Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity, and the Future of by Carrie Friese
By Carrie Friese
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Thus, the two species have a history of cohabitation and hybridization. The difference between Florida panthers and Texas pumas is a biological artifact of social processes based on human intervention. What this case shows is that hybrids can be used to reanimate what was once in existence before human interference. But hybridization cannot to be used to create something new through human intervention. 17 The image of hybrids is thereby very much intertwined with domestic animals and domestication.
Debating Cloning >> 25 Chimeras pose a kind of classification conundrum to the biological definition of species, which in turn poses a set of problems for zoos that are engaged in species preservation. Species distinctness is crucial for the official classification of “endangered species,” which relies on the scientific division of different kinds of animals. 9 Counting as part of an “endangered species” matters because this official classification provides certain species with significant legal protections from physical harm.
Here are two examples: So how do they draw a distinction, then, between cloned animals of endangered species and domesticated dogs and cats, which are wards of human goodwill and interest? We’ve genetically modified them down the ages, albeit not by high tech means. But essentially you end up with the same thing. You end up with animals that are domesticated, and are there by virtue of our having taken over their genetic futures. Interview, Field conservationist (April 25, 2006) 40 << Debating Cloning For a while it was so popular and so sexy to do all these assisted reproductive technologies.