Cloning Endangered Animals

by Ron Carmen

Saving Endangered Species

There are currently laws against killing endangered animals and efforts are being made to save the existing species. However, these are not very effective, because clearly the number of organisms in most endangered species are dwindling. Our only option is to create more so a species can endure. This can be done effectively through cloning of organisms in the species.

Advantages of cloning

Cloning allows for the creation of offspring even if there are only a few organisms left in the species. Also, many clones can be created at a time, so the number of organisms will vastly increase and create a self-sustaining population. Therefore, less effort needs to be spent on sustaining the population, since the population can sustain itself.

Disadvantages of cloning

One problem with cloning most of a population is it limits genetic diversity. Evolution and differences among individual organisms will be unlikely. Another problem is that clones usually do not live as long as normal organisms, which means that the population as a whole would have health problems more frequently.

Animals That Can Be Saved Through Cloning

Economic Impacts

Protecting endangered wildlife is very expensive. There are laws being passed to protect them, which cost time and money. Rangers are hired to protect them and track down poachers, which costs a lot of money. And building conservations costs a lot of money. If the population is made self-sustaining, none of those things are necessary.