When the idea of Cultured Meat
(or In vitro Meat) became news in 2005,
a lot of activists in the Animal Liberation/Animal Rights movement were not sure
how to adjust to it. The debate and controversy surrounding this issue exists to this day and
this issue will be debated more vigorously in the next few years as wider exposure
seems unavoidable, considering the global food crisis and environmental decline (global warming, deforestation, species extinction, air and water pollution, topsoil erosion and resource scarcity).
This website presents maybe a on the subject of cultured meat and its primary goal is to urge every Animal Rights activist - abolitionist, Animal Welfare person or any other animal advocate - to reconsider his views on cultured meat.
Some of its material may seem harsh or insulting to readers who do not understand the logic behind Animal Rights & veganism. If you are one of those readers: a) please keep in mind the harsh language is insignificant compared to the abuse, pain and suffering farm animals go through in factory farms; b) we encourage you to watch Gary Yourofsky's Speech or Earthlings.
Health & Environment activists who acknowledge the importance of cultured meat and stumbled upon this website might be more interested in New Harvest's website, where the health & environmental aspects of meat-eating are being addressed at length.
To capture this introduction, we would like to emphasize one significant point that became clear to us over the years: the less interest people have in resisting the idea of Animal Rights, the greater the chances of them accepting it. In other words, the lesser the temptation to exploite nonhuman animals in people's daily life, the better are the chances of them willing to accept that using animals as property is wrong.
If the self-interest is diminished, the chances of Animal Rights campaigning to succeed increase dramatically; because only then, the public (general speaking) manages to view moral issues in a fair and objective way. Examples include cosmetic animal testing, circuses, zoos, fur, puppymills, dog fighting, etc. Otherwise, moral or rational considerations are nowhere to be found and the repression mechanism works overtime (more on this issue in this page).
One day, vegan advocacy may be the most effective way to promote abolition of animal exploitation. That time is yet to come. Thus, we should first try to eliminate the conflict of interests between the public and those whose interest does not count.
|Will engineered meat help feed humanity’s billions? That likelihood is closer than you think, and the proof is right on the TEDMED stage. Organovo’s Gabor Forgacs, in a first-ever live demonstration, cooks up and eats meat engineered using a 3D bioprinting process.|