A heated debate is on- should cows, chickens and pigs have altered DNA to avoid pain upon slaughter?
Adam Shriver of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri believes the answer is yes. London’s prestigious telegraph reported that Shriver said, “If we can’t do away with factory farming, we should at least take steps to minimise the amount of suffering that is caused. I’m offering a solution where you could still eat meat but avoid animal suffering.”
At this point researchers have found when a mouse is lacking a particular gene it is less sensitive to pressure and heat. It is believed that further advancements could switch off pain receptors of farm animals to make their deaths seem more humane.
However, many critics claim that this practice is unethical because animals could expose themselves to more physical danger without this feeling.
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