This is a most fascinating historical and academic issue, but I think the real lesson is that just as we use animals to serve human needs, so do we use vegitatation to serve human needs. Both should be seen as gifts / privileges and their use carries responsibility to treat our "subjects" with compassion and care. Our planet and our humanity may depend on it!
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)
from the article: It's not easy being green. What if plants have a brain?