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    Stephen, 13 Aug 2015 @ 9:26pm

    Bad Idea!

    GMO animals might be cruelty free -- if we can engineer farm animals to not feel pain?
    Bad idea!

    An animal which cannot not feel pain is an animal might well badly injure itself without realising it.

    Pain is the mechanism through which animals--including us!--realise that we are being damaged and take steps to prevent it. Imagine, for example, if you put your own hand into a flame but did not realise the consequences because you did not feel the pain which comes from being burnt.

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 Aug 2015 @ 9:50pm

      Re: Bad Idea!

      We can still eat badly injured animals. As it is, I believe we tend to injure them badly in preparation.

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        Mason Wheeler (profile), 14 Aug 2015 @ 7:18am

        Re: Re: Bad Idea!

        No, we slaughter them in preparation. But you want the animal to be in good health before that point, for a variety of reasons that should be intuitively obvious.

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 Aug 2015 @ 11:23pm

      Re: Bad Idea!

      "Imagine, for example, if you put your own hand into a flame but did not realise the consequences because you did not feel the pain which comes from being burnt."


      So I can become The Human Torch? Cool, gene splicing is awesome!

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