I figured this had to be a joke.
Not so much -- here's the official report.
Apparently, people cannot (morally speaking) claim absolute ownership over plants -- allow me to quote from the paper:
"we may not use them just as we please, even if the plant community is not in danger, or if our actions do not endanger the species, or if we are not acting arbitrarily."
What the hell are they smoking over in Switzerland? I'm guessing -- in light of the above-referenced paper -- that's it's not made from vegetation.
Did no one step back and say, "Whoa, we're getting a bit stupid here" or maybe "I wonder if we're getting a bit out of touch with
This is pure, complete and total idiocy.
Plants have no rights. Period. They don't get to claim "dignity" and ethics don't apply to plants. If I plant it, I have "absolute ownership" of it. Full stop. End of statement. Pack up your stuff and go home.
If I didn't plant it, but no one has a beef about it, I'll do what I want with it.
Here in a week or so, the Texas highways are going to be inundated with bluebonnets. I don't own these bluebonnets, but if I want to pick a bunch of them, I'm going to. If I want to drop a baby into a clump of them to take pictures, I'm going to. If I want fall over backwards into a clump of them and contemplate for a while -- I'm going to.
Because they're bloody plants and they sodding well don't have any rights. Or dignity. Or the right to be treated "ethically". They're plants.
The fact that the Swiss government has chosen to enshrine "plant dignity" is -- to me -- a symptom of the creeping disease of self-loathing that has been infecting Western civilisation since the 1960's -- at least.
Why do certain segments of our own populations hate us -- hate themselves -- so much that they are willing to go to these ridiculous lengths?
More importantly, why do they insist on inflicting the results of their self-hate on everyone else?
Judas Priest on a flaming pogo stick, but I'm getting tired of this kind of stupidity.