Bruce Friedrich of PETA predicts that people will someday be able to buy meat that has been grown in vitro: bioengineered cows, pigs, lambs or chicken that were grown in a lab, with bodies but without heads. Scientists are already working on this technology.
Assuming this meat were found to pose no health risk, and was not prohibitively expensive, would you eat it?
Yes. I would prefer it to other meat, because animals did not suffer to produce it.
Well, I'd try it. I doubt if it would become my regular diet.
No, it's just creepy.
No, I don't eat meat now and this wouldn't change my mind.
Friedrich is PETA's national spokesperson for veganism. What do you think his position is on this idea?
He prefers it to factory farming, but would not endorse it as an alternative to veganism.
He's against it as a further assault on animals.
He's for it because it involves no animal suffering, and he would personally eat this meat "in a heartbeat."
Let's say the same bioengineering technology were available for humans. Scientists would use stem cells from willing donors to create headless bodies, for the purpose of harvesting organs for transplant. Would you be in favor of this technology, assuming it could save thousands of lives, and controls were in effect so the technology were limited to this specific application?
Absolutely not. It's creepy.
I might be.
I absolutely would be in favor of it.
Okay, you probably heard that PETA mildly criticized the president for swatting a fly. How do you feel about this?
They're nuts and zealots without a sense of proportion.
They were just seeking publicity.
They have a consistent position about animal cruelty. I respect it, but this is just silly.
Oddly enough, they're basically right. Mice should not be killed; they should be humanely trapped. Flies should be repelled, not killed.