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Animals, Like Humans, Should Not Be Cloned



One of the biggest issues being debated since a scientist successfully cloned a sheep is human cloning. People have been pondering whether cloning human beings is ethical, and, recently, President Clinton placed a ban on further experiments involving human cloning. "Human life is sacred, "he declared. Of course it is. It baffles me that there is so little respect for individual life that people are challenging Clinton's ban.

It disturbs me further that, while individuals justifiably question whether human cloning is ethical, few seem to question whether the cloning of animals, or the further experiments on animals that will likely follow the cloning, are ethical. Why do we consider human lives sacred and animal lives to be scientific machines? The lives of monkeys and sheep are as sacred to them as ours are to us. When will we incorporate a reverence for all sentient life into our scientific method? --Katja B. Hrones '97

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