If everyone became vegan animals would have precious little space upon which to live due to the much lower caloric density of non-animal food sources demanding much larger agricultural farmland. So in the end it might not be as benefical to animals as one might expect due to habitat destruction.
Secondly, "to torture and kill animals" is perhaps the weakest argument for a vegeterian lifestyle as plenty of animal lifes are lost during harvesting and this is absolutely not the aim of keeping livestock. Compared to other omnivores, humans go to great lengths to take care of animals and slaughter them in the least painful way we can imagine.
Thirdly, as Heather points out, there are substiantial dietery concerns, and you may recall the story of the French couple's baby which died due to this very reason.
The destruction of anything living is always a bad thing, but it's not always the wrong thing. Growing meat in a petri dish would be a good way of reducing something which is bad, but not wrong.
Yes, especially if you, yourself were the one to mix and make the petri food.
I read an article in Discover quite a bit ago(maybe 5 years, now), and it was the science-fictiony idea of having a coffee-maker style machine, that incubated and tended the cells. You would buy a starter packet of cells(or scrape some of your own), dump it in, and in a tray it would create an almost tofu-like meat, something that obviously isn't quite steak, but is a mixture of fat and muscle tissue. In most science fiction stories this meat is a few steps below real meat, simply due to the fact that it costs less and takes less to make. In the event of overpopulation much of the culture would have to go vegetarian.
As it is, I hardly eat much meat on a regular basis. I make sure I get my veggies, sure, and I eat a lot of cheese and eggs and nuts and beans, and I love sausage and other tasty tasty meats, but they are a luxury, they take time to cook, make, and then are a waste if I can't finish them. I also live alone so it's not like I'm cooking for a family or group of meat-loving people.
It would be an interesting way to have people "grow" their own food in a large city-like area that has a high problem with starvation or nutrition. I could also see an easy way of making things like goat cheese, raising chickens or similar in a coop on the roof, and a few small balcony gardens--not to replace, but to supplement your average city person's diet.
Sure i would eat it if it was safe, has the same nutritional value, tastes just as good as real meat and about the same price as normal meat.
Would you eat the meat if it was a clone of a real animal BUT without a brain. would that be acceptable to any of you ?
Wut, you mean eat Glenn Beck? No! What if it's contagious what he has? Nihilist prions or sumtin'
Now there is a revolting thought hehe.
But no that's not what i had in mind :)
I saw this on a docu on either discovery or national geographic, cloning a farm animal but without it having a brain, so it would be "ok" to eat because it would'nt be able to feel pain, it would just be a living slab of meat.
You would be doing humanity a great favor by (literally) having Beck for dinner, with all its inherent dangers.
To quote Spock: "The needs of the many outweigh that of the few or one." :)