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Zoo Animals, Livestock, and Pets, Oh MY! An Exploration of the Ethics of Captive Breeding

By Colleen McArdle

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What is captive breeding? Captive breeding is a mode of breeding in which humans decide which animals will be parents and arrange reproduction for purposes that we define. Zoos have used it as a conservation strategy in the United States since the 1960’s, but it is also used to breed animals for food, produce pets for companionship, and create lab animals for research institutions (“Captive Breeding Success”). While some of our goals for breeding in captivity may be laudable, such as breeding animals for conservation purposes or producing pets that we will treat as members of the family, some of the methods employed in captive breeding are ethically questionable.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2015
Pages 93
Publisher DePauw University
Location of Publication Greencastle, Indiana
URL http://scholarship.depauw.edu/studentresearch/26/
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals in culture
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Breeding
  5. Ethics
  6. Farm animals
  7. Food animals
  8. Health
  9. Livestock
  10. Pet ownership
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Zoo and captive wild animals
  13. Zoos