Genetically modified animals crown core

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Professor Thorn Core Section 12 27 October 2005 A New Kind of Animal Abuse Understanding the Moral Perspectives of Genetically Modifying Animals When watching anthropomorphic Disney movies, most people feel extreme sorrow when a good character dies. For example, when watching Disney’s The Lion King , nearly everyone I know gets choked up when Simba’s father, Mufasa, is killed. Why is it that so many people feel sorrow for these fictitious cartoon characters, but find it acceptable in reality to selfishly exploit, alter, and abuse animals solely to benefit mankind? A possible explanation is that since the animals in movies have the same characteristics as humans, viewers are influenced in a different way than just a regular animal dying. This possibility illustrates that humans have different standards of how their own species should be treated since they find it acceptable to mistreat other creatures. When has it become admissible to bring animals major suffering and pain? The new factory farming methods established in the past century have paved the way for the current and dreadful animal treatment practices. Although many people are indifferent to the changes taking place with this new form of animal treatment, there are also a great number of people fighting for animal liberation. Two writers, Bernard E. Rollin and David E. Cooper, both want the suffering of animals to end. Rollin illustrates his belief that genetically altering animals is a possible answer in his excerpt “On Telos and Genetic Engineering.” Cooper, on the other hand, demonstrates in his passage “Intervention, Humility, and Animal Integrity” that altering animals is a “new wrong” done to animals. To further expand upon my ethical concerns behind genetically modifying animals and 1
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current animal treatment, the writings of both Rollin and Cooper need to be explored and compared. In Rollin’s piece “On Telos and Genetic Engineering,” improving the animal’s well-being is the focal point. Rollin discusses the concept of an animal’s “ telos ,” which he defines as meeting the needs and interests of animals in order for them to live happy lives and benefit from human interactions. When it comes to this concept, I agree with Rollin wholeheartedly, since the relationship between animals and humans should be mutually beneficial. Rollin states that “if we are to use animals for food, they should live reasonably happy lives…where they are allowed to fulfill their interests dictated by their telos ” (p.191). Since animals have been domesticated over time and are now unable to survive without human care, I believe it is our moral duty to
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course CRWN 80A taught by Professor Thorn during the Fall '05 term at UCSC.

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