A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose.
Well, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to being able to produce “meat with no feet”. “The Washington D.C. research firm New Harvest is just one group developing the technology to actually clone meat cells without the need, expense, or health concerns of raising entire legions of beasts to slaughter.” If we could produce cloned meat in controlled environments, it could mean amazing things for our environment, human health, and for the animals that people currently eat. In this country alone, we raise about 10 billion animals each year for food. Those 10 billion animals have a profound effect on the environment during their lives, but that could all be avoided with cloned meat. More importantly, those animals suffer greatly during their short lives, only to end up at a slaughter house where they will be killed for food. They experience pain and fear just like you and I would, and they want to live just as much as we do. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could? I mean, I’d prefer if humans just stopped eating animals out of their own morality, but second best would be if they ate meat that didn’t come from a tormented soul, but rather from a petri dish!
So, would I eat meat with no feet? Would other vegans and vegetarians? If I knew that the meat was humane and safe, I wouldn’t have a problem with it ethically at all. The thing is, I think I’ve lost my taste for meat now. I know I have, actually. So I’m not sure I’d go back to eating it even if I knew no one had to die to produce it, but that’s mostly just out of personal preference now — I wouldn’t have a problem with anyone else eating it.
What do think? Is it too weird? Would you support this research? If you are vegan or vegetarian, would you want to eat this meat? If you’re an omnivore, would you make the switch?