Animal engineering

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In this lesson, students will consider the impact that new advances in the field of genetic engineering, cloning and selective breeding have on animals and the consequences for animal welfare. This lesson could follow Passion or compassion? and/or What are the issues?

Curriculum objectives

Students should learn:

  • to consider why animals are engineered, what they are used for and what the animal welfare concerns are
  • to consider examples of genetically-engineered, cloned and selectively-bred animals, and to examine animal use and the reasons for this research
  • to consider in detail one example of a genetically-engineered animal and discuss the costs (harms) to animals and potential benefits to humans.

Animal welfare objectives

Students should learn:

  • to consider the impact that animal engineering has on animal health and welfare
  • to consider the ethical and moral issues that arise as a result of animal engineering.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this lesson:

  • most students will: understand that animals are engineered by humans for use in medical, commercial and basic research, and that this research will have costs to animals and may have benefit to humans
  • some students have not made so much progress and: are able to state examples of animals that have been genetically engineered, cloned and selectively bred
  • some students have progressed further and: can consider and reflect on their own attitudes towards animal engineering and the ethical issues involved.