Sometimes I think the human ape has become too smart for it's own good. Take for example, this proposal from philosopher Paul Thompson - The Headless Chicken Solution. Basically it comes down to breeding a race of chickens which do not have brains, then hooking them up to a bunch of machines and shit and using electrodes to stimulate muscle growth, so that the chicken doesn't "suffer."
My first reaction to this idea is "Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people?" Although I must admit on further reflection, it actually is a rather good idea. If the animal doesn't have a brain, at least all those PETA people can't complain about it.
But how long before we're just genetically engineering chickens to automatically grow in pre-battered nugget form? And really, could you eat some KFC knowing the poor thing looked like this?