In Switzerland, plants must not be degraded – This is not a joke
As can be learned from the article published in “Wall Street Journal”, Swiss scientists must abide by the ban “humiliating plants”. So. Swiss parliament – after consulting with philosophers, geneticists, ethics, lawyers and even theologians – passed an amendment to the constitution, which forbids violating the dignity of the flora. Co – e.g – humiliates plants? For example, cutting roadside flowers with a stick for no good reason – can be read in a report prepared by a team of specialists involved in the project. Mostly biologists are complaining about the new law, fearing, that in some time the defenders of plant dignity will start visiting their laboratories. Because if currently – and rightly so – you are looking at the hands of scientists doing animal experiments, hence only a small step to checking these, who deal with – e.g – plant genetic engineering. – Where is the border? – Dr. Yves Poirier wonders, molecular biologist from the laboratory of the University of Lausanne – will we defend the dignity of microbes and viruses in some time? According to Dr. Poirier, it all started right now, when some scientists began to argue, that plants have feelings. This does not all mean, of course, that plants cannot be picked, whether “put to death” by other methods. You just can't – according to the act – do it unnecessarily. To, of course, my sense. However, the record of Fr. “dignity” the plant evokes smiles.
Meg Hamill, environmental activist, in his blog on the site “Planetsave.com” he writes: – It's a great law. But where is the limit? How a boiled potato or a peeled carrot is humiliated?