Ethical Issues in Livestock Cloning
Author: Thompson, P.B.
Source: Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Volume 11, Number 3, 1999 , pp. 197-217(21)
Abstract:Although cloning may eventually become an important technology for livestock production, four ethical issues must be addressed before the practice becomes widespread. First, researchers must establish that the procedure is not detrimental to the health or well-being of affected animals. Second, animal research institutions should evaluate the net social benefits to livestock producers by weighing the benefits to producers against the opportunity cost of research capacity lost to biomedical projects. Third, scientists should consider the indirect effects of cloning research on the larger ethical issues surrounding human cloning. Finally, the market structure for products of cloned animals should protect individual choice, and should recognize that many individuals find the prospect of cloning (or consuming cloned animals) repugnant. Analysis of these four issues is complicated by spurious arguments alleging that cloning will have a negative impact on environment and genetic diversity.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1360, USA E-mail: email@example.com
Publication date: January 1, 1999