We Can’t Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon: The Ethics of Deception Around De-extinction

Ethics, Policy and Environment 20 (1):33-37 (2017)
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There is much hype around the idea of bringing the Passenger Pigeon back from extinction. However, ‘de-extinction’ is a fantasy that is not grounded in science. The proposed plans for ‘de-extinction’ would create a new organism that is not likely to be viable in the wild. Thus, ‘de-extinction’ as proposed is unethical both because it could lead into the release in nature of a new genetically created organism and because it is not honest to claim that it would reverse the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.



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