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Should the sale of genetically modified food be banned?
Genetic modification of animals is unethical.
From a religious
on ethics, manipulating DNA is playing with life itself. Humanity should not interfere with God's creation and the natural order of things.
Animals that are genetically modified often experience pain and distress.
Animals are sentient beings. Making them subject to genetic modification for the purpose of increasing meat and animal product yields is unethical.
If genetically modified animals are released into the wild or accidentally escape, they could hurt the development of their wild counterparts.
The manipulation of animals purely for human need is disrespectful to animals and the planet. Treatment of animals merely as human property demonstrates the lack of respect or value given to nature and other living creatures.
Genetically modified animals are not in any meaningful sense different to animals produced using selective breeding. The creation of either type of animal involves the sequential modification of genetic material to create new breeds of animal that humans find desirable.
Even if we accept the ethical concern for the sake of argument, this only justifies banning GM animals, not plants. The vast majority of genetically modified food we consume is plant based.
Random mutations and evolution are both processes that modify the genetic make up of animals.
If the animals experience no less happiness because of the modification, then it is not unethical.
Genetic modification of animals can be ethically justified if it improves the quality of life of human beings.
Genetically modifying livestock so that they don't feel pain is a viable alternative to veganism for reducing animal suffering.
Genetically modifying animals to prevent them being prone to
It is ethical to genetically modify farmed animals so that they cause less harm to the environment.