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Should we engage in De-Extinction?

Scientists are close to being able to bring back extinct animals though the use of well preserved samples and cross breeding with existing species.  Is this an activity that we should be engaged in?

 

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Yes, we should bring back extinct animals

No, we should leave extinct animals extinct

Human Penance

We as human beings are responsible for the extinction of many species due to hunting and changing their environment.  Therefore we have a moral responsibility to bring back those species of animals.

Human Penance

Instead of bringing back extinct animals, we need to focus as a community on ensuring the health of existing species.  There are many species currently in danger of extinction and we need to focus on keeping them alive.

Habitat Selection

Any species that are brought back can be kept in zoos or released to the wild.  They will be in small numbers and will not be a burden to their environments.

Some animals may have a positive effect on the environment by performing functions which may have a postive effect on the ecosystem.

Habitat Selection

Before engaging in de-extinction, we need to review where the animals are going to live.  There are still many species of animals that are struggling against extinction due to lack of available habitat and if we bring back new species competition will make it harder on those animals still around today.

The re-introduction of species to an environment, even one that they lived in earlier, should be treated as the introduction of an invasive species.

   

Other Factors for Discussion

 An analysis may be better performed on a species by species basis.  Perhaps it is a good idea to bring back the passenger pigeon, but not the wolly mammoth.

 

De-Extinction

Should we engage in De-Extinction, and bring back extinct animals?

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Yes, but we should only follow our moral obligation to bring back animals that the human race drove to extinction.
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Undecided
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Yes, we should bring back every animal we can.
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No, it would not be appropriate to bring back any extinct species under any circumstance.
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No, we should first focus on ensuring that no currently living species go extinct.
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References

1.     The Brain Scoop: De-Extinction, Part Two: Yes, No, Maybe So? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbKtBLDRfwU

2.     http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_case_for_de-extinction_why_we_should_bring_back_the_woolly_mammoth/2721/

3.     http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_case_against_de-extinction_its_a_fascinating_but_dumb_idea/2726/

4.     http://www.ted.com/talks/stewart_brand_the_dawn_of_de_extinction_are_you_ready.html

5.     http://www.theguardian.com/environment/nature-up/2013/jun/07/deextinction-critics-scientific-american

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