padmini: "Definitely the plant. I wouldn't even dream about killing the animal, disembowing it and eating it.
I think most people would have my same reaction.
So I think this image tells a lot about the difference between animals and plants."
What you have discovered is how some cultures , perhaps most, have been conditioned to reduce their respect for other species so that they can kill them without experiencing guilt for doing so. This can even apply to same species. Humans for example, in the U.S.WWII Military, where combat troops resorted to calling "the enemy" derogatory names, which dehumanize them: Japanese become "Japs", "Slopes" and "Gooks", "Tojo", "Slant Eyes" and etc. But when they happen upon their personal belongings, such as family photos, drivers licenses, letters to loved ones, their humanity comes flooding back into our minds and hearts.
There also seems to be a relationship between our willingness to kill other species based upon how annoying or how harmful they are perceived to be to us: "Birds are perceived to be lovely floating creatures as they fly above our heads, high in the sky, but are disgusting when their feces drops into our food, or on our new hat or coat." Mosquitoes are interesting flying creatures, too. But they are treated with a reactive, lethal swat (even by the admission of HHDL himself in a lecture ) when they persist in causing us pain, annoyance, or fear of Zika Virus, Bird Flu, AIDS, and etc. The same with flies, cockroaches, fire ants, termites, and many, many other animals, living creatures, humans call pests.
Folks (often even self-righteous vegans) have no problem digging-up weeds to allow their favorite flowering plants, vegetables, or fruit plants to prosper even though they are adaptively superior in every way to most other plants, except from the perspective of humans.
Something to think about.