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I don't know whether the vegetarians would be satisfied with this or not. It does not require killing an animal, so maybe their long fast might be over. If you skipped the cow and just grew the steak, would you still be a carnivore?
In the universe of Whipping Star, the universal economy is so advanced that no one needs to spend any time farming at all. The separation from the agrarian past of all species is complete. But until then, try Kobe Beef, the best steak you ever ate (an unsolicited testimonial!).
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