Friday, 29 January 2010
Animal Ethics update
I have been hearing quite a lot about the meat that is being grown in labs recently. There have been textile and food rumblings about this for a few years (growing your own leather jacket for example, BBC article about meat from 2005), however the latest thing that I read is that the science involves taking cells from the muscle of a living animal and then growing it in a solution of blood from animal foetuses - if this is an accurate explanation of the process then another ethical question arises here. Can it be considered ethical to grow meat like this? I don't like to pit one stance against another like this usually but here goes - is it more or less ethical to eat grown meat than to eat farmed meat? And thus the questions comes - is it more or less ethical to wear grown leather than farmed leather? Feasibly leather as a meat-industry by-product could become sparse if we eat more grown meat, could this lead to demand for grown leather?