Biotechnology and genetic engineering have created ethical dilemmas that previous generations never imagined.
As an omnivore, I'm mildly concerned about whether or not the animals that I eat are raised and slaughtered in a way that minimizes their suffering.
Now let's say that scientists create livestock that are incapable of feeling physical pain:
In 2006, researchers found six Pakistani children who felt no pain due to an inactivated gene, and who constantly had bruises and cuts. One fell into the habit of putting knives through his hand and walking barefoot on coals, before his untimely death.
Still, scientists already know that humans can intellectually dissociate the sensation of pain from how much it bothers them. Lab experiments with mice have also suggested a way to disconnect that pain sensation without totally leaving animals vulnerable to a world of hurt.
All of which leads Jeremy Hsu to ask the question:
Is it ethical to engineeer delicious cows that feel no pain?
How do you respond?