Roars of outrage at move to allow wildlife genetic tweaks

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Roars of outrage at move to allow wildlife genetic tweaks

Animal Improvement Act set to permit the ‘improvement’ of species such as rhinos and lions

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Wildlife scientists have urged the government to pull the plug on a controversial “animal re-engineering” drive, which permits breeding animals with bigger horns and changing their coat colour.

Last year, then agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana published an amendment to the Animal Improvement Act (AIA), which regulates the genetic improvement of predominantly domesticated stock through farming.

Critics say that under the amendment, the collection of semen, embryos and other genetic material, artificial insemination, as well as the import and export of such materials is permitted by licensed breeders, which would enable them to create genetically manipulated animals in addition to breeding rarities and colour variants...

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