Should you clone your dog? An animal rights perspective on somacloning

Authors
Citation
G. Varner, Should you clone your dog? An animal rights perspective on somacloning, ANIM WELFAR, 8(4), 1999, pp. 407-420
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences
Journal title
ANIMAL WELFARE
ISSN journal
0962-7286 → ACNP
Volume
8
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
407 - 420
Database
ISI
SICI code
0962-7286(199911)8:4<407:SYCYDA>2.0.ZU;2-7
Abstract
This paper uses the Missyplicity Project's detailed Code of Bioethics as a starting point for discussion of animal rights perspectives on cloning. Alt hough funded by a couple in order to clone their pet dog, the project has m ore important collateral goals and forms part of a general line of research that, if successful, promises enormous clinical benefits to humans. A particular type of animal rights perspective is described and used to eva luate this project. This perspective accepts a 'principle of axiological an thropocentrism' (PAA), according to which only human beings have certain in terests, or a kind of value, which is of pre-eminent moral significance. Th e best-known animal rights views (those of Singer and Regan) are shown to b e consistent with the PAA. This perspective, also denies that potential cha racteristics qualify, their possessors for the same type of moral respect a s actualized characteristics. The balancing of potential benefits against risks to research subjects is d iscussed and it ts concluded that, from the particular ethical perspective adopted in this paper, cloning research of this general type is not particu larly problematic; and given its stringent Code of Bioethics, only an aboli tionist perspective could condemn the Missyplicity Project in particular.