Do you believe that growing a Bonsai is cruel...

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Do you believe that growing a Bonsai is cruel to the tree?

    When you let a tree grow as a Bonsai you don't let it grow to it's full potential.

    Example: Bonsai Giant Redwood:

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    What it could have been: [​IMG]
     
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  3. thebassoonist macrumors 6502a

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    This is absurd. But yeah, in a way... it is cruel.
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    If trees had feelings then maybe, but since they don't no it's not.
     
  5. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    You would have to have a really big pot.
     
  6. foidulus macrumors 6502a

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    If you get a genetically engineered one that starts screaming when you cut it then yes, otherwise no.
     
  7. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, i guess it would be cruel, if trees had a soul... but theyre just trees
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    If its cruel, then cutting them down would also be cruel. Then what about plants, eating them wouldn't be right either :rolleyes:
     
  9. Queso macrumors G4

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    Under Buddhism every living thing has a soul, even trees.

    But to answer Waloshin's question, no it's not cruel. Forgetting to water a plant and have it die is a million times worse than pruning it to keep it small IMO.
    Vegetable Rights and Peace :)
     
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Bonsai trees? Not cruel at all.

    Bonsai kittens, however?

    bonsai kitten.jpg

    Arguably a bit cruel. They make great gifts though, what with Christmas coming up...
     
  11. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Wasn't that bonsai kitten thing just a hoax? I don't remember I hope it was though.
     
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    No more cruel than the "new thread" button not being disabled for some. :D

    If Mr. Miyagi does it then it must be ok.
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. It is a fracking plant!
     
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    Darn, you beat me to the Bonsai kittens. That was a most excellent troll, since they got a ton of outraged responses to that site. Very nice!
     
  18. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Bonsai trees are cruel. They force their owners to mollycoddle them, tying them up, fussing over careful trimming and watering... had to look after one once while its owner was away for almost four months. Shedding their leaves at the drop of a hat, freaking out over small changes in light; nerve-wracking doesn't begin to describe it.
     
  19. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    must resist stealing and planting outside...
     
  20. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    You don't have that much time. None of us do. ;)
     
  21. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Yes. Yes, it was.
     
  22. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    One could reverse the question. Perhaps it's less cruel to allow a tree to live its full life span in the safety and comfort of being indoors, instead of subjecting it to the dangers and stresses of striving to survive the outdoors.

    It's not like a Bonsai tree needs to contend with fungus attacks, woodpeckers, lightening strikes, wind storms, beetle infestations, diseases, and all the other "acts of nature" that a wild tree needs to contend with.

    All a Bonsai tree needs to be wary of being sat on.
     
  23. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    Wally's been smokin' some bonsai cannabis.

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    Dude, pass that sheeee...
     
  24. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Mowing lawns is cruel!

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    Look at the potential it had!

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