Moral Vegetarianism, Part 3 of 13

Animal Ethics

If beef cattle who could not feel pain were developed, then it would be permissible to eat them. KBJ: Martin seems to think that people who abstain from meat on the ground that meat-eating causes pain would not eat “beef cattle” even if they could not feel pain. This, however, is not our world, so I don’t understand the bearing of the question. Furthermore, genetic engineering might be able to produce meat-bearing animals that could be used for food without being killed.