Cloning Endangered Animals Essay

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The Implications of Cloning Extinct Animals The modern world is filled with diverse species of plants, animals, and ecosystems. Looking back hundreds or thousands of years, though, the types of environments, plants, and animals, vary from virtually the same to drastically different. Animals have either evolved or gone extinct as the environment changed, new species came and went, or humans impacted them. There is controversy whether extinct animals should be left extinct, or if people should intervene and bring them back. With modern technology, it would be possible to clone an extinct or endangered animal using genetic material from the cells of the animal, even after being dead for years. The real question is, should we? With an ever-changing …show more content…
Simply bringing back individual animals would not solve the problem that caused the species’ extinction in the first place. Animals that were driven to extinction from habitat loss would still have no habitat to go to. Animals that were poached to extinction would continue to be poached. The ability to clone animals may even encourage or allow hunters to continue hunting endangered animals, because they can easily be brought back. Elephants are poached for their tusks made of ivory, which are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. If we cloned more elephants to preserve the species, it would be likely that hunters would continue to poach them. Ivory is worth a lot, and many cultures will still pay a lot for it, so more elephants will be killed for their valuable tusks. (“The Tragic Price of Ivory”) If we wanted to stop the extinction of the animal, we would look at the root of the problem and solve that, not clone the …show more content…
Older preserves of organisms also have limited usable genetic material, and the lack of diversity would present more problems with inbreeding, susceptibility to disease, and others. Sue Lindsey, an executive director of the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, says "Even if you cloned several of these animals, I 'd be concerned about there being enough robust [genetic] material out there that [the population] would survive." (Mott, Maryann) Biodiversity is essential to a healthy, long living, thriving species, and when we have limited amount of diversity to start with, it would be very difficult to grow as a population. Cloning sounds like a good idea on the surface, but would have too many possible

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