While people are in constant pursuit of ways to improve and advance the quality of human life, some activities in the field of genetics face scrutiny from many advocacy groups because they are seenas violating fundamental environmental and ethical principles. Human cloning is one area of genetic engineering that has ignited intense debates. Below are some environmental and ethical argumentsagainst human cloning.
Human cloning violates the precautionary principle
A foundation of environmentalism, the precautionary principle requires that people must consider the consequences of theiractions before they carry them out. The genetic engineering field is infamous for some of the unintended and unforeseen effects of genetic modification, such as the Bt corn’s harmful effects on the Monarchbutterfly. Environmentalists and ethicists also fear that the lack of regulation in genetic engineering opens the door to human cloning.
Human cloning does not respect nature
Whileenvironmentalists hold on to an ethic of respect for the natural world and endeavor to exhibit the interdependence of humans and nature, human cloning proponents embrace the virtues of "re-making Eden" or "enhancing"what the natural world has provided us. If we allow human cloning, then all other species can be genetically modified. This is clearly going against the course of nature.
Human cloning does notensure diversity and ecosystem survival
Contrary to popular beliefs, human cloning does not ensure diversity and ecosystem survival. It represents a major shift in human’s relationship with nature.Cloning is a break from the natural process of evolution, which is known to strengthen species and improves their survival instincts through diversity.
Human cloning deepens an alienation that cultivatesdestructive behavior toward our ecosystem. For example, why protect the environment when scientists could perpetuate cloned trophy specimens in zoos?
Human cloning is a cruel and unsafe experiment...
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