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Here’s the Word: PETA’s Ingrid on Colbert Last Night!

Written by PETA | March 18, 2009
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So, who watched The Colbert Report last night? I did, of course, but that’s not unusual for me. Once again, Stephen’s endless pursuit of hard-hitting news has led him to feature PETA’s ideas—and Ingrid was on the show!

Colbert interviewed Ingrid on a subject that’s either revolutionary or revolting, depending on your point of view: in vitro meat. As you may remember, PETA is offering 1 million dollars to the first team of scientists that can develop a method to produce viable, commercially available, lab-grown chicken meat by 2010. If the in vitro meat looks and tastes just like the “real thing” and can be sold at a competitive price, then even those who refuse to kick their meat addictions will have no justification for the continued slaughter of animals for food.

As you may have seen in last night’s episode, scientists are already tackling this, ahem, meaty issue. And hey, who knows—maybe the “Colbert Bump” was exactly what this contest needed! We anticipate an absolute flood of entries in the very near future.

As for in vitro meat, what does the PETA Files nation think—revolutionary or revolting?

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Jon says:

    Its good that she is ontv spreading our message… but I would not go to public with Vitro meat yet if you watch you will see how distuging it looks. I love meat sorry Guys but I would never eat that you need to make the smeat more appitizing.

  • Bill says:

    In the scifi vein…wouldn’t it be great if we could genetically engineer our cells to create energy via photosynthesis? That way no suffering would be involved at all. There is evidence that plants are sentient too… check it out.

  • Janelle says:

    I think it’s revolutionary and revolting at the same time. I wouldn’t eat it because it’s still flesh whether grown in a laboratory or not. Remember cloned meat? I think what’s most revolting about it is the idea that making babies in labs could follow. They’re already trying to make “designer babies” and probably messing up the whole world as they do it! Mostly revolting.

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  • Gina says:

    Although I think meat is gross I totally support this 100 because that way it will put an end to slaughterhouse cruelty.

  • Meech! says:

    Ending animal suffering for the sake of food once and for all? WONDERFUL!!! Ironically adding another cholesterolladen nail to the coffin of gluttonous fatasses by potentially lowering the price of “meat”? QUESTIONABLE… but fair. P After all we humans have that choice.

  • askny says:

    When you think of all the problems in vitro meat would solve or at least help solve how can anyone argue with it? So far as the nutrition aspectwithout the meat industry’s input maybe people would finally find out the truththat it’s not healthy. But then if they’ll be able to produce meat in the lab maybe they’ll find a way to make it healthy too! My guessit’ll happen.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Millions of vegetarian Hindus Jains Buddists and Seventh Day Adventists have lived long and healthy lives without ever eating meat.

  • Ryan says:

    This is perhaps the only decent idea that I have ever seen PETA come up with. As soon as you realize that in order to live you must kill and ingest something else yes I know that you can to a degree chose what it is you kill but you do still prematurely end the life cycle of something you’ll probably find alot more peace in your life. I am not a vegetarian or vegan or anything of the sort. But if meat can be grown in vats I’d be all for that because it would likely reduce the cost of meat. It would also be all SciFi and thats always fun

  • Jamie Rivet says:

    Jessica good laws sometimes get passed without a dictatorship making it so. Maybe way off in the future it will be illegal to eat meat just as it is human flesh at least I think that is illegal!. I can’t imagine myself eating in vitro even sans cruelty. But if it helps animals then I am all for it.

  • Priscilla says:

    I’ve a futuristic book coming out that deals with this concept in a unique and controversial way. My book The Final War and 3001 is progressive antiwar proanimal and for secular humanism. This is the quote from my book chapter that is on point “A very important lesson in history was when Prof. Jenn talked about creation of the manamals. This most important development led to more humane treatment of what was formerly considered livestock. The major change came about with development of the manimals or modified animals. Stem cell research developed life forms to produce meat in ways that caused no suffering. Actual body parts could be grown in a petri dish if desired. Yet the manimals made the greatest contribution to end the suffering. It made largescale painless production of meat products possible. Essentially the manimals were modified so that they had only the most primitive of brain stems. Manimals had just enough brain tissue to regulate heartbeat and breathing. They were produced that way through genetic engineering. There was no higher brain to react to stimuli experience thought or emotion or feel pain. Essentially manimals were merely meatproducing factories that were not capable of experiencing or feeling anything at all. All of the life forms developed for food were in reality brain dead and on life support as to needs for food and water. Food and water was fed through nasogastric tubes going directly into the manimals’ stomachs. Elimination was disposed of and used in the farming industry for fertilizer. The manimals could be kept diseasefree in clean conditions. Moreover genetic engineering could modify meat to taste like whatever meat was most popularchicken turkey venison and fish as well as the traditional basic pork and beef. It also made the meat more healthful because nutritional characteristics of the meat could be improved.. None of the manimals ever suffered because none of them were capable of brain function or consciousness. After the bodies grew and when they reached the point of being ready for processing the blood was drained from them their hearts stopped and they could be processed. Unlike with unmodified animal food sources these packages of meat were truly dissociated from any animal suffering. Once manimals were developed laws were enacted to protect animals that were previously unprotected as livestock. Pigs cows and other livestock became protected creatures as were other animals.” In my book this meat is not developed until much later 3001because the war sets back so much human development. Actually I think the concept could easily be developed now. Human enoncephalic babies are often born in nature and live for only a short period of timethey can’t develop intellectually. But manamals could be kept alive and harvested ethically in my opinion. They could be developed for food given current cloning and stem cell technology. I hope it happens soon. I know that it’s controversial but hey what isn’t? Sorry this blog is so long. My book will be out in June or so on Amazon. It’s called The Final War and 3001Birth of a Political Renassaince. Keep fighting the good fight. Priscilla Herochik R.N.J.D.

  • heather says:

    While i’m not opposed to the idea i wouldn’t eat it either for the same reason i try to avoid other unnatural foods…can’t be healthy.

  • Kate says:

    I still wouldn’t eat mock meat it’s still bad for you even if it’s not real. If it tastes the same and looks the same it probely has the same nutritional value which is practicaly nothing and saturated chlorestrol. My main reason for going veg is animal rights but I wouldn’t eat this “in vitro meat”.

  • Brad says:

    Making meat in vitro does not cause animals to suffer therefore vegans can eat it. It is no different than eating plant or fungal mass. They are cells without a nervous system to identify pain. This is a wonderful idea. The people who are against this should smell the reality that most people are not going to give up meat. I would love to be a dictator and outlaw meat. Unfortunately in vitro is probably our best hope.

  • jessica says:

    revolutionary but would we eat it? being vegns …

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    The current production of meat is devastating the planet. While in vitro meat would be a great way to reduce animal suffering we don’t need to eat meat in the first place. Predictions are global meat consumption will increase dramatically if in fact there’s actually any place to raise all these extra animals. If you won’t go veg for the animals or your health how about for saving our dying planet?

  • Joanna says:

    Just eat a sprout. Franken meat is just too weird.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    Didn’t this whole in vitro meat cause a civil war within PETA over eating meat regardless of it being fake or not?

  • PW says:

    What’s revolting is the conditions that real chickens are keep in….this idea is definitely revolutionary!!

  • Carla says:

    Revolutionary to say the least!!

  • Rachel A says:

    This is so exciting! Given the origin of normal meat it’s a DEAD BODY folks people shouldn’t be so quick to turn away in horror. It’s a real chance to move away from animal slaughter once and for all. For that reason I’ll back it all the way.