It is important to note that these vegetables are being
sacrificed ritually every year, as part of the religious
customs of Halloween. (All Hallow's evening/All Souls Day/
All Saints Day.)
Further, it is important to note that plants have "rites" too!
(See Irish Potato revolt, and Crop Circles page, about
vegetable religious ceremonies and ceremonial grounds.)]
We at PETP ( People for Ethical Treatment of Pumpkins)
wish to express our outrage at the inhumane and cruel treatment of
our little orange friends at the hand of unethical and barbaric
pumpkin hunters! Once again, with pumpkin season upon us,
thousands of so called "humans" will take to the fields in a cruel
and evil frenzy to capture and kill one of God's most harmless and
beautiful creatures, the pumpkin. Why must we allow this carnage to
continue? Men no longer need to hunt the pumpkin to place food on
their tables and feed their families. Must we allow the killing of
millions of helpless pumpkins just to fill some caveman need for
"sport"? Oh yes, some hunters do used the poor little
lifeless bodies of the pumpkins they ruthlessly kill to make pumpkin
pies and pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread, but such foods can be
made from domesticated produce without having to track down and kill
our poor wild pumpkins! But, the vast majority of pumpkin
hunters are trophy hunters, who stalk, track down, and kill poor
little pumpkins just for a trophy for their porch or a window!
This sickness is only made worse in the way these hunters
allow, yes, even encourage, their children (CHILDREN!) to cut,
gouge, gash, and carve with knives the sad little gutted dead bodies
of their prey. Thus encouraging both a new generation to this
hideous "sport", and teaching poor little children to disrespect
and treat in cruel way our fellow creatures on this planet.
Worse, many schools now take their children on field trips to
the habitat of the wild pumpkins. They turn them loose to chase down
the little orange creatures and rip them from their families.
Furthermore they carry them back to school where the awful and
hideous mutilation of their poor trembling bodies is encouraged by
their teachers! This must stop! Our scientists have known
that, like humans, pumpkins mate for life and form loving and
caring family units. We at PETP urge you to write your
Representative and demand a stop to be put to this yearly slaughter
of helpless pumpkins. We urge you to protest at stores which sell
both captured pumpkins or the traps, knives, and guns used by those
who hunt them. But most of all, we urge you, if you have trapped a
pumpkin and he or she is still alive, PLEASE return him or her
to wild so he or she may once be reunited with his or her family, to
live our their lives as Mother Nature intended, free in the wild!
Further, we must be aware of all of the insidious customs that
have become so ingrained in our daily lives, that we think nothing
of the sacrifice of vegetables! These are cult-like behaviors,
where no behavior is questioned when it is promoted by the
For example, the phrase "Mom and apple pie" has the connotation
of a standard perfect reality by which other realities may be
compared and measured. There are sacrificed apples in that
pie!!! Often with Hexagrams inscribed in the pastry on top,
to invoke some magical change in the world!!!
"Like peaches & cream" is a phrase used to indicate that
everything is very good, but the underlying assumption
is that you butcher the poor defenseless fruits in the
prime of their youth, without even giving them a sporting
chance to run, cover them with a little milk and eat
"Life is like a bowl of cherries." Need I say more about
this one? Mass fruiticide.
"Chest-nuts roasting on an open fire"...
Throwing living creatures into the flames, still alive,
to prepare them for eating, customary during the
"Is that a banana in your pocket?" The underlying concept
here is that it is quite normal for a person to carry around
a banana until they decide to skin it alive and eat it.
Hopefully they will dispose of the peel properly, as we
wouldn't want Freud to slip!
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Here, good health
is clearly linked to eating apples. This is a cultural
encouragement to kill apples quite casually, as an everyday
occurrence, for the simple purpose of good health. No one
asked the apple how they felt about this.
"He is a fruit." , "She is a nut."
Degradation of humans, classifying them as sub-standard,
by association with vegetables, fruits, etc. (Which by
implication are sub-standard, having no value other than
"He is a vegetable." A diagnosis of a human who has had
his intelligence completely disabled by a medical situation.
Again, by association with vegetables, and the underlying
assumption that vegetables have no intelligence or value.
"Comparing apples and oranges"... Oh yes, there is one other
thing fruits are good for besides eating, you can use them
for math problems...
"Do I look like a turnip that just fell off the turnip truck?"
The implication here is that turnips have no intelligence,
and that one may insult a human's intelligence by
comparing it to that of a turnip. However, there is
absolutely no scientific evidence that turnips are
not intelligent, and given the wide range of human
intelligence, it is highly probable that there are
some humans out there that are less intelligent than
"If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side.
And if ifs and ands were pots and pans,
There'd be no work for tinkers."
This one implies, among other things, that turnips are
useless for telling time. However, in England, when
timepieces were a relatively new thing, the large pocket
watches were sometimes called "turnips". This may be
the root of the confusion.
It is easy and fun to criticize bad behaviors when you
observe them in others, but, only the truly brave and wise
can do this... while looking in the mirror.
Search your own soul.
Do you have any pre-conceptions?