The issue of cloning brings with it a myriad of moral dilemmas, and one stark dilemma has come to light in the news recently.
A group of Spanish scientists are going to attempt to clone a bucardo, a type of Ibex that was deemed extinct at the turn of the century. It seems cells were harvested from the last known living bucardo before she died,and now the Centre for Research and Food Technology of Aragon (CITA) in Zaragoza is going to analyze the cells for viability for a second attempt to clone the animal. One prior attempt to clone the animal was made in 2003, but the calf died soon after birth.
The dilemma? The project is being funded by a group called the Aragon Hunting Federation. The group has not made public its reasons for sponsoring a project like this, but there is some speculation they desire to preserve their ability to hunt animals with abandon.
After all, who could object to their killing animals such as elephants, tigers, or bucardo, if their group continued to ensure the animals’ existence here on earth?
Herein lies the dilemma. Is it acceptable to clone an animal for the sole purpose of killing them?
What are the implications for cloning an animal Mother Nature has deemed she cannot currently care for?
And consider how cloning of animals could take canned hunts to the next level with laboratories cloning all sorts of extinct animals for hunters. If you’ve got enough money, you could theoretically kill a saber tooth tiger, or Dodo, or even a dinosaur. Are we as a species willing to accept this sort of behavior as appropriate?
What are your thoughts about the cloning of the bucardo and of the group funding the project?