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Could Engineering Animals to Enjoy Pain End Animal Suffering?

One potential way of dealing with this suffering would be to genetically modify animals so that they don't suffer at all. For example, breed chickens without a brain.

KATIE HERZOG: ‘Last month, an undergraduate student at Oxford University won the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics for an essay entitled “Why We Should Genetically ‘Disenhance’ Animals Used in Factory Farms.” “Disenhance,” as Latimer defines it, is “a genetic modification that removes an animal’s capacity to feel pain”…

The animals we eat suffer mightily… Take, for example, chickens—nearly 9 billion of which are slaughtered every year in the U.S. alone… The vast majority of these chickens are raised in industrial production systems. The conditions can be horrific—so crowded the chickens can’t even move, with poor air quality, unnatural lighting, and slaughtering processes that don’t take animal welfare into account… They are in constant pain…

That’s a lot of suffering, and as Latimer wrote in his essay, one potential way of dealing with this suffering would be to breed (or genetically modify) animals so that they don’t suffer at all. You could, for example, breed chickens without a brain… Scientists have also developed featherless chickens (and you must see the pics), which, in addition to negating the need for plucking, could actually reduce animal suffering as well…

The simple answer to ending this and most animal suffering—and the massive environmental cost of eating meat—is veganism (or, at the least, vegetarianism), but the world voluntarily giving up bacon bits and chicken nuggets… just ain’t gonna happen… In fact, the amount of meat eaten both in the U.S. and abroad has been on the rise for decades. According to the environmental research organization Worldwatch Institute, globally, meat production has tripled over the last 40 years and increased 20 percent from 2000 to 2010′. SOURCE…

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