For these people, there’s a small truth that they believe is somewhat significant, this is the fact that transgenic animals can help in science and medicine. But, these people also point out the fact that many innocent lives are being lost due to this technology for research purposes. These people also present the fact that the animal used for transgenic research can be one successful feast for a predator. Aside from the statistics that tell people that these experiments have a low success rate, during this process host animals can be
There has been a long conflict in ethical decisions between environmental ethics and animal rights. The focus of environmental ethics is the natural community. Whereas the focus of animal rights is the individual animal. In Eric Katz’s “Is There a Place for animals in the Moral Consideration of Nature?” he addresses this problem between environmental ethics and animal rights. He offers two kinds of moral consideration: the well-being of the natural community and the protection of the natural individual.
are threatened by global warming, poaching (illegal animal hunting) pollution, loss of forest or trees, and overfishing . Benjamin Beck of the National Zoo explained on PBS's Ask the Scientist that cloning is unlikely to be a useful conservation tool because it does not preserve genetic diversity. We must question the idea of trying to put the
Genetically modified animals are carried out for human proteins and therapies. The ability to clone animals lead to deformities thus leading to animals dying while young. As mentioned above, genetic engineering is available for the use to create organs for humans. The process is very intriguing, however if the animal was to have a disease; the disease would transfer to the intended transplantee (Ethical
The production of medicines through the use of genetically altered organisms has generally been welcomed. Critics of DNA fear that disease-producing, organisms used in some DNA experiments might develop extremely infectious forms that could result to worldwide
As the world becomes larger in population, more and more of new problems arise which drugs produced from conventional manufacturing processes cannot treat and cure. One example of unique products of pharming technology are edible vaccines. Currently, vaccines are implemented by injection and to particularly young children; the sight of a needle has been a source agony and distress. Pharming would allow vaccines to be transfused into transgenic animals, producing milk mixed with the vaccine which could be then consumed by the people who need to be vaccinated, causing no anguish, discomfort or
Ethics concerns both the individual and social spheres. Ethics affects every aspect of life, be it personal, family, social, economic, national or global, and includes how we treat other creatures and our environment. (Kretzschmar 2004:19-25). Definition of Theological Ethics:- Theological (or Christian) Ethics encompasses an analysis of our moral principles (norms and values) of what is right and wrong, looks to find methods of good ethical decision making and performing right actions, and concerns itself with the formation of moral character. It is also invested in societal regeneration as well as searching for answers to a wide range of moral issues facing us today, like hiv/aids, sexuality, health care, disparities between rich and poor, human rights, politics, the economics of a globalised world and environmental concerns (Kretzschmar 2004:24,36-39).
Animals are specifically adapted to their environment and, when scientists manipulates the genes of a few species in the ecosystem, the entire balance of the ecosystem might fall apart, causing an unknown number of natural animal species to go extinct. A moral issue that comes into a picture is that animals should have the right to be free of genetic manipulation. Despite this, the law in both the United States and in Europe (where most of this research takes place) tends to support genetic engineering
Euthanasia, abortion, and sexual morality are three very sensitive topics in American culture. These issues all share one thing in common, they are extremely personal issues that affect the individual the most. I believe ethical egoism would be a far simpler and more objective ethical theory to apply when looking for answers and direction in these complicated and emotional situations. Ethical or moral theories can be broken down into 2 very broad groups; consequentialist and non-consequentialist. Ethical egoism is a consequential moral philosophy which dictates that the individual take care of themselves first by putting their goals and interests first and foremost.
Despite the vast number of benefits associated with transgenic animal technology, there are however some risks and ethical concerns surrounding the methodology. One of the concerns is human health and welfare. People are very hesitant to consume genetically altered food products because they fear that they will cause them harm due to the lack of testing on GM animals. But what about the welfare of the animals? Many transgenic animals, such as disease models have disease symptoms induced upon them that can lead to deformaties, suffering and a reduced lifespan.