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Virtual Factory Farming

In Minecraft, players kill the cows, chickens, and pigs wandering the landscape and cook the dropped meat for food. Generating more food more efficiently has led many players to create automated farms with hundreds of virtual animals in enclosed spaces, bred only to be immediately killed to satisfy the player’s craving for a whole lot of pork.

I have no problem with these ‘virtual factory farms’ because they obviously don’t cause any pain to real animals. Also, like everything else in Minecraft, the animals are just another resourse for the player to use for him/herself. Each cubical cow looks and acts the same as the next. But it is surprising how accurately these virtual contraptions reflect the way we farm actual animals in real life (minus the minecarts).