Wow, you leave a thread overnight and suddenly it's got 3 more pages!
So, a couple of things I wanted to address. Someone said "If cows could talk, I'm sure they'd say they don't want to be eaten". Well, that's just it isn't it? They CAN'T talk! Animlas and people ARE NOT the same! I agree, a life is a life is a life, but animals are NOT sentient beings! What separates them from us is that they are NOT aware in the same sense as humans are and they cannot manipulate their environment in the way that we can. Does this mean we have the right to mistreat them? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
I work in a research lab and I have used white mice in my research. Do I like putting animals down? Hell no! Do I think it benefits research? An EMPHATIC YES! What do you think the test subjects for the safety and efficacy of probiotics, and echinacea, and raspberry leaf tea, and EVERYTHING ELSE comes from? WHITE MICE! Bred for a single purpose, kept in scrupulously clean environments with their peers. Coddled, and well fed and well taken care of until they are HUMANELY put down. No suffering involved. I still cry everytime I have to do it. But I think that is GOOD! It should never be easy! This is called RESPECT. I have respect for that life and I treat it with respect, bottom line. The USA sends soldiers into war! Some of them are killed in the name of protecting a country. We have RESPECT for these soldiers, but we still ask them for their sacrifice. This is how I view my lab mice.
I eat animals and animal products, but I only get them from establishments I have visited and inspected. I have seen how their animals are taken care of and I have witnessed their deaths. Not something I relish, but something I feel is important. If you wanna eat it, you should at least have the guts to kill it or watch it being killed. I feel confident that the practices are quick and humane. The same goes for dairy. The cows at this particular place are treated as cherished pets and are brushed daily and are well loved.
But back to "a life is a life is a life". WEll, I agree with previous posters. Vegetables ARE alive too! Just as algae and sea vegetables were once alive. The question is: where do you draw your line? I think it is hypocritical to say "Every life is precious" and fail to acknowledge plants as living things. A tree is alive!! It si a beautiful and magestic living thing!! What is the house you live in made out of? The paper your read and write on? Something died to provide you with that!
What about domestic pets? Why leave them out? No, we don't tend to eat them, but they are, in a way, enslaved. They had no choice about coming to live in your house. They don't get to choose where they sleep or pee. Why is this different? Why ignore these things?
Everyone has lines....the difference is where we draw them.
So yes, carrot juice consitutes murder is a joke, as well as "Give Peas a Chance" :LOL but it can still be funny as hell and TRUE! I have a friend who once said "Eating vegetables is the cruelest! They don't even have legs! They can't run away!!!" Meant as a joke...but give it some thought. There is some truth there. Lines people, LINES!