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Thursday, February 13, 2003

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Carrots also have feelings

Re: "Diets clash: Oscar Mayer vs. Grenn Giant," Feb. 6

To the Editor:

In response to the vegetarian debate last week between Emmett Macfarlane and Dale Wyatt, I would like to say this: if vegetarians say they chose their diet for health reasons, I am fine about that. But if they quote animal rights, and state on not sacrificing other living beings to live, I assume they are either ignorant or hypocrites.

I don't have to be a Buddhist to explain that vegetables are living things too, right? If you have ever grown a garden, you know how the plants struggle to survive and grow, though they cannot scream when you tear them off. The sad fact is that many people assume that those whose voices cannot be heard are quite dead, which is what lead to mass destruction of forests and jungles, as well as negligence to war and violence.

If there is an original sin, it is that we humans must consume other living things, animal or vegetable, in order to survive. It is a fact of life, but it is also a huge burden, and we must never forget that.

HyeShin Kim
MIT II

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