April 15, 2008

The Swiss are charmingly insane

"Plants deserve respect, a group of Swiss experts said Monday, arguing that killing them arbitrarily was morally wrong -- except when it comes to saving humans or maybe picking petals off a daisy."
Pop over to AFP for a moment (their copyright) ... Plants deserve respect, Swiss committee says

While the Swiss are worrying about cutting flowers for decorations and a moral justification for pulling daisy petals (there is one: *phew*), the Japanese have issued a statement of regret that they only bopped-off about half their target number of whales. Their goal had been 1000 whales, but their ships are heading home with only 550 carcasses.

"It is regrettable we could not carry out the project", said Toshiro Shirasu, vice minister at the agriculture ministry.

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