Breeding and Reproductive Technologies
Breeding is inherent in the keeping of animals, because it is the animal keeper who, to some extent, determines which animals will produce offspring. ‘Breeding’ is the selection and mating of animals for the purpose of changing the characteristics of the next generation to better correspond to a breeding goal formulated by humans.
Breeding is therefore beneficial to people, but it is not always in the interest of the involved animals. Breeding, therefore, raises ethical concerns. It requires interests to be weighed: interests of human and animal welfare; interests of climate, biodiversity and food supply; and economic interests – in other words, sustainability. For detailed information you will find attached the full report.