At Farm Sanctuary, where I am the senior director for strategy, we provide lifelong care to more than 1,000 farm animals, and we know them as individuals with personalities. Most Americans would recoil at manipulating the genes of dogs to change their flesh for human consumption, but there is no ethical or rational difference between eating a dog and eating a pig.
Noted ethologist Jane Goodall explains: "Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined.... They are individuals in their own right."
Readers who are revolted by genetically manipulating animals can take a stand against this bizarre practice by adopting a vegetarian diet.