A noble undertaking to be sure. Were it not for the simple fact that Science has not , for the most part, respected the right of creatures to exist in an environment that is suitable for their rightful existence. Science and mankind alike have, for the most part, considered only it’s pleasure and curiosity where animals are concerned. They have neither respected their lives nor their habitats. Always putting their selfish needs before anything else.
Which leads one to wonder as to the why of this undertaking? I would venture to say it is all for the greater glory of their Scientific careers. They nether care nor are concerned with the well being or happiness of any of these creatures. The proof is in the lack of impetus where pollution, experimental animal research and deforestation are concerned. Just look at the palm oil plantations flourishing at the expense of the Orangutang , the bees and pollinators dying off due to GMO’s. The Whale, porpoise and a long list of sea life. The endless list of animals that are endangered, being poached and savaged on a daily basis, and then there is always the commercialization of the creatures. Aquariums for profit, Zoos that confine these poor animals to cages or concrete pens in many cases in environments that are completely alien and detrimental to the species. Exotic animals captured and sold for the highest dollar to people who think they are pretty and since they have the money why not ? Of course if they can afford it they want what no one else has, regardless of the morality of such a desire. Avarice and social standing know no limits to satiating these desires
A lesser bird of paradise flaunts his flank plumes to entice females.
Who cares what these poor creatures had to endure to make it to that pet shop or dealer. The only thing that matters is they got what they wanted , the animal be damned. After all it is just an animal isn’t it ?
Let’s not forget the Circus, animals taken from their mothers at a young age that are savagely beaten and traumatized to conform for the amusement of those willing to pay for the entertainment and for the profit of those unethical beasts that mistreat and terrorize them on a daily basis. Their suffering is of no consequence and trivial to those who want to possess them.
In light of the cruelty and callousness with which humanity has treated the creatures of this planet, I would venture to say they are better off as a part of history than part of the next series of experiments for the glory of greedy and soulless enterprises.
On Friday at a National Geographic sponsored TEDx conference, scientists met in Washington, D.C. to discuss which animals we should bring back from extinction. They also discussed the how, why, and ethics of doing so.They called it “de-extinction.”
There are a few guidelines for which ancient species are considered, and sadly, dinosaurs are so long dead they aren’t in the picture. Their DNA has long ago degraded, so researchers are fairly sure that Jurassic Park will never happen.
But there are plenty of other animals on the table. The list of candidates is actually pretty long, considering.
Tasmanian tiger (Extinct since 1936)
Tasmania Tigers were hunted by humans to extinction
Woolly Mammoth (Extinct for ~10,000 years)
Dodo Bird (Extinct since ~1681)
Stellar’s Sea Cow (Extinct since 1768)
Passenger Pigeon (Extinct since 1914)
Stuffed passenger pigeon on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Bubal Hartebeest (Extinct since ~1954)
Javan Tiger (Extinct since ~1970s)
Zanzibar leopard (Extinct since ~1990s)
Pyrenean Ibex (Extinct since 2000)
Western Black Rhino (Extinct 2011)
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The intimate animal portraits, which feature everything from a featherless chicken to a pair of affectionate chimpanzees, are meant to illuminate the similarities between animal poses, gestures, and gazes, and our own.
Photographing animals on a set, as opposed to in their natural habitat comes with a unique set of challenges.
“You can never predict an animal’s mood,” Flach says on his website. “So you have to plan beforehand to get what you want.” To make the animals feel as comfortable as possible, Flach may adjust the temperature of the studio or play music.
A chimpanzee affectionately cradles its child.
- Scientists Want To Bring 24 Animals Back From Extinction (businessinsider.com)
- Scientists clone extinct frog that gives birth from its mouth (gizmag.com)
- Freakish Mouth-Birthing Frog Brought Back From the Dead (animalnewyork.com)
- ‘De-Extinction’ Of Woolly Mammoth and Other Ancient Animals Could Become Reality, Scientists Say (jtm71.wordpress.com)
- Scientists clone extinct frog – Jurassic Park here we come? (guardian.co.uk)
- Reviving the Woolly Mammoth: Will De-Extinction Become Reality? (livescience.com)
- The science of ‘de-extinction’: Can cloning bring extinct animals back to life? (metro.co.uk)
- ‘De-Extinction’ Of Woolly Mammoth & Other Ancient Animals Could Be Possible, Scientists Say (huffingtonpost.com)
- For the first time, scientists have grown the embryos of an extinct species (io9.com)
- Reversing Extinction Through DNA Manipulation (tested.com)