The process of xenotransplantation raises many ethical issues. How far are we as humans willing to go to save a human
life? Is it fair to interfere with lives of millions of animals just to prolong ours? Would the transplantation of the organs
of a different species question our complete humanity?
Some religions around the world have accepted the basic principle of xenotransplantation with the condtition that
no unnecessary animal suffering is experienced. People also believe that altering the genetics of a pig is exactly life artificial
selection which people have been doing for centuries with dog breeds and horses to benefit ourselves. It would be no different
to alter the genetics of a pig to benefit people in the medical field as well.
Other people diagree with the principle of xenotransplantation simply based on their concern for the well-being of
animals. It is also an ethical issue when it comes to the alteration of the genetics of animals to suit the needs of a human
body. Animals were made with different genetic make-up for our protection and that tampering with genetics will eventually
lead to terrible repercussions. Concerning the topic of artificial selection, people argue that evolution has no direction,
it is unpredictable. For humans to control life is inappropriate and is like 'playing God.' As time goes on, attitudes towards
xenotransplantation may change because of the changes of society.