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Won’t somebody please think of the mammoths? De-extinction and animal welfare

Browning, Heather ORCID: 0000-0003-1554-7052 (2019) Won’t somebody please think of the mammoths? De-extinction and animal welfare. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 31 (6). 785 - 803. ISSN 1187-7863

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10806-018-9755-2


De-extinction is the process through which extinct species can be brought back into existence. Although these projects have the potential to cause great harm to animal welfare, discussion on issues surrounding de-extinction have focussed primarily on other issues. In this paper, I examine the potential types of welfare harm that can arise through de-extinction programs, including problems with cloning, captive rearing and re-introduction. I argue that welfare harm should be an important consideration when making decisions on de-extinction projects. Though most of the proposed benefits of these projects are insufficient to outweigh the current potential welfare harm, these problems may be overcome with further development of the technology and careful selection of appropriate species as de-extinction candidates.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Springer Nature B.V.
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 13:06
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 18:03

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