Footnote: While this seems like a glaring oversight on White’s part, it should be pointed out that White Noise, no matter how old he is, is still a space-station boy — which means he’s used to tank-grown food coming out of fabricators, as opposed to “the old fashioned way”.

It’s safe to say he’s about as disgusted at the idea of food being hacked off the bones of a dead animal raised explicitly for its eventual slaughter as we would be with the idea of eating artificial meat that came out of the business end of a 3D printer.

Most other folks (Addy, certainly) aren’t as bothered by the idea, and so groups like the Society for Ethical Handling of Nascent Sophonts (SeHNS) still have a tough road to hoe… unless, of course, you’re talking about the right kind of meat.