19 March 2014
The Advantages of Animal Cloning
“I laughed when Steven Spielberg said that cloning extinct animals was inevitable. But I'm not laughing anymore, at least about mammoths. This is going to happen. It's just a matter of working out the details” (Hendrik Poinar Quote). Society has changed its perspective on cloning over the last ten years. Most likely because it went from science fiction to reality in only a short period of time. The idea of seeing animals that were extinct hundreds of years ago in today’s world would be thought of as crazy ten years ago. Even scientific experts like evolutionary biologist Hendrik Poinar did not see the cloning technology coming. Cloning is having a major impact on a variety of organisms; however, animal cloning is currently the most controversial. This brings up the question do the advantages of cloning animals outweigh the risks? Even though animal cloning can be viewed as unethical, cloning should be permitted because it can increase animal population. and lead to medical and scientific breakthroughs.
No doubt, the main reason animal cloning should not be permitted is because it can be viewed as unethical. People feel that cloning is changing God’s creations and that it leads to animal cruelty. The first reason is it is viewed as unethical because organisms that were created to be a certain animals whose genes can now be modified which could change things like the animal habitat breeding and life span. The idea that cloning changes God’s creations has angered a variety of religious groups including Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu and turned them anti cloning. However, even if a certain group of people think something is unethical, it does not mean society in general will have the same opinion. Also, it does not say anything specifically in the Bible about cloning. Another reason cloning is unethical is because these cloned animals are going through animal cruelty. “ A 2009 report by the Parma, Italy-based European Food Safety Authority concluded that cloned foods aren't unhealthy for humans but that cloning—in particular the surgical procedures used to inseminate surrogates and the high death rate in the cloning process—amounted to a form of animal cruelty”( Romig). Animal cruelty is becoming a common theme with animal cloning due to the surgical procedures used in cloning, and that the cloned animals are more likely to get diseases and defects because they are released to their environment before their body can adapt. This animal cruelty has a big impact on people’s opinion on cloning. In fact nearly eighty eight percent of people were disgusted with animal cloning when they learned animal suffering was involved ( Ethics : End Animal Cloning). Although animal cruelty was observed in the experimental stages of cloning, the current procedures used in cloning have become safer for the animals involved. This is important because...