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Would it be ethical with modern technology re introduce extinct animals back into reality ?
Just like in Jurassic park. I don't necessarily mean dinosaurs but other creatures that have become extinct over the years.
asked in Ethics, Wildlife, Animals

vultan answers:

Why would it be unethical? Why shouldn't mammoths etc live again? I can't see that it does any harm to anyone's ethics, although they should probably be kept away from modern eco-systems until someone's figured out what effect they'd have on them.

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wumpus answers:

If I were engaged in that particular field, I'd be out there gathering DNA from as many endangered species as possible.

There is already talk of re-introducing the Tasmanian Tiger back into the world.

And a Russian team has been extracting DNA from a wooly mammoth frozen into the Siberian ice around 12,000 years ago.

Why shouldn't these animals be brought back?
As long as the precautions to protect them and other animals, I don't have a problem with that.

The only argument I can see against it is that large corporations might take over the products of the technology, and exploit them horrendously for profit.

For instance, a selfish hunter might pay a lot of money to shoot a Sabre Toothed Tiger. I would hate for such magnificent creatures to be resurrected and then bred for such a diabolical purpose.

If creatures are to be brought back like this, it should be for the good of all, not just a few.

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Messerwisser answers:

If it can be done without danger for us and pain or suffering for the animal I see no reason why it should be unethical.

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robinsamuels answers:

If they have been made extinct by man's actions, then I think it's only fair that we do what we can to bring them back.

On the other hand, if natural selection got rid of them, bringing them back is akin to jumping in a time machine and messing with history. You don't really know what might happen.

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Are we not too busy making ourselves extinct to have the arrogance to believe that we can manipulate the natural world in this way?

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moonzero2 answers:

It may be possible to do this from animals that can be sampled in the wild.

where there are only limited samples the probvlem of establishing a big enough gene pool to have the reintroduced species self sustaining.

That is without the problem of poachers etc.

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xoloriib answers:

For the sake of doing it to prove that it could be done might be interesting. To bring them back to reintroduce them is an entirely different idea though. From what I've seen of species introduced where they have no natural predators I would say it would be a big mistake. You only have to look at the cane toad to see what a disaster it could turn into.

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Maygs answers:

Evolution did not favour them so no, I don't think it would be "ethical" to bring them back as they would simply die out again as the environment does not deem them with the resources they would need to survive.

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Arellia answers:

Ethically I think its fine to bring them back. However people need to find out what made them go extinct in the first place - ie are they able to survive in today's climate and other conditions. Another thing is do we know what food they eat what is their relationship in the predator prey cycle etc. You don't want to upset the balance to the ecology where you reintroduce them without knowing these things.
Realistically I think it will be difficult to do. I think the technology to so called "bring them back to life" is almost possible and wouldn't be the biggest challenge. The bigger challenge is to actually reintroduce them to the wild. Animals reared in captivity even when almost everything is know about them are difficult to put back into the wild so imagine the situation of animals we know almost nothing about.

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UntamedAngel answers:

I don't know lol, I guess how others said about reasons they became extinct in the first place need to be looked into first else it'd just happen again. Also you have to think about safety factors for them and those around. Who are we really to say what stays, goes and comes back? We all know what'd happen if they were re-introduced.... They'd become like a living museum, for people's amusements, rather than being re-introduced to the wild. Is that a fair thing to do to an animal? Even if they were bred to put back into the wild, they'd be so so rare that to some it would seem irresistable to capture them for fur etc.

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