“The question is not, can they reason?, nor can they talk? but, can they suffer?” this quote from philosopher Jeremy Bentham is often used as the basis for including animal’s within our moral sphere. But what if one could eliminate an animal’s ability to suffer? This is the exact proposal of one award winning ethics paper that concludes it is our ethical duty to advocate for genetically disenhanced animals, who cannot feel (and may even enjoy) pain. This, of course, opens up a host of ethical questions and the bearded duo will do their best to parse them out. They also break down the week’s news and visit one of NYC’s newest vegan eateries.

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Bye SeaWorld! Attendance at San Diego Park Has Dropped the Most Out of ALL Theme Parks in the U.S. (One Green Planet)

European Parliament votes to support a push towards a global animal testing ban (Cosmetic Design)

Global Animal Testing Ban Is ‘One Step Closer’ After Winning MP Support, Say Campaigners (Plant Based News)

Republican Farm Bill Amendment Threatens Animal Rights (MSN)

What Is the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” and Why Does It Matter? (Modern Farmer)

Why We Should Genetically ‘Disenhance’ Animals Used in Factory Farms (Practical Ethics)

The Practical Ethicist – An Interview With Peter Singer (Salon)

The Opposite of Human Enhancement: Nanotechnology and the Blind Chicken Problem by Paul B. Thompson (Nanoethics)

 Could Engineering Animals to Enjoy Pain End Animal Suffering?(The Stranger)

 Should Farm Animals Be Genetically Modified to Remove Their Capacity to Feel Pain? (Alternet)