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Should Bulldogs Be Genetically Altered ?
There are two ways to control the physical composition of a canine or any other animal. One is genetic modification, where gene sequences are edited to achieve certain physical traits. The other is breeding, where two subjects are interbred for a combination of traits from both.
Unfortunately, sometimes advancement of certain traits involves inbreeding, often resulting in various health problems. The biggest victim of inbreeding is the bulldog, often suffering from breathing problems, heart troubles and impaired vision. That is why the Humane Society of the United States wants to genetically re-engineer the bulldog. Suggested modifications include a bigger snout, wider hips, fewer skin folds, a longer tail and a leaner build.
Of course, genetic modification is far from the post popular practice with the general public. Not only would bulldogs lose their unique look, but there are sure to be numerous protests if such a process were to be undertaken.
Even though genetic engineering certainly grabs a lot of headlines, a lot of people consider unnatural breeding to be every bit as cruel as gene alteration, so modifying bulldog genes just might be the best way to make these dogs healthier.
Written by: Denis Ivanov
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