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Bring On The Meat Factories

Hey, I'm all in favor of factory-manufactured meat, if it can be made to taste as good as the naturally grown variety, but I'm not going to stop eating meat until it happens. My criteria are basically intelligence based, and the first animal I'd give up eating, if I were going to give up any,s would be pigs, but I still occasionally have pork. I don't feel that badly about eating cattle--they just don't seem that bright to me. And the question of whether or not they're better off living a short life, and then being slaughtered, than never having existed at all is one that, as noted, is purely subjective and unresolvable in any ultimate sense. I know that I've seen some pretty happy looking cows on the hillsides overlooking the Pacific in northern California. I can think of worse lives.

By the way, Phil should be aware that marsupials are mammals. The distinction is placental versus non-placental mammals. And there are people (probably some of those "bitter," out-of-work folks) in this country who eat possum, and armadillo.


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Mike G in Corvallis wrote:

I'd make damn sure that the 'dillo was well-cooked if I were you.

I hear the flat ones make excellent frisbees, though.

Rand Simberg wrote:

Hey, I never said that I eat them...

Bob wrote:

And don't forget muskrat!

Never tried one myself, but in my old native habitat, muskrat dinners were a big deal during Lent. (They're classified as fish under the Catholic Church because they live in the water.)

Rand Simberg wrote:

Muskrats aren't marsupials.

Andrew Ward wrote:

>>Muskrats aren't marsupials.

Neither are armadillos.

Rand Simberg wrote:

Neither are armadillos.


Guess you're right. So are possums the only north American marsupial left?

Josh Reiter wrote:

Yea I believe opossums are the only north american marsupial. I was talking my trash out one day and turned and looked and sitting not but 2 feet from me was a huge oppossum sitting on the fence. He was just sitting there looking at me like, "Hey, whats up bud." Actually I think I freaked him by coming up on my him so quick he went into full on possum mode. Until I flicked his tail and then he jumped off and walked away.

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