Is Everyone Really Equal?
Although we are part of a society which calls upon equality as a necessity, we are hypocritical. We value only ourselves and tend to despise other beings—animals, plants, and the ecosystem. In the documentary, “Animal Pharm: Food for Thought” by Real Stories, the viewers experience the logistics behind genetic engineering, stem cell research, and cloning. This documentary shows the insolence and discrimination occurring in the core of humanity; the animals are being tortured, manipulated, and played-with for the benefit of humankind. Cows, chickens, pigs, and salmon are genetically enhanced to create better duplicates by corporations without the big businesses realizing the downsides of modifying genes.
The documentary begins with a sentimental approach to target the soft-side of the audience and display the cruelty being done to animals. The video hypnotically asks us to challenge and question if we, as humans, understand or can relate to such cruelty. These animals are subject to cruelty because corporations are taking genetic engineering to dangerous levels–endangering the original species that habituated the ecosystem. For example, if a genetically modified salmon was to shelter in the same place as a normal salmon, it would eat all their food; both species would be in competition. Since the genetically modified salmon are better duplicates of the original salmon, they would eat all the food. Therefore, we need to better thinkers and care for these mute species, who cannot stand up for themselves. In the video, the animals did not speak about their torture, but most audience members were able to understand this as discrimination to non-human species. The producers of the film want us to view the injustice to animals with a similar perspective; understand their emotions without being told through any sort of language. The goal of this video is to inform and help the human race understand that we are not alone on this planet and should respect that.
The controversial debate throughout the video is whether modifying early fetal genomes to perfection is ethical and safe. In unborn babies, genetically engineered genomes are permanently modified thus if a mutation were to occur at an off-target sequence, it can create unpredictable results and even kill patients. Not to mention, if the off-target mutated organisms were to breed, there would be a high possibility of the off-target mutation spreading. This can result in various problems, such as disturbing ecological environments, endangering other species, and monopolizing organic or heathy foods.
I think these capitalistic and greedy companies need to reconsider the genetic mutations. There are definitely many negative aspects of altering genes, which are being excluded on purpose. Big-brand corporations only care about money and typically destroy other aspects of life, whether that is plants or animals. Personally, I worry that we are headed towards this unforgiving path, and we may never return to a simplistic world. It is time for us to decide whether we want the originals or better duplicates of ourselves.
“Animal Pharm: Food For Thought – Real Stories.” YouTube. YouTube, 23 May 2015. Web. 01 July 2016.