Pain-free animals could take suffering out of farming [FAIL]

September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

I came across this mind numbingly stupid article in New Scientist about generically modifying animals not to feel pain as a means to avoid animal suffering. Sounds like a welfarists wet dream right?

Adam Shriver philosopher and full time imbecile states:

“If we can’t do away with factory farming, we should at least take steps to minimise the amount of suffering that is caused,” says Adam Shriver, a philosopher at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. In a provocative paper published this month, Shriver contends that genetically engineered pain-free animals are the most acceptable alternative (Neuroethics, DOI: 10.1007/s12152-009-9048-6). “I’m offering a solution where you could still eat meat but avoid animal suffering.”

A solution? Removing the ability to feel pain is a torture in itself and if we have to go that far it should tell you without any doubt we are doing something horribly wrong in the first place. Suffering is also not limited to physical pain, fear, anxiety, stress, loneliness, boredom, frustration etc, etc, etc are not dependant on physical pain receptors.

“might “pain-free” be the next sticker slapped onto a rump roast?”

This shows where a welfare approach to animals rights leads. ‘Now you can eat meat with out guilt’, what’s next guilt free foie gras? If a rapist renders unconscious a woman before he rapes her is that guilt free rape?

“Peter Singer, a Princeton University philosopher who has argued that animal suffering should be balanced against the benefits of eating meat, says that his would be a moot objection if pain-free livestock could be engineered.”

Peter Singer once again proves that is a total moot with his depthless options. The only way to end animal suffering is to stop making them suffer for no good reason other than our own perverse greed. Go Vegan.


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Entry filed under: ethics, vegan.

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