🧠 Fact: Plants lack brains, a central nervous system, pain receptors & anything else that neuroscientists know to cause sentience; meaning they don’t have the ability to feel pain.
For the sake of discussion, let’s say plants do feel pain. Are you aware that up to 16 kg of plants are killed, in order to create 1 kg of animal flesh? This means that a lot more plants are destroyed in order to facilitate the production of animal products. More plants are cut down to feed farm animals than to feed humans, so by being a vegan, you are still killing fewer plants than as a carnist. On top of this it’s important to note that up to 91% of Amazon rainforest destruction is due to animal agriculture, meaning that millions of trees are destroyed for our consumption of animal products. If you truly care about plants not feeling pain, it is better to minimize those plant deaths by consuming them yourself, rather than feeding more plants to animals.
Furthermore, the primary reason humans & animals feel pain is to alert them that they are in danger or are being hurt & need to escape. A plant cannot move & thus any pain would be inescapable, making life torturous for any plant. Why would plants ever evolve such a horribly debilitating & destructive characteristic, as it goes against the fundamental purpose of evolution?
The confusion regarding plants & pain comes from the truth that they are alive & conduct various activities at a cellular level, such as tilting to face the sunlight. Plants can do some truly amazing things, but they don’t conduct any activities at a conscious or cognitive level, meaning that plants are not sentient. Plants react but they don’t respond. A Venus fly trap shuts itself on to a fly, not because it is consciously aware that a fly has landed onto it, but because it reacts to the pressure stimuli caused when the fly lands onto it. Therefore, the Venus flytrap will close around anything that triggers this response, including cigarettes butts. A cow on the other hand, won’t eat cigarette butts just because someone puts them in their mouth because a cow consciously responds. ⬇️ CONTINUES in comment section below ⬇️