This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 89%. (I’m a bot)
With the spread of industrial livestock methods – today the source of 95 percent of meat, eggs, and dairy items – the fate of farm animals went from regrettable to abhorrent, from merely sad to morally untenable.
Cruelty is the objective reality, degrading to all concerned, no matter how one weighs the importance of meat and other animal products, and no matter what appeals are made to economics, efficiency, or some other all-absolving rationale.
If cultured meat can now break through this problem and offer a way out – the very same products, with none of the misery – why wouldn’t we choose it?