If we, people, are the ones who made all of these species go extinct, now we have to to bring them back. De-extinction could be a big step forward for genetic engineering and a bunch of other things. De-extinction could offer insights into evolution and natural resources that are currently unavailable to us. It would be very interesting to see a real mammoth in a zoo. Cons: De-extinction is wrong and strange.
In the article 5 Reasons to Bring Back Extinct Animals and 5 Reasons Not to, the author Breanna Draxler explains, “De-extinct species would be alien and potienally invasive; their habits and food sources have changed. So their in these changed ecosystems could be too” (2013). This means that if extinct species comes back, it would have new food sources and habits to adapt to. In the article De-Extinction Probably Not Worth It by Sarah Zielinski it states, “Then they would have to successfully re-introduce the species to the planet, taking care to find a place where the new-again species wouldn’t harm other animals and where the animal would be safe from whatever drove them extinct in the first place” (2017). This explains that if a species were to come back to the world scientists would have to re-introduce them to their habitats, their food sources, and other animals around them.
First of all, bringing back extinct species of animals will further human knowledge. While few records of prehistoric animals, including the wooly mammoth, have been recorded, reviving these long-extinct species of animals may help fill the empty spaces found in history textbooks. Finally, humans may one-day be able to truly experience and accurately learn about the Earth’s past. Moreover, reviving these once-extinct species may solve the dilemmas of their modern-day descendents. For instance, the wooly mammoth is an example of a species of animal that is being brought back, or at least is being attempted to.
Supporters of de-extinction reason that by studying resurrected species first hand, scientists can learn the underlying causes of extinction and the role that humans played in the destruction of both the extinct species and their natural habitats. The idea is that researchers will be able to develop countermeasures that will restore the earth’s ecosystem to its original state.This counter argument is not valid, however, for two important reasons. According to Strayer, “First because we’ve been changing our world so rapidly, a de-extinguished species won’t be restored to its former ecosystem, but to a different, sometimes radically different ecosystem” (Strayer). This statement illustrates that the damage caused by humans may very likely have cumulative effects that have occured over many centuries; therefore, it is not reasonable to assume that all of these cumulative effects can be repaired by bringing back one species at a time. It would not be possible to recreate the exact circumstances of the earth’s ecosystems at a specific point in time because of differences in the role of species in the environment, the condition of the environment itself, and the present and future impacts of humans.
As for me, I would be disagreeing with the idea proposed. Mostly it is really related to the ethical issues and technical issues. There are some logistical and ethical questions arise and why the scientists should considered before go through with recreating extinct species. With the massive idea to create new mammoth, people argue on where they would live and if they would live comfortable and safe lives. Besides, with the decision to bring back mammoth to life, scientists should be prepared with what will the mammoths eat?
Nothing is wrong with bringing a terrifying hairy 6 ton mammoth back from the dead, right? I believe that raising extinct species from the dead is a dreadful idea. Many examples are from disease carriers to environment changing. To start, “Animal welfare: People could be exploiting animals for solely human purposes, and may cause individuals of the de-extinct species harm,” stated by Breanna Draxler author of 5 Reasons to Bring Back Extinct Animals (And 5 Reasons Not To). This was to shows how some of these animals would be hunted if they were come back to life.
In honors biology, we watched a film called Racing Extinction. In this film, we learned that humans are the main reason that species of plants and animals all over the Earth are becoming extinct at a rapidly fast speed. The men in the film showed statistics and images that were mind blowing, that I had absolutely no idea about. Humans are more destructive than we think, and we need to do something about it before it is too late. When most people think of the word “extinct”, they relate it to animals, instead of plants.
If the world today gave up hunting, wildlife would become non existent and animals would struggle to thrive due to disease and overpopulation. Outdoorsmen also gain plentiful amount of experience while hunting. They gain relationships, knowledge of the outdoors, and they maintain an old tradition and keep it alive and thriving. In the future hunting may become an even more pressing and controversial subject; however, we must do everything in our power to keep hunting alive. Hunting has a deeper meaning to some people and to take that away from them is in some ways inhumane.
People think that this will make the next generation perfect, this is not entirely true. If every single person in the world was perfect, technically no one would be perfect. No one would be perfect because everyone would be the same, which kills the strive for something even better, perfection. Also, scientists say that this can cure all diseases by removing a certain gene. Scientists actually could remove a gene which causes disease, but this could end up introducing a new, more powerful disease to the body.
Human science, whether it be in physics or medication, has been advancing at a breakneck pace for the last 200 years. We have already accomplished the unthinkable: split the atom, change the chemical composure of our planet forever, put a man on another celestial body and caused a mass extinction. Humans alone are responsible for the creation of species like the chicken and the dog. For a species that started out as small tribes scattered across the earth, exposed to the elements and forced to fight for resources, reaching the state that we are at right now is no small accomplishment. Currently, many of our race lives in comfort and safety, eating other animals without actually having to kill them.