Rescued chickens are dressed up to protect them from the cold.

Soon, dressing up a chicken will literally mean dressing them up. Memphis Meats has announced that they have successfully developed the world’s first chicken “grown from chicken cells without so much as ruffling a feather.” The chicken is made from a one time draw of stem cells which are then replicated and grown in an animal-free medium to produce real meat from animals without killing.

In addition to chicken (and pigs, cows, turkeys and others), there are also companies working on dairy, eggs, silk, and even leather. Technology isn’t just revolutionizing our lives; it will revolutionize–and spare–the lives of billions of animals each and every year.

From the moment they are born to the moment their necks are slit, the vast majority of animals raised and killed for food will experience lives of unremitting torment. They will not know contentment, respite, safety, happiness, or kindness. Instead, they will live a short life characterized by inescapable discomfort, social deprivation, the thwarting of every natural instinct and constant stress, all punctuated by moments of agonizing pain, terror, and the deliberate infliction upon them of harm, cruelty and eventually, a brutal and untimely death.

Cultured chicken would eliminate this suffering. It is also cleaner. Unlike factory farmed chickens, Memphis Meat chicken is free of e-coli contamination, disease, salmonella, and other contagions. Better for chickens; better for people.

In the understatement of the year, The Wall Street Journal says “it tastes like chicken.” There’s a reason for that: it IS chicken. With only two exceptions: No one was abused. No one was killed.

Memphis Meats chicken will go on sale in a couple of years. When it does, the end of the slaughterhouse will be at hand.

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