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Future Vegetarians

Jun 11, 1998 09:58 PM
by Thoa Thi-Kim Tran

>Here is an ethical question I have been thinking about:
>If in the future geneticists are able to grow meat in a laboratory and the
>meat is identical to say a steak but never existed as part of a living
>animal, would it be ok to eat it?

My main concern about eating meat is the suffering of an animal.  Since no
animal was killed, I say it's okay to eat the meat.  Of course, if someone
is against genetic engineering, s/he would refrain from eating created meat
for that reason.  Since I don't generalize all genetic engineering as bad,
I find no harm in using genetic engineering to grow meat.  If people would
eat genetically engineered meat instead of butchering animals, then the
purpose is good.  Imagine the hunger that could be wiped out in this world!

Thoa :o)

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