First of all, thanks to all who chimed in on the inside or outside sock debate. Trivial as it may seem, I loved reading everyone’s comments and it just brings to light one more personal way we equestrians differentiate ourselves! Today’s discussion falls mostly in the world of science and ethics- all regarding a lost equine called the Quagga.
When I was a kid, I had this giant encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom, which was my favorite possession ever. At the back of that book, it had a section on extinct animals, including the Quagga. I basically memorized this encyclopedia front to back (so much so that my second grade teacher called me Capybara, for my random outbursts of facts on overlarge rodents) to the point where it had to be bound together with duct tape. But the Quagga especially became a cool idea to me, and I remember it popping up in my schoolwork- for instance “create a new animal day” in second grade was a pegasus quagga.
So I found this article on CNN fascinating- a project to recreate the quagga through selective breeding of certain zebras.
Can you imagine, a “new” species of equus, raised from the dead? Is it right for conservationists to try and return an extinct species to the earth? Is it OK if the project involves only breeding, and not cloning? Or should cloning be introduced to the project to right man’s wrong? Weigh in with your opinion!
For more information on the Quagga Project, visit their site here.