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Posted April 21, 2008 by Rachelle Owen

There’s a story that’s all over the place from The New York Times to your local television news about PETA offering up a $1 million reward to the first scientist to produce and bring to market “in-vitro” meat. Here’s the deal with it…

Scientists around the world are figuring out how to produce meat in a laboratory without killing animals. Do we want animals to suffer? No, so then why not at least consider it as an option for those who seem to crave flesh? “In-vitro” meat production would use cells from an animal (they can be taken once an animal has died of natural causes, obviously we don’t want animals to be killed in the process). The cells are harvested and grown on sheets to try to achieve a texture similar to the “normal” taste of flesh.

Some promising steps have been made, but “in-vitro” meat is still years away from being available to the general public and, although some governments and the meat industry are looking at this process with great interest, we would like to see the process sped up. That’s why PETA is now stepping in, offering $1 million ($1 for every chicken killed each hour in the US) to the first scientist to produce and bring to market commercially-successful in-vitro meat.

Ok so, we’re not idiots. We still want everyone to go vegan, but we also realize that despite all the amazing fake meat products out there some people are just so addicted to flesh that they may need this step in their path towards an actual vegetarian or vegan diet.

We could sit here and pretend that your obese uncle is going to grill up some Boca Chik’n this summer, but chances are that he will more likely eat some gross breast or leg of a poor chicken. Why not support having an option that will at least spare animals the suffering and reduce environmental destruction while satisfying that sick desire for eating flesh?

Anyway, what do you think? Do you think the die-hard meat-eater in your family would eat meat grown in a lab?

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  • 2681 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it’s a great idea.
    Personally I wouldn’t eat it or any other kind of meat. I’ve talked to my mom and a few of my friends and they’ve all said they wouldn’t eat it for the same reason and that’s because “that’s disgusting!” I think a lot of people would have that same mind set. Which is stupid. Why is lab grown meat grosser that eating something that has been sitting in blood and resting on muscle and bone all of its life? That’s totally what’s disgusting. But I say 100% go for it. This is the first step to completely ending unnecessary cruelty.

  • 2682 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it’s a good idea but how many people who do eat meat would think that “Lab Grown Meat” is appetizing? It sounds gross to me..

  • 2685 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i think its a great step for those who refuse to eat healthier. There are always going to be people who can’t break addictions–no matter WHAT they are. This will be a great cruelty-free way to give meat eaters what they want. Although it’s not any better health-wise for people, it’s a positive step.
    I say we produce ALL meat this way, and get rid of the cruel practices of factory farms.

  • 2685 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i don’t know why anyone would like the taste of meat anyways..

  • 2685 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    great idea i wont go back to meat for the memories of what has happened

  • 2686 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think that my meat-eating friends and relatives wouldn’t be too keen to eat anything grown and produced in a lab. And I know that I’ll NEVER eat flesh, ever, EVER again.

  • 2686 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it sounds gross, but I also think it’d be great for those people who aren’t willing to give up meat.
    Still…tube…meat. *shivers*

  • 2686 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I admit, I’m not a vegetarian yet.
    But animal cruelty is something I believe is wrong, 100%, no exceptions, so this will be a fantastic development.
    From personal experience, I know it’s hard to get rid of the habit of eating meat so I’d definitely be up for trying “in-vitro” meat…

  • 2686 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mmmm… I don’t know. It sounds like a great idea, but will there really be enough animals dying of natural causes to make enough of this meat? And how will the animals who eventually die of natural causes be raised? Surely we can’t just hope that every farmer who has a chicken will ship it off to a laboratory the moment it dies.

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I, personally, still think it’s absolutely disgusting, but I think that it’s far better than killing millions of animals, however I think this COULDDDD end up a bad idea in that like all other animal realted industries there’s no way to guarentee the origninal animals weren’t harmed.

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i still wouldnt eat it …
    but i think its an amazing idea for like you said, people that cant let go of meat.
    ily guys! xD

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It would be nice to see places like McDonald’s and Burger King serve test tube meats in the near future. Just knowing that animals wouldn’t have to be cruelly killed and tortured is a relief. But still, the thought of meat is just un-appealling to me, even if it is from a test tube and not a killed animal- but that’s my opinion. Though the idea is still very thoughtful and more animal friendly. :]

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is a terrible idea. Spend that $1 million on something worthwhile, not some science-fiction scheme that doesn’t address the root of the problem. Try promoting real vegan education instead. Or better yet, maybe PETA should consider using all that excess cash in their animal shelters so that they don’t have to “euthanize” any more sentient beings.

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it’s a great idea to help save animals lives and to protect them but I’m not sure how many meat-eaters would actually turn to this as an alternative to real animal flesh. I think many of them may be too worried about it being artificial and containing chemicals. Maybe Peta could do a survey of meat-eaters to find out their opinions?

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i think, although its good because theyre not killin animals, its cloning, and genetic engineering and all that crap. i wouldnt eat it, its not good for you, we all know about the vegetarians lower cholesterol, yeh? alternative meat from soya and stuff is good for you, but this cloning stuff is the same as real meat – full o sh*te.
    thats just my opinion cause i dont eat stuff thats bad for you, but i would encourage people addicted to meat like my bro to eat it.

  • 2687 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Its still sick and twisted to crave flesh but at least no ones suffering this way. And anyways these people dont give a damn when their food comes from tortured and suffering animals so i doubt they ll have a problem with it coming from a test tube…

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I seems like a brilliant idea for those flesh-loving people… i think i will ask my friends wether they would eat it or not not 2morrow 😀 my guess is they probably would eat it more than soy meat, and i guess will like the idea of not hurting animals :)
    But one thing is for sure, i would never eat it [go veg! :D]
    although it is a good idea for others :)
    -ily =]

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I seems like a brilliant idea for those flesh-loving people… i think i will ask my friends wether they would eat it or not not 2morrow 😀 my guess is they probably would eat it more than soy meat, and i guess will like the idea of not hurting animals :)
    But one thing is for sure, i would never eat it [go veg! :D]
    although it is a good idea for others :)
    -ily =]

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I seems like a brilliant idea for those flesh-loving people… i think i will ask my friends wether they would eat it or not not 2morrow 😀 my guess is they probably would eat it more than soy meat, and i guess will like the idea of not hurting animals :)
    But one thing is for sure, i would never eat it [go veg! :D]
    although it is a good idea for others :)
    -ily =]

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    I seems like a brilliant idea for those flesh-loving people… i think i will ask my friends wether they would eat it or not not 2morrow 😀 my guess is they probably would eat it more than soy meat, and i guess will like the idea of not hurting animals :)
    But one thing is for sure, i would never eat it [go veg! :D]
    although it is a good idea for others :)
    -ily =]

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    I seems like a brilliant idea for those flesh-loving people… i think i will ask my friends wether they would eat it or not not 2morrow 😀 my guess is they probably would eat it more than soy meat, and i guess will like the idea of not hurting animals :)
    But one thing is for sure, i would never eat it [go veg! :D]
    although it is a good idea for others :)
    -ily =]

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    I seems like a brilliant idea for those flesh-loving people… i think i will ask my friends wether they would eat it or not not 2morrow 😀 my guess is they probably would eat it more than soy meat, and i guess will like the idea of not hurting animals :)
    But one thing is for sure, i would never eat it [go veg! :D]
    although it is a good idea for others :)
    -ily =]

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THAT’S BRILLIANT!!
    It doesn’t hurt the animals, and just to think, one day my sick and twisted meat-craving family may actual be cruelty-free!
    Of course, I would never eat it… *shudder*

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG that would be some awesome! I would rather donate money to that then like any other cause…. If “in-vitro” meat could be mass produced then it would b almost like people wnet vegetarain…. And i’m guessing that we would have a lot more grain to give to poorer countrys to…. I wouldn’t eat it, but that would be so cool! All the people that i;ve talked to about this would eat it! My dead said he would even eat meat again if it was In-vitro test tube….

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is a great idea. Although I don’t think I would ever eat it (meat is gross), it would be great for cat food since cats are carnivores.

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I still wouldn’t consider going back to eating meat.

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what da PETA I CAN DO IT PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME NO JOKE I WILL STUDY LOL that sounds easy though and i have a idea how to make it you just get the cells of the animals than those cells can remake the meat ^^ easy as pie

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    While I won’t consume any animal protein, even if it comes from a test tube, it would be nice to have something to offer my family that is less cruel.

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    although some governments and the meat industry are looking at this process with great interest, we would like to see the process sped up. That’s why PETA is now stepping in, offering $1 million ($1 for every chicken killed each hour in the US) to the first scientist to produce and bring to market commercially-successful in-vitro meat.
    Way awesome – what a great idea!

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it is a great idea, that of which I have been following for a few years now. Every meat eater that I have asked on the subject said they would have no objection to eating vitro meat as long as it tastes the same and is similar in price. Most of those actually prefer the idea of not harming animals, but are unwilling to go vegetarian. Would I eat it… no. but if it would spare millions of animals of being tortured and butchered, I am all for it.

  • 2688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sounds gross…
    I don’t want to eat any kind of flesh, cloned or not.

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