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AllanfromWales1 t1_j9jfm4o wrote

Interested in your take on the extreme vegans who want to see all carnivorous / omnivorous animals genetically modified to become herbivores to prevent animal cruelty.


nationalgeographic t1_j9l4gj1 wrote

I'm a bit of a purist, I think. I trust (?) evolution, in some sense, and don't think that we should be meddling with it on a broad scale. If we're really giving such thoughts the time of day...history has shown time and again that humans can't possibly understand all of the complex and nuanced ecological connections on our planet. Not-fully-informed meddling with ecologies- such as non-native species management - has already done quite a bit of harm. Furthermore, without carnivores, there are many obvious ways that our ecosystems would be completely thrown out of balance (i.e., imagine what happens when the planet is overrun by herbivores who are eating all of the vegetation).