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Virtual reality for chickens would simulate a blissful free-range life

16
May
2014

A world where all humans were living inside of virtual reality would be considered dystopian, but what if humans were to impose that same existence on the animals we raise and often subject to poor conditions? Second Livestock envisions tiny virtual-reality headsets that could be put on chickens, and presumably other livestock as well, to give them the impression that theyre living a wonderful, free-range life. We’re living in these little boxes, just like chickens. Second Livestock is obviously not the most feasible proposal, but Stewarts goal is to have people take it seriously and consider their reactions. And even knowing its a fake, reading through the fictional companys website is both humorous and dark: Second Livestocks proposed treatment of chickens would also include clean spaces, room to move, and an organic diet — better than many actual chickens are treated.

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