Do fish have rights? Do other animals have rights? Give examples in your answer.
Fish and other animals obviously don’t have the same rights as human beings but they 100 % deserve the right to not be harmed for no reason or be treated cruelly. There are laws that protect fish and other animals for a reason. Animals, including fish, all feel pain just like human beings do. If humans can’t be genetically engineered then animals shouldn’t be either.
Is genetically altering an animal wrong? How is it different from genetically altering a human being?
Genetically altering an animal is absurd, especially if it is for amusement purposes like the GloFish. The food industry has changed so much due to genetically modified foods and animals. There is a lot of controversy around GMOs, especially the fact that they are not labeled. Grocery stores in the U.S are filled with GMOs, which are banned in many other countries. They have not been proven safe for humans to consume. They say the purpose of GMOs are to feed our population at cheap prices, but why are they banned in other countries? I believe that genetically modifying anything for consumption or amusement purposes is wrong. Genetically modifying a human being would be a lot more extreme.
Assess the ‘playing God’ argument. Do you agree or disagree with it?
Everything on this planet was created for a reason. There is a complete natural cycle of life and the creation of genetically engineered animals disrupts that. I do not believe that anyone should have the right to create a genetically modified animal or plant. I think the saying ‘playing God’ means that something is being created that has never existed before. I strongly disagree with genetic engineering. No organism should be changed or created unnaturally. It’s just not right.
Does the fact the GloFish were designed for amusement not for some higher purpose, make a moral difference? What would constitute higher purposes?
I think that it does make a moral difference because they do not have a higher purpose. The higher purpose for genetically modifying food that we eat is to feed a large population at cheap prices. The purpose for GloFish are only for entertainment. The fact that they could be a danger to the environment makes it even worse. They should definitely stop making GloFish.
MULTI-MEDIA: Include a picture of a creature that you do not think have any ‘rights’ and should not be included into our moral considerations. Explain why you selected it.