|Hypothetical only for Vegetarians
||[Jun. 2nd, 2006|10:49 am]
The Question Club
1)Let's say, science has outdone itself and can rearrange cells to produce animals that have no brains and nervous system. They cannot feel pain and have no concept of what is happening around them or to them. The animals are cows, pigs and chickens, and they can be turned into meat and there is no pain, no fear. These are animals that have been bred specifically for eating purposes. And they've played around with the genes and meat now takes much longer to spoil, so if consumed, the meat won't rot in our bodies.|
If your reason for not eating meat is for cruelty and health reasons, would you consider eating meat now?
2) Science one-ups itself. They've crossed genes with botany and now, pork, beef and chicken can be grown from certain plants. The plants grow and sprout the meat instead of seeds or pollen. Large sirloins, slabs of ham, etc. Meat now has nothing to do with animals now. The meat can be plucked off the vine.
Would you consider eating meat now?
3) Through careful study, science discovers that plants not only feel pain, but they scream when plucked or unrooted. Their screams are not audible, and can only be heard with certain state-of-the-art sound equipment. But it's evident that there's agony and suffering felt by plants, on a parallel with that of mammals.
Would this affect your diet from this point on? What would you eat now?