The Dignity of Diminished Animals: Species Norms and Engineering to Improve Welfare

@article{SchultzBergin2017TheDO,
  title={The Dignity of Diminished Animals: Species Norms and Engineering to Improve Welfare},
  author={Marcus Schultz-Bergin},
  journal={Ethical Theory and Moral Practice},
  year={2017},
  volume={20},
  pages={843-856}
}
The meteoric rise of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology has ignited discussions of engineering agricultural animals to improve their welfare. While some have proposed enhancing animals, for instance by engineering for disease resistance, others have suggested we might diminish animals to improve their welfare. By reducing or eliminating species-typical capacities, the expression of which is frustrated under current conditions, animal diminishment could reduce or eliminate the suffering that… 
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