Dr. Rollefson's Article: The Ethics Of Animal Cloning

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Animal cloning is a relatively new and unheard of issue facing pet owners, consumers, and conservationists alike. Animal cloning is controversial due to the beliefs that it is an unethical practice and that it is harmful to animals. Some are worried that the lack of genetic diversity will destroy the livestock production industry. Consumers believe that cloned animals used for food could potentially cause health issues for humans when consumed. It is believed that animal cloning can be used to save threatened species from extinction caused by deforestation and poaching. People also are using cloning to clone their beloved pets so they can have genetically identical copies of them. Livestock cloning can greatly increase the production of food …show more content…
Rollefson, a veterinarian against animal cloning in livestock animals. In her article she mentions how many countries including those in the European Union and The United States of America have already approved of animal cloning. It talks about how they do not require special labeling on food products produced through animal cloning. The article mentions how many people disapprove of animal cloning and briefly mentions that animals suffer. Rollefson believes that cloning will cause a huge lack in biodiversity and that soon consumers will eat only cloned animals. The article calls animal cloning “… a waste of resources,” since it requires a great amount of technology and wasted time. Rollefson also believes that cutting down forests to naturally graze animals is the best way to raise …show more content…
Many people are allergic to some companion animals like cats. The people are actually allergic to a certain protein found in the saliva and skin of cats. According to Myles Axton, Scientists at Allerca, a biotechnology company, have figured out a way to breed cats without this protein and some cats are naturally born without the protein. Cloning these animals can produce guaranteed allergen-free cats and can be a huge benefit to those who are allergic to cats. Animal cloning, also called somatic cell nuclear transfer, is a growing industry that has so much potential to do almost anything. It can be used to solve world hunger and save endangered species from extinction. Animal cloning is an industry that is constantly improving and breaking through walls with new breakthroughs practically every day. Livestock producers clone the best and most productive animals for breeding purposes so they can create the most offspring possible. There is also a higher likely hood that more genetically superior animals can be produced. The outlook is also promising in the companion animal industry because more people can get cloned cats that people are not allergic to. Cloning livestock animals is efficient in creating more genetically superior animals for breeding purposes. Through time animal cloning will only continue to improve as new technologies become available to make cloning simple and

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