Wesley J. Smith: Another Push for Plant ‘Rights’


(NRO) – Rejecting human exceptionalism leads from one bizarre concept to the next, including the ridiculous anthropomorphized idea that plants are persons too.

The New York Times published a professor (of course!) claiming that peas are “not only a what, but a who.” The paper’s science writer Natalie Angier even wrote that plants are “ethical autotrophs.”

And now an Australian scientist has written a book claiming trees and other plants should be considered “beings” instead of “objects.” From the Sydney Morning Herald story:

It’s OK to cut down a tree, or poison a weed, because plants don’t feel pain when we chop them down, right? They don’t have brains. Everyone knows that. CONTINUE