If an oyster cannot feel pain, is it OK for a "vegan" to eat it?

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Christopher Cox considers himself a vegan as he eats no meat, dairy or eggs.  But he does love a plate of cold oysters.  He puts up a fairly convincing argument on Slate.com that both in terms of its environmental impact and its own physiology, an oyster is as ethical a food item as a vegetable.  As you would expect there has been some lively discussion (including a lot of science) following the article.

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