• SplashJackson
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    3 months ago

    I saw a nutjiub once protesting selective breeding, calling it ‘Eugenics for Plants and Animals’, saying we should all return to the planet.

    He returned to the planet pretty fast after I pushed him in a well.

    Source: Entirely made up

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      3 months ago

      I’m all for selectively breeding crops. It’s selectively breeding animals where it gets ethically murky for me.

      Should we be supporting the breeding of snub-nosed dog breeds, for instance, considering the respiratory issues they have? What about broiler chickens that can’t stand up and are prone to cardiac issues? What about egg-laying hens that commonly develop osteoporosis, egg yolk peritonitis, and cloacal prolapse? Cows bred to produce so much milk they display severe discomfort and are prone to mastitis?

      Like I said, the lines get blurred quite a bit when you have to also consider the health and comfort of animals.

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        3 months ago

        I think selective breeding of animals is just as bad as arranged marriage.

        Wait a minute, are selective breeding and arranged marriage the same thing?