VeggieConnection.com Poll

Animal Part for Surgery

If you need a animal part to survive, are you still vegetarian if you take it?
Yes
22%
16%
38%
No
16%
26%
42%
Not sure
7%
12%
19%
99 Votes:
 
Member Comments
Yes
A lot of people have a replacement valve in their hearts made from a part of a pig. My husband was one of them. This made him live 14 years more. He died when doctors replaced that valve for a mechanical one and complications happened in that surgery. I was a vegan in that moment and it did not supposed any moral problem for me. I wanted my husband to survive. I loved him. I was not in love with the pig. I do like to make animals to suffer, but if they are used for medical reasons, I accept the fact as natural.
Not sure
In terms of justice it requires permission of organ owner and animal cannot give it. It's also ok to accept organ from dying human cause that human doesn't need it anymore (like after car accident). But animals are killed to get their organs, that's not fair. I would accept organ from animal that already died naturally, but would rather die myself than request to kill someone else to save me
Yes
I prefer to die than accept parts from anyone or animals.
No
I am vegan
Yes
I guess as long as you’re not eating the animal part!
Not sure
Define survive, sadly animal testing is used for vaccines and they’re VITAL for the well-being of society. I would take an animal part because I want to take care and provide for my parents later on.
No
When a person consumes animal flesh as food the micro and macronutrients stay in the person's body for a limited time. If the same person has an animal part surgically and permanently put in their body then that person can't be vegetarian. Although we each have an emotional position on the issue; the question doesn't read how do you feel about it.
Yes
i don't think i will eat that animal
Not sure
I'm too healthy to need an animal part to survive.
-
Yes, because it is life or death.
No
First this a misleading question. The reality of inter species transplants has never worked and will never work simply because of our immunological reaction, a powerful defense mechanism that opposes the entry of any foreign material, including organs and foreign tissues. So as a result tissue that’s been transplanted into a body from any other organism are rejected by the host. The public should know that transplant surgery never cures the original disease or issue and never makes the recipient into a healthy person!! These methods have been tried over & over in the research community but all are complete failures. Goes to show that vivisection is pseudo science and is a waste of our money, and especially the animals who suffer greatly for NO reason. Nothing has come out of animal research other than the torture of sentient beings!! If you believe otherwise you’re deluded or brainwashed. Peace!!
Yes
We shouldn’t kill animals for food. However, if a human being is dying and an animal part is the only means of survival, the human life should be the priority. This is even more true if the human is a child.
Not sure
Harvest is ok as long as animal has died from other circumstances- would not condone murder animal for part
Yes
Yes, you would still be a vegetarian. The question doesn't ask, but you would not be a vegan.
Yes
Maybe vegan's would have a more difficult choice here, but for me, I would take it if it meant life or death, perhaps it was taken from an already deceased animal(?)
Not sure
Very tough choice to make can one live knowing that?
No
Hard choice when healthy but so tough when your very ill but that’s our belief and we need to live by that
No
Every life is sacred.
Not sure
For the moment that he/she does it, they are note vegan. But after that, if they continue the diet of an vegan then he/she is a vegan. But even if I was in the case, I would rather die instead of eating any animal :) .
Yes
Yes I would very much say they are vegan. One would ask, what do you place more value on? A single human life or a single animal life? I think just about everyone would say the human life.
Not sure
There are artificial body parts...and hopefully we won't need any being vegetarians and vegans.
Yes
Vegetarian yes, vegan no
No
Is I’ll prefer not to kill the animal
Not sure
Ideally no
Yes
In the context of survival, I would personally say yes, if you continue to be vegetarian afterwards/in all other aspects of life. For instance, many medications/vaccines are not vegan or cruelty-free, but for some these are essential. How many people take pain relief? If you are vegetarian because you respect sentient life, you will not be able to continue to advocate for animals and therefore make more of an impact on others if you are dead. You must also respect your own life.

Even simply through buying meat-free alternatives at a supermarket, you provide +1 vote with your money to encourage the supermarket to continue to invest in that product. Nobody is perfect, you can only do the best that you can do!
Not sure
Question does not clarify if a live animal or already passed away. It depends on it. If i take an organ from an animal already passed away, it should be fine similar to organs from other people who passed away.
Not sure
It depends on the situation, I guess. I can't imagine killing an animal myself, but if you are in a hospital and you get some animal part as a normal procedure, then what can you do? If this surgery is supposed to save your life, then you would obviously go through with it, right? I think it is all about what is in the head that makes us vegetarian. If we don't appreciate sth but have no choice - still vegetarian, I'd say.
Yes
I will prefer to die rather than killing any animals to feed my stomach
No
No one has got the right to be called a Vegetarian if he/she is not empathetic.
No
We can't kill animals for us
No
No, that would make me part other species and guilty of the killing.
Yes
Never will I take any part of any animal.
Yes
I will not kill the animal for the part and I will not kill .
No
This is a false question, there is never a human body that needs "an" animal part to survive. If you take it, your are not vegetarian you are deceived, ignorant, or uneducated.
VeggieConnection CommentUsing a pig or cow heart valve to replace a faulty human heart value is common. My mother-in-law had it done. So, yeah, it's a thing. - Admin
Yes
my view is similar to many native american traditions where I have rituals of showing gratitude to God and animals. I choose to not criticize people who use animal products. I choose gratitude, logic and stewardship. I avoid people who focus on criticizing others more than their own behavior
Yes
Since you're not eating the animal, you're still a vegetarian, But you wouldn't be a vegan, because your be contributing to doing harm to that animal.
Yes
I believe that according to commonly accepted definition, vegetarians do not EAT animals - so yes, you would still be vegetarian, but definitely not vegan.
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