Delighted to happen upon this article Altruism In Plants? by the staff of SCIENCE BLOGGING. Never found it sensible to automatically assume that plants are lacking in soul or in quality characteristics we reserve for ourselves.
A vegetarian or a vegan for a reason other than personal preference and health implies a bias against plants and seems unjust.
The issue as to how to stop the barbaric practices for raising meat that causes excessive pollution and unnecessary cruelty seems to be skirted by simply abstaining from eating a particular life form. All species survive by feeding on other life.
Penguin collector: still keep the wounded...
Born March 19, during the biggest snow storm as of then, my birthday is always in winter on the cusp of spring — an accurate reflection of how I live and experience life; a smile as today means yesterday is over; lucky and blessed by opportunities, by my son and my daughter, by my remaining 17 year old dog, Princess, who lives with me; a pragmatic pessimist — noting how flourishing is unlikely given how I am and despite who I am— it's a choice to be alone, to be safe, to minimize pain, and as a kindness to those I love; repulsed by my behavior and more so by remorselessness of hate and hurtful actions by people with decent values, by the incomprehensible innate contradictions of people, and by how clearly kindness is a devalued asset