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Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby Indrajala » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:21 pm

We are most likely stuck with factory farms, given that they produce most of the beef and pork Americans consume. But it is still possible to reduce the animals’ discomfort — through neuroscience. Recent advances suggest it may soon be possible to genetically engineer livestock so that they suffer much less.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/opini ... river.html

I find this extremely disturbing -- that educated people, the leaders of society, would devote time to genetically warping animals to not feel pain to support the gluttony of humanity.
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Re: Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby catmoon » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:10 pm

Uh, wouldn't the absence of pain lead to leprous lesions?
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Re: Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby kirtu » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:53 pm

catmoon wrote:Uh, wouldn't the absence of pain lead to leprous lesions?


Why would that be?

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Re: Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby DharmaKitty » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:14 pm

kirtu wrote:
catmoon wrote:Uh, wouldn't the absence of pain lead to leprous lesions?


Why would that be?

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I'm not sure about the lesions but I do know that pain is the bodies way of telling us, and animals, that something is wrong, and if we don't have that I believe it will cause a host of other problems! The whole idea is astonishing!
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Re: Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby ball-of-string » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:48 pm

When will silly humans learn that the more they tinker with the genetics of the food they eat, the more they are causing problems for themselves.
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Re: Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby catmoon » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:31 pm

The lesions common to leprosy are an indirect result of the loss of the ability to feel pain. For instance the hands get bruised pounded cut and burned. But the owner feels nothing and tends to do nothing about the injury, and then decay sets in.
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Re: Genetically engineer cows to not feel pain?

Postby kirtu » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:32 am

catmoon wrote:The lesions common to leprosy are an indirect result of the loss of the ability to feel pain. For instance the hands get bruised pounded cut and burned. But the owner feels nothing and tends to do nothing about the injury, and then decay sets in.


WOW! Bad news. Of course it's a bad idea anyway.

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