October, 7, 2013
Should Animals Be Cloned For Agricultural Purposes?
Do you personally, really want to eat an organism that was factory farmed? On the cutting edge of biotechnics and agriculture alike, cloning animals for these purposes are being considered. Clearly, this is not right or correct in any way, shape, or form. Cloning animals will test our ethics and moral systems. In contrast to ourselves; Is this a civil and humane way to treat and view animals? Not to mention the health concerns in regard to the animals that come along with cloning them. An example of this is Dolly, which was the first successfully cloned animal
(sheep) that reached adulthood. She showed us that animal cloning is inefficient and has serious health risks to the animal. But, what about the thing humans and animals share the most? The planet. The environmental concerns and problems of factory farming and cloning would be devastational to it. This is simply not natural, in comparison to all humans; If you have ever put thought in the evolutionary history of our diet, you would clearly see overwhelming evidence that we are not carnivores, barley even omnivores. Animal cloning should not be allowed for agricultural purposes. With the cloning of animals this would just in fact; amplify all these already existing issues. And, all this for capitalism and profit motives. It just does not make any logical sense.
Cloning animals for agriculture is not just about profit or monetary issues. The ethical and moral concerns are extremely imminent. It would change the outlook on society itself. Unlike human beings, animals do not have moral processes. They thrive off of instinct. So, if humans do have rational thought processes, how could we possibly kill an organism that is defenseless? On top of that; Cloning them so we can kill more of them, faster and easier. This does not seem civilized in any aspect. Although they do not have moral thought process, they still have emotion and pain. Humanity also has emotion and the sense of pain. This all translates to; If we kill an animal, is it the equivalent to killing a man? And, If we clone animals, is it right to clone humans? No, our society itself would be in shambles and chaos if that happened. DNA would be virtually useless if we became a world populated with clones. Imagine having a child that would not have a promising future because their genes are identical to whom they cloned from. Even psychologically; The wonder of self identity in that child would be overwhelming.
We need to respect biological distinction. Limiting genes to a specific spices for certain traits is just narrow genetic diversity too far. It is unnatural and immoral to override nature’s basic limitations that have taken humanity thousands of years to recognize, understand and implement.
Look at ourselves, we would not be who we are today without natural processes. The world operates absolutely fine organically. What gives humanity the arrogance to enervate and agitate it? Look at the rest of the world; Multiple religious groups and cultures including Catholic,
Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhists have rejected animal cloning. To these faiths they see it as playing God. These sects of people are humble and have a decent amount of respect. In contrast,
America thinks it has the right and enough pride to even consider this. This is where a capitalistic nation pushes it’s limits. In America today, farmers are producing so much meat and dairy
products that they need to export it to even turn a profit says Wayne Pacelle in his article, Animal
Cloning Is Unethical. Even if you went into your local grocery store you would see that milk is cheaper to buy than bottled water. Sadly, America is that gluttonous. We already have more product than we can handle and we want to clone to produce more, for more profit. Greediness is infinitely not a positive moral. Neither are any of the other points above. So, why even contemplate the