Edit: I missed gelerts post, now mine is merely an echo of his for the most part
Still it's probably encouraging that we've come to the same conclusions
I recently made a thread on a separate forum (which can be found here:
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthr ... st23986643
) Which addresses the inconsistencies with having a meat industry and not including humans. I'm sure most of you will have come across similar views (and I'm not expecting anyone here to click on the thread, merely giving them the option to).
Basically my issue is with the speciesism.
Presumably if I wanted to do something similar to a human I would land in jail. And if that is the case (not that I want this to happen to non human animals or human ones) then it does not by any means subvert the bigoted views against animals which are so deeply embedded in our society.
One outcome of the breeding wouldn't be "should we do this to an animal" once it's happened but instead a description; "we have being x in this position, is using it in the meat industry wrong".
A potential claim could be that the genetic changes are in favour of animal interests on a species wide level, but I doubt that this view could be coherently held as their only reason for being in the meat industry remains to be for human benefit, and not the benefit of the animals on either a species wide level or an individual level.