It has been observed and proven. The plants are conscious intelligent knowing beings that feel and act to their surrounding environment. If a disease hits one side of a woodland the effected trees communicate via their massively entwined root system to the rest of the woodland. The healthy trees then change their chemical composition to defend the woodland while the diseased trees take the disease to the grave with them.
Only sentient life can give and maintain the lives of sentient beings. If one considers thyself sentient then thy life must be given and maintained by sentient beings
Take a look at animals, they breath reproduce, just like plants, so what makes any difference? Plants get more tortured, and they have a shorter lifespan, so if animals shouldn't be eaten, than plants should be treated of the highest respect possible, it just wouldn't make sense to just ignore them
They're sentient because they can move, see, smell, cry, fear, talk, etc. Vegetarians and vegans shockingly fail to grasp that we as humans always want to forget about plants and not animals. We have to eat sentient beings to live! It's nature, how it works. We eat living things, and we can never stop.
Plants definitely respond to stimuli. Just look at the Venus Flytrap for example, now that's one smart motherfcking plant. Don't underestimate the power of plants. Most people think bees attack them, nope! Flowers lure them in with their seductive techniques. The evil b4stards. , , , , , , ,
There's a BIG difference between being a living organism and being sentient. A living organism only need to grow, reproduce, and consume some from of sustenance. For somthing to be sentient, it must be capable of higher brain function. Most multi celled animalia are sentient, where as all known plants are nonsentient. Fungi on then other hand, we have no idea.
Plants have neither the brain cells nor the nervous system to be fully capable of holding emotions. Seeing as they are dumb, so are you for believing that plants can have an emotional capacity. If they were capable of emotions, there would be a lot more stories of business tycoons, and lumber jacks being killed in a complicated revenge plot. We don't live in a movie. If you want to protect plants, use actual evidence, and not emotions and fairytales.
Sentience means to REASON not to feel or breathe. If a plant was sentient that would me that it had a complex nervous system that allows them to experience feelings and understand what they are and know that they exist. You guys need to get a dictionary and look up sentience, the definition does not state that sentience means you are alive, that is called life not sentience.
In order for a being to be sentient they need to have conscious intelligence and some would argue emotion. Plants have neither nor do they have the capacity for either. Just because something is alive does not give it the capacity to understand anything outside of it's own survival. As far as the Venus Fly Trap, tell me if your leg jerks when you hit your knee due to a natural reflex, does that suddenly mean that your knee/leg is a sentient being
As much as I don’t believe plants are sentient or feel anything near what animals do, I still want to help these Plants Rights Activists save the greens! The solution is easy: go vegan!! It just so happens that animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, habitat loss, and plant species extinction! 80% of Brazilian Amazon deforestation is due to cattle ranching. It’s also been said that the US could feed 800 million people with the grains livestock eat annually. Crazy how many plants it kills to eat meat and dairy, right? So if you’re afraid for plant lives, you can save theirs AND animal lives by going vegan:)
Plants are unable to perceive pain and suffering. They can definitely perceive stimulation, movement, light, and sometimes touch; they breathe and eat and grow; they can even communicate with each other! None of these things are denied, BUT when it comes to feeling actual pain and physical and emotional suffering, you need a higher level of brain functioning than what plants possess and also need this handy thing called a nervous system. But even if you refuse to believe any of this and you are a hardcore plants right activist, you should definitely go vegan!! Animal agriculture is the result of MASSIVE amounts of plant deaths! Cows and pigs and chickens in agriculture are fed major amounts of plants to bulk them up nice and fat and with billions of animals being slaughtered for food every year, that’s a lot of plants lost. Not to mention the trees and plants cleared out to make farm land!! Go vegan if you want to save plant and animal life:)
This depends on what modalities are encompassed by "sentient." If we mean "capable of processing emotion", then unlikely.
Although we tend to use external responses to stimuli as a metric for sentience, even humans suffering from bodily paralysis may be conscious and feeling. Instead, let us use advanced nervous tissue, namely cortex, as a metric for consciousness. Plants exhibit external responses to stimuli, sure, but they do not have cortex. Punching a rock elicits an equal and opposite force - i.e. an external "response" - on your clenched fist. Yet, we would not dub the rock sentient.
The rock is non-sentient for the same reason that the plant is non-sentient: it has no cortical tissue, much less cortical tissue that is designed to process emotion.
Although we tend to use external responses to stimuli as a metric for consciousness, even humans suffering from bodily paralysis may be conscious and feeling. Instead, let us use advanced nervous tissue, namely cortex, as a metric for consciousness. Plants exhibit external responses to stimuli, sure, but they do not have cortex. Punching a rock elicits an equal and opposite force - i.e. an external "response" - on your clenched fist. Yet, we would not dub the rock sentient. The rock is non-sentient for the same reason that the plant is non-sentient: it has no cortical tissue, much less cortical tissue that is designed to process emotion.