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(Some Guy)   The art of science allows "artists" to grow real fur coats of your choice in a lab without harming animals. Chinchillas everywhere breath a little easier   (haaretz.com) divider line
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2007-04-07 12:12:37 AM  
Merkins for everyone!
 
2007-04-07 12:20:48 AM  
One step closer to Oryx & Crake.
 
2007-04-07 1:15:17 AM  
Does this mean we'll be seeing more muffs?
 
2007-04-07 1:19:44 AM  
[image from pr0n.encyclopediadramatica.com too old to be available]

Now can we make a chinchilla that sure isn't nocturnal?

/Check out your animal facts next time Trevor
 
2007-04-07 1:20:15 AM  
"miniature fur coat" != fur coat. That is all.
 
2007-04-07 1:20:32 AM  
FTFA:

"For example, if we were to take a consumer product and wrap it in living tissue, would we consider it something living?"

.... Sarah Connor?
 
2007-04-07 1:20:50 AM  
This will make PeTA explode.

/feels SO real......
 
2007-04-07 1:26:01 AM  
Chinchilla thread!
[image from img.photobucket.com too old to be available]

Nobody ever wants to play this game.
 
2007-04-07 1:29:53 AM  
Suck it Fundies!!
 
2007-04-07 1:30:00 AM  
You know, that sounds even creepier than the idea of wearing skin peeled off an animal.

I don't care if people want to wear/make stuff out of fur or leather. I just wish the animals were treated better & were killed more humanely.
 
2007-04-07 1:32:20 AM  
That's incredible.
 
2007-04-07 1:32:43 AM  
lol-- "on the last day, they 'killed' the coat by no longer feeding it"... that sentence freaks me out yet makes me laugh at the same time.
When my chinchilla gets too rowdy, I threaten to turn him into a cell-phone holder. If I had the energy/skills, I'd add a chinch picture to this thread...
 
2007-04-07 1:33:24 AM  
Well there's your answer tokyogirl79, grow your own!
 
2007-04-07 1:34:21 AM  
This thread was made for me!

My chinchilla, Chico:

[image from i8.photobucket.com too old to be available]
 
2007-04-07 1:34:49 AM  
What's the fun of that?! Is the petri dish gonna rub the lotion on its... cells??
 
2007-04-07 1:37:21 AM  
Come on, how bad could the fur industry be?

The page is NSFW due to banner ads.
The actual content video is not just NSFW, it's Not Safe For Your Soul.

Honestly, don't... just don't watch it.
 
2007-04-07 1:37:39 AM  
Too bad I can't breath easier! Allergies FTW!
 
2007-04-07 1:41:12 AM  
I liked this part, FTA:

Zurr: "At that time we received an e-mail from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, a very militant American animal-welfare organization. The organization's leader had a project proposal: that we should take a biopsy from her and grow from her tissue a steak that she would eat. The idea was to protest the eating of animals, but this would be an act of cannibalism, which we did not like, and we refused."

/now that's zealotry. er, i mean committment.
//i've got great marbling.
 
2007-04-07 1:46:03 AM  
The actual content video is not just NSFW, it's Not Safe For Your Soul.

Meh. More important things to care about.
 
2007-04-07 1:47:12 AM  
This news calls for a drum solo.
 
2007-04-07 1:48:28 AM  
and the result is on view in an installation called "Victimless Leather" at the Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon.

Sure, there are no victims, unless you count the indigenous Palestinians.

/I keed, I keed
//happy Passover!
 
2007-04-07 1:49:02 AM  
how long till I can buy a leather couch that's living hide? maybe just plug it in and feed it every week or so....it'd stay warm all the time, get patterns tattooed on it.

my mind frequently goes to places like this.
 
2007-04-07 1:49:08 AM  
The organization's leader had a project proposal: that we should take a biopsy from her and grow from her tissue a steak that she would eat.

Whoa, I missed that. Actually, I think you should be allowed to eat yourself (Stephen King's short story "Survivor Type", anyone?). It's not like you're actually killing and eating a human, only your own cells.

/kind of like sucking blood out of a papercut
//sort of
 
2007-04-07 1:50:58 AM  
that's some crazy motherfarking shiat right there, bro.
 
2007-04-07 1:51:17 AM  
Not that I'm against killing animals, kill as many as you like, but why would anyone wear this? Just plain ugly.
[image from mrkensfurs.com too old to be available]
 
2007-04-07 2:05:07 AM  
I always wondered if vegans would eat a steak grown in a lab
 
2007-04-07 2:10:08 AM  
sirpilsofd

Make mine sable.

The thing about growing the steak from the organization's leader's tissue reminds me of an entropy problem I had in P-Chem about frying an egg and feeding it to the hen that laid it.
 
2007-04-07 2:27:34 AM  
Oznog: Come on, how bad could the fur industry be?

The page is NSFW due to banner ads.
The actual content video is not just NSFW, it's Not Safe For Your Soul.

Honestly, don't... just don't watch it.


Seeing something like that, especially the last couple of minutes, is what keeps me from wearing fur. *shudder*
 
2007-04-07 2:33:35 AM  
yay! Chinchilla thread!
 
2007-04-07 2:43:14 AM  
TFA: The organization's leader had a project proposal: that we should take a biopsy from her and grow from her tissue a steak that she would eat.

Chinchillazilla: Whoa, I missed that. Actually, I think you should be allowed to eat yourself (Stephen King's short story "Survivor Type", anyone?). It's not like you're actually killing and eating a human, only your own cells.

[image from samscam.co.uk too old to be available]

Well, you could always just breed an animal that wanted to be eaten, right?

What's to stop you from breeding an animal that wants you to skin it and wear it as a coat?

/Just going to pop off and shoot myself.
//Don't worry, I'll be very humane.
 
2007-04-07 2:48:01 AM  
I forget, was it Wilma Flintstone or Betty Rubble who had the fur stole made up of live, cooperative minks?
 
2007-04-07 2:56:43 AM  
I like chinchillas. I couldn't deprive one of them of their fur coat. They'd be cold.
 
2007-04-07 3:02:37 AM  
No, they breathe easier. Breathe! Breath is the stuff you can see when it's really, really cold outside. Breathe is what you do in order to see your breath.

/rant
 
2007-04-07 3:15:36 AM  
"These chinchillas are 100% synthetic."

"Amazing"

/obscure?
 
2007-04-07 3:21:39 AM  
my tex-ture is the best fur, vat-grown chinchilla
 
2007-04-07 3:30:36 AM  
tokyogirl79: You know, that sounds even creepier than the idea of wearing skin peeled off an animal.

I don't care if people want to wear/make stuff out of fur or leather. I just wish the animals were treated better & were killed more humanely.


Mostly I worry about tasty their flesh will be, and how soft and supple their tanned skin will feel.
 
2007-04-07 3:38:45 AM  
Oznog

Well, you could always just breed an animal that wanted to be eaten, right?

What's to stop you from breeding an animal that wants you to skin it and wear it as a coat?


Oooh. Sweet. And freaky.

As long as we're wandering towards... *dramatic pause* ...the Twilight Zone... there's one vaguely off-topic thing I'd like to say: it's made out of people!
 
2007-04-07 3:44:07 AM  
tonesskin

Every issue that is immoral and cruel must still be addressed regardless of the ridiculous scale of importance. And there are many people and many means that enable us to address the issue. Perhaps you are limited yourself when you only think of the 'important issues'.
 
2007-04-07 3:50:01 AM  
"If you've got children, like I know I have..."
 
2007-04-07 3:55:17 AM  
Can't resBoobiesing.

Brad: ...no, they don't bite, and... well, Ken, as you know, Chinchillas, or "mutated" chinchillas like these -- Blue Mutants, we call them...

Ken: Is that because of their peculiar coloration, Brad, that makes them so rare?

Brad: Ah, no. They were first crossbred, or "introduced" as we say, by Alister Blue, a munitions, er, mutations expert who's been into the raising of these little sweethearts... Oh! Careful there!

Ken: Is he -- is he getting away?

Brad: That's all right. We've got a lot more of 'em. They do that and that's part of the fun of raisin' 'em, and they're very clean animals...

Ken: I wanted to ask about that...

Brad: They're very clean, and if they do "mess," as we refer to it, they'll do it in their little cages, and it doesn't make any difference... and they dig a hole for it, also...

Ken: Is that what this one's doing here? Can we get a close-up of that?

Brad: No, no! No, this one's just trying to get away. That's his mate over there. The one they're trying to catch...

Ken: Well, they just caught it! Our floor manager just tells me he's stepped on it.

Brad: Her. That's a female, or "squirrel," as we say. Those bright colors around the snout -- "nose-rings," as we call 'em -- differentiate between 'em and of course, you just cover 'em up with this Nair Guard, and then they won't breed.

Ken: They can't breathe?

Brad: No, no, no! They can't breed!

Ken: This one's crawling up my leg...

Brad: But, seriously, Brad -- er, Ken. We want them to breed as much as possible, and this Guard is only used, of course, when you're away on vacation for a few weeks and, you know, it becomes inconvenient for them to...

Ken: Well, Brad, let's go over to that demonstration you were going to...

Brad: Sure, I'm going to show you how absolutely trouble-free these well-tempered little animals are, and uh... if you have kids, like I know I have, you'll want to watch this very carefully.

Ken: We've got a nice fat close-up there...

Brad: If he'll just stay still here... Ah, I'm going to put out this lighted cigarette out on this chinchilla now... there. And you can see, I'm just letting it burn there... it doesn't harm the coat at all...

Ken: That's amazing...

Brad: Yes, it certainly is.

Ken: It's still smoking there...

Brad: Yes.

Ken: How is this -- how is this possible, er, Ken?

Brad: Well, Brad, this chinchilla is entirely synthetic.

Ken: That's fantastic.

Brad: And with these little fellows raised in your spare time, in the playhouse, or the garage, or the slave's quarters, you'll be making hay while the sun shines, and at midnight too, with Mutant Blue.

Ken: Thank you, Brad -- and you, too, little... what's his name?

Brad: Doesn't have a name. They're all the same...

Ken: Well, thank you. And in just a moment, we'll tell you all the numbers to call...
 
2007-04-07 3:56:12 AM  
Ah, filter, you may have won the battle, but I shall win the war!
 
2007-04-07 4:32:37 AM  
Does anyone have that De Beers spoof ad?

"De Beers
Lets see them replicate african child laborers blood in a laboratory"
 
2007-04-07 5:31:17 AM  
tokyogirl79: You know, that sounds even creepier than the idea of wearing skin peeled off an animal.

That's dumb.

outback_rebel: I always wondered if vegans would eat a steak grown in a lab.

I would.

heathp: Every issue that is immoral and cruel must still be addressed... And there are many people and many means that enable us to address the issue.

Very true. I'm sure tonesskin's schedule is not so completely full of globally important engagements that he could not take the time to avoid being cruel to animals.
 
2007-04-07 5:57:34 AM  
And where are the Ghostbusters references?
What happened to you Fark? You used to be cool.
 
2007-04-07 8:03:21 AM  
Qermaq

And to think I was just going to ask if they were Mutant Blue chinchillas.

Bravo...
 
2007-04-07 9:38:03 AM  
Ever notice the only people who wear fur coats in the city are rich old white ladies and young poor black men?
 
2007-04-07 9:49:58 AM  
Better Living Through Mad Science!
 
2007-04-07 9:51:51 AM  
FTFA: "The audience that viewed the display was taught how to create this kind of system by themselves."

OK, so how do you do it?
 
2007-04-07 10:12:33 AM  
i would eat a human steak if it was grown seperate from the person it came from.

i still don't care about fur but i think this is a good solution.
 
2007-04-07 11:48:10 AM  
I approve!

I hope they devolop human cell cultures to see if certain drugs will be safe for human consumption.

//Zelnorn & Vioxx dangerous side effects were not found by animal testing...
 
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