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From: Lee Hall

Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:19 PM

Test Tube Meat? Thank You, We'll Pass.

So now an advocacy group announces they'd present a million bucks to someone who invents animal flesh in a test tube.

Just as bizarrely, our great media outlets are actually giving this announcement attention.

Truth be told, the media have a penchant for bestowing attention to any animal activists who do or say something they think their viewers will find weird.

And in vitro meat sure fits the weird bill.

We humans are primates. Our bodies have no nutritional need for meat. If anything, it's high time we get beyond our fascination with opening our mouths and inserting flesh.

We make living beings onto commodities and we deforest land incessantly in the name of meat-eating. Some may say growing meat from a few cells in labs could mean keeping the flesh without needing to graze the animals. And yet, having our food, which is to continue including flesh, produced for us by people in white lab coats hardly seems a better vision of humanitys future.

The process of developing lab-grown tissues from animal cell cultures means using and experimenting with animals for years. Make no mistake: The experiments won't just all come to an end when a perfect copy of muscle tissue is made. Scientists plan to explore ways to limit fat, preserve traditional taste, and eliminate bacteria. Vladimir Mironov, a cell biologist and anatomy professor at the Medical University for South Carolina, has said: We want to create something better than natural meat.

Already, far too much control over our food is placed with scientists who treat living beings as their testing instruments. And the in vitro meat idea only reinforces the notion that flesh belongs in our diet, while ignoring the beauty and kindness of vegetarianism.

Imagine what could be done with a million dollars...

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