Cloning of Animals in Genetic Research: Ethical and Religious Issues

Abstract

There are major ethical and religious objections to the cloning of animals in genetic research. Chief among these are the violation of the intrinsic worth of animals, the use of animals as though they had only an instrumentalist value and, not least of all, the substantial harm caused to individual sentients.

Keywords: cloning; ethics; theology; sentiency; animal welfare; animal rights; utilitarianism; instrumentalism

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Linzey, Andrew, and Barsam, Ara(Sep 2006) Cloning of Animals in Genetic Research: Ethical and Religious Issues. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005658]