We are grateful to a DP correspondent for steering towards an excellent essay by distinguished philosophers and animal rights ethicists Alice Crary and Lori Gruen, adapted from their recently published book, Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory. A few paragraphs below, with the cover image linked to the book’s webpage.
In the wake of our brief excursion into the slaughterhouse sensorium, we received correspondence steering us to a December report in the Sacramento Bee, uncritically lauding the advent of a brave new chapter in the dark annals of livestock management and the eventual transformation of cattle into beef.
The untitled images of well-horned creatures were bred from the imagination of Michel Nedjar.
Here is an explanation of gene editing from the horse’s mouth, that is, the researcher referenced in the article: Alison Van Eenennaam.
When scientists begin to talk about intervening in millions of years of evolutionary biology as comparable to word processing, as we cut and paste out way into eternity, DP begins to think humans have descended so far into the chasm between techne and ethos that there is surely no way out.
How soon before the word processor is applied to ourselves, in pursuit of obedience, efficiency and order, achieving safety for the masters of the universe, such that they will not be gored by an unruly stampede?
In the comments to the newspaper report, we were relieved to find the below sting from a Wooly Bee:
Repulsive and reprehensible indeed; no, this will not end well.