, take a nice heady sniff of European morality, and with that fragrance still stinging your nostrils, go read Patterico’s expert takedown of the New York Times’ new Supreme Court reporter, Adam Liptak, who graces the pages of that august publication with a tiresome muddle of predictable criticism of American prison policy.

What does prison policy have to do with the Free Swiss Chard! movement? Well, you experienced VRWC operatives might see this one coming…among his many misstatements and misreadings of the data, Liptak inevitably reaches for that good ol’ reliable cudgel liberals use to attack American policy: European moralists who are shocked and disgusted at our cowboy-mentality barbarism.

Patterico:

Liptak continues:

“Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.”

Guess what, Adam Liptak? I’m “mystified and appalled” by the number and length of European prison sentences — specifically, the mystifying and appallingly short sentences that too often result in cases of clear, premeditated murder.

For example, in Germany, activists bombed an American military base and killed a U.S. soldier, and received a “life” sentence. By August of last year, two had been paroled after serving only 21 years. In the Netherlands, Volkert Van der Graaf confessed to assassinating politician Pim Fortuyn and was sentenced to all of 18 years.

And I could go on.

I believe many Americans are also “mystified and appalled” by the leniency of these European sentences for premeditated murder. But somehow, Adam Liptak gives no prominence to their views.

Not to mention the fact that dude, they think plants have dignity and rights. But I guess it’s a wash: if you do murder a hydrangea with malice aforethought, they won’t imprison you for very long.

It’s going to be hard to take anything a European not named Thatcher says seriously ever again. They’re not particularly interested in stopping Islamic honor killings, but zut! that American prison system is too harsh.

And oh yeah, plants have rights.

God help us.

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{Post by See-Dubya}

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