Ethical Implications of Animal Biotechnology: Considerations for Animal Welfare Decision Making

Issue Papers - IP46 - June 2010
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Part 9, “ANIMAL AGRICULTURE’S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY.” Animal biotechnology, which includes both genetic engineering and mammalian cloning, has expanded rapidly in recent decades. These technologies already have been applied in biomedical research and now are nearing application within the food system. This paper from CAST (IP 46) reviews animal biotechnology techniques, discusses related key ethical issues, evaluates religious views and traditions regarding animal biotechnology, summarizes public opinion research on the topic, and evaluates the challenges and opportunities for the ethical development of agricultural animal biotechnology. (Keywords: Biotechnology, GMO, animal production, genetic engineering, GE) Chair: Paul B. Thompson, Professor of Philosophy, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics and Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

IP46, June 2010, 16 pp. Available free online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).

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Task Force Chair

Paul Thompson

Task Force Author(s)

Fuller Bazer
Edna Einsiedel
Margaret Riley

Task Force Reviewers

R. Burkhardt
Gail Golab
Carol Keefer
George Seidel, Jr.

Task Force Board Liaison

Alan Bell
Dale Layfield
David Scarfe
Lyle Vogel

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