Did this little guy loose it’s civil liberties too?”
Plants deserve respect, a group of Swiss experts said on Monday, arguing that killing them arbitrarily was morally wrong – except when it comes to saving humans or maybe picking petals off a daisy.
In a report on “the dignity of the creature in the plant world”, the federal Ethics Committee on non-human Gene Technology condemned the decapitation of flowers without reason, among other sins.
Still, commission member Bernard Baertsche suggested at a press conference the body weighed such cruel acts on a case-by-case basis, noting “the simple pleasure of picking the petals off a daisy might suffice as a reason.”
Similarly “all action that involves plants in the aim to conserve the human species is morally justified,” the commission, tasked to offer an ethical take on all areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering, said in its report.