Not really, because a presence of canine teeth does not equal meat-eater. Canine teeth are present in more groups than carnivora and are also used for more things than simply slicing meat. Here are some examples of herbivores, frugivores and mostly-vegetation-eating omnivores who’s canines have no affect whatsoever on meat/flesh.
Diet: Leaves, twigs, fruit, bark, roots.
Uses: Fighting, digging, stripping bark, carrying/moving things
Diet: Leaves, stems, pith, shoots, some fruit, and the occasional insect
Uses: Fighting, crushing hard plant materials, piercing fruits.
Diet: Grass, some aquatic plants.
Diet: Leaves, flowers, grasses, some mosses and lichens
Uses: Fighting, digging/foraging
Diet: Grass (up to 90% of their diet), flowers, roots, fruit, thistles, other plant materials.
Diet: dry grasses and vegetation, thorny plants
Uses: Crushing hard plant material, piercing cacti
Diet: agave, mesquite beans, prickly pear, roots, tubers, nuts, fruit
Uses: Fighting, piercing cacti (a primary source of nourishment)
Plant perception or biocommunication is the idea that plants are sentient, that they respond to humans in a manner that amounts to ESP and that they experience pain and fear. The theory is dismissed by scientists because plants lack a nervous system.[2
I am still searching for People for the Ethical Treatment of Carrots, Last Chance for Broccoli or Apples Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow. People for the Ethical Treatment of Carrots doesn’t exist because everyone knows the difference between taking a carrot out of the ground and slicing a pig into pieces. Everyone also knows the difference between mowing a lawn and tossing a live baby male chick (egg industry) into a rendering machine. If one does not understand the difference, then that person is disingenuous, irrational and illogical. The fact that some people compare carrots to cows proves how muck-deep in oppressive thought meat, dairy and egg-eaters truly are.
Allow me to explain further how absurd it is to think that plants are akin to animals in any way. My mate recently visited her parents and noticed the 20-year-old cactus in her childhood bedroom wasn’t doing well. After perusing some gardening sites for tips, we CUT the cactus in half and set it out to dry in the sun for three days. We re-planted it, and now it’s thriving. So if you truly believe that plants and animals are one and the same, then cut a human baby in half and see what happens.
Even from the meat, dairy and egg-eater’s perspective, it’s just illogical to speak of giving rights of freedom and bodily integrity to insentient plants while causing sentient animals to suffer and die by the billion! Plants—unlike animals—are insentient beings void of central nervous systems, lungs, hearts, kidneys, intestines, blood, ears and eyes. They do not defecate or urinate either. Nobody screams in horror when their neighbors are mowing the lawn (grass is a plant, too). But if neighbors were slicing pigs into pieces on the front lawn, there would be tears, physical interventions and the proper authorities would be summoned to stop the bloodshed. Plus, if people honestly believe it’s wrong to eat plants, they could always choose the ultra-vegan lifestyle of fruitarianism (eating the fruits and nuts that fall from trees).
But just to show how thoroughly disingenuous this so-called “plant-killing argument” really is, let’s suppose for the moment that the meat, dairy and egg-eaters who invoke it really believe that their vegan counterparts cause plants to suffer and die. Even if that were the case, these animal exploiters would be logically committed to switching to veganism right away! If you’ve studied the two sections on animal-based agriculture above, you already know that meat, dairy and egg-eating societies destroy many more plants than the vegan ones do. In America, 70 to 80 percent of our corn, wheat, oats and soy are fed to the 10 billion land animals killed annually. Globally, 35 to 65 percent of the world’s plants are fed to 60 billion land animals killed annually. If humans stopped eating animals, fewer plants would be harvested; remember, a single vegan directly consumes about one-tenth of the plant material that is either directly or indirectly consumed by a single meat, dairy and egg-eating human. Veganism is still the ONLY solution to this problem, because fewer beings—sentient and insentient—would die if humans, who are physiologically herbivorous anyway, ate plants directly. Even the Council for Science, Technology and Agriculture, a group of animal agriculture people, stated in the early ’90s that all the crops in America could feed every human on this planet twice-over! However, there had to be one stipulation; everyone would have to be vegan!