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To the maximum, this should apply to other species too. It is very difficult not to kill even a mosquito or a fly by accident, but we can at least restrict and not eat animals.
Alas, not often enough, in the case of "leaders". I'm generally happy with the police and judiciary in the UK,. as long as they ignore (or preferably imprison) politicians and serve the public good.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/879.Plato?page=1“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”“Those who tell the stories rule society.”
Don Marquis (1916): "a politician is an arse upon which practically everything hav sat except a man".But seriously, folks, Biology 101 taught you that an animal is a creature that cannot synthesise its body materials from inorganic matter, so every animal has to eat something that was previously alive. We are getting better at synthesising proteins from long-dead coal and oil, but direct synthesis of fats and proteins from CO2 is unlikely to feature in the diets of anyone but Martians in the near future. Therefore killing is essential.
Quote from: marklivin on 24/11/2021 07:20:19To the maximum, this should apply to other species too. It is very difficult not to kill even a mosquito or a fly by accident, but we can at least restrict and not eat animals.Why doesn't it apply to plants?
The Pope believes all sorts of rubbish. I don't. Yeast eats sugar and exhales carbon dioxide. It is an animal.
First, it has been proven that plants do not experience pain, at least on a global scale, the pain that animals or humans experience when they physically suffer. Second, I wrote about maximum empathy, not absolute.
It is an animal.
Not a human construct but a definite distinction - see reply #82 above.
The definitions have not changed.
Yeast eats sugar and exhales carbon dioxide. It is an animal.
although fungi are now often assigned to a separate category.
This planet remains habitable because of the difference!
A heterotroph (/ˈhɛtərəˌtroʊf, -ˌtrɒf/; from Ancient Greek ἕτερος héteros "other" and τροφή trophḗ "nutrition") is an organism that cannot produce its own food, instead taking nutrition from other sources of organic carbon, mainly plant or animal matter.
which fits my previous definition of animal.