Target: National Science Foundation Director France A. Cordova
Goal: Stop the cloning of extinct animals.
Once again the debate on cloning extinct animals, particularly the woolly mammoth, has come up in scientific discussions. The biggest question that is on everyone’s mind is should we do it? As the technology to make this happen is fast approaching, scientists have to wrangle with the morality of bringing back animals that have been dead. However, many experts argue that bringing back extinct animals will spell disaster for animals that are currently alive. As funding is spent to bring these animals back and build them habitats, it will place added stress on animals still trying to live. As humans are tackling climate change, it would be extremely irresponsible for scientists to bring extinct species back to life. If you believe that our priorities should be toward animals who are currently alive and suffering, sign this petition and tell the Director of the National Science Foundation France A. Cordova not to clone extinct animals.
Many children wish that dinosaurs could be resurrected. The popularity of this phenomenon is evident in the Jurassic Park series, where tourists attend a theme park filled with dinosaurs. However, while Hollywood can replicate these massive creatures on the big screen, scientists are only beginning to understand the basics of cloning. Dolly the Sheep is the most well-known clone, but scientists are having trouble bringing the dead back to life. And if the dead are brought back, there is a plethora of other concerns that scientists will have to contend with like morality and the sustainability of other species.
Experts are worried that if the woolly mammoth and the saber tooth tiger were brought back it would create more pressure and attention toward bringing back extinct species instead of focusing on current endangered species. Polar bears, elephants, tigers, rhinos and plenty of other animals are already endangered, yet scientists are still pushing for cloning technology.
There is also the issue of where these cloned animals would be placed. Some scientists think that woolly mammoths would be placed back in arctic zones, where they would help normalize the ecology of the land. Others speculate that these resurrected extinct species would be placed in exhibits, much like what is done in the Jurassic Park series. These animals would not be living in a natural habitat, but rather be placed in a cage for humans to study and observe.
Our animals, the ones that are living today, shouldn’t be ignored to create more species. Humans need to spend their time admiring the present instead of focusing on the past. Tell Director France Cordova that our energy and time should be spent on saving the species of today instead of bringing back the dead.
Dear Director France Cordova,
I find it deeply concerning that scientists wish to bring the dead back to life. I understand that many people are fascinated with bringing back dinosaurs or the woolly mammoth, but cloning of this kind is not sustainable or ethical. There are many species currently living today that are threatened or endangered. Some have already gone extinct in the past two or three centuries and this is because of humans. Everyone, including scientists, has a responsibility to keep the planet and its animals healthy.
By resurrecting extinct species, we are placing other animals at risk of disappearing. We also do not have the space or climate for many of these extinct animals. Some will probably be placed in exhibits for the public to see, which is not ethical or moral. Please do not support the resurrection of extinct species, and instead fight for the survival of today’s animals.
[Your Name Here]
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