Gene drives have been attempted in the past, with mixed success, but recent development of CRISPR gene editing technology has increased optimism. This new technology is fast, accurate, and scarily powerful.
If a cat parent does not enrich the life of their animal through play, the cat parent is solely responsible for that animal’s boredom and any behavioral consequences that arise from that deficiency. Cats can have just as fulfilling a life indoors as they do outdoors, but it takes more work on behalf of the owner.
While our dogs and cats might not lie awake at night worrying about climate change and the fate of billions of factory-farmed animals, nor are they responsible for purchasing the food that funds these problems. That burden lies with us, their owners, and, happily, it’s never been easier to buy out of unethical pet food production.
Ultimately, we don’t know for sure that invertebrates suffer in a comparative way to other animals, but given that at any moment the earth contains a billion billion insects, it seems prudent to take the precautionary principle. The potential for these insects to consciously experience some kind of suffering must have an impact on how we interact with them, and our crop fields are a very good place to start.
Deeming something bad/unacceptable simply because it is unnatural, or something good/acceptable simply because it is natural, is known as an appeal to nature. It is the justification of some negative responses to the notion of wild animal welfare stewardship.