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Vegetarianism and Carnivorous Plants

Something I was musing over the other day

Poll #1308065 Vegetarianism and Carnivorous Plants

Are Carnivorous Plants suitable for vegetarians

Yes
7(87.5%)
No
1(12.5%)


EDIT: To clarify, I was thinking whether it would be suitable for vegetarians to eat carnivorous plants rather than keep them.

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feanelwa
2nd Dec, 2008 18:19 (UTC)
If said vegetarian would have a cat or dog, a carnivorous plant is no worse.
hmmm_tea
2nd Dec, 2008 18:35 (UTC)
I was actually thinking in terms of consuming the plant, which presumably most vegetarians wouldn't do to a cat or dog, but it seems a fair point either way.
ext_72852
2nd Dec, 2008 18:44 (UTC)
well my thinking went something like,

vegetarians don't eat vegetarian animals

so it's not whether or not the thing they are consuming is carnivorous that concerns them.
hmmm_tea
2nd Dec, 2008 18:58 (UTC)
My thinking tends to be along the lines of to what extent vegetarian caused the animal in question to be killed.

If I just randomly ate a carnivorous plant, I would say I hadn't played any role in the causation of the animals it killed.

However, if there was a major demand for consuming carnivorous plants then people might start farming them, so there would be some causation there.
cartesiandaemon
2nd Dec, 2008 19:37 (UTC)
That's roughly what I thought. Assuming vegetarian for ethical reasons of some sort, if you found a carnivorous plant growing in the jungle, I don't think there'd be any more problem eating it than any other plant. (Though I'd understand if you didn't want to.)

If it was grown by you or commercially farmed (and fed), I would say it was marginally non-vegetarian. Although (a) I wouldn't care much, I don't see it being a big problem (b) if it eats flies, most people don't care about flies much (c) if you care solely about literally eating meat, it's obviously ok whatever it may have eaten (d) if you care about causes, it probably would cause much less animal-death than other things that are farmed.
ext_72852
2nd Dec, 2008 23:31 (UTC)
yeah - I mean, don't they bug-spray/insecticide fruit'n'veg? is that better than carnivorous plants?
feanelwa
3rd Dec, 2008 10:25 (UTC)
I think it's a similar case to honey, where some animals die to produce it. (But then it depends on the beekeeper, some kill all their workers at the end of the producing season, some feed them a big tub of sugar to last the winter.)
thethirdvoice
3rd Dec, 2008 14:39 (UTC)
In the same way as wine fined with isenglas/gelatine isn't - it's not in there, but it's used in the processing.

Not that all vegetarians would care, just that I don't think you could mark it vegetarian if you were selling it.
westerling
4th Dec, 2008 14:24 (UTC)
But would it taste good?

Anyhow, hi! I had run across your journal a bit ago (molly dancing in your interest list, I think), and meant to friend you, but never quite did. Nice to meet you. :)
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