In an interesting reversal of opinion on the genetic engineering of animals, PETA today announced the results of an effort to create a more appealing breed of rat. The animal rights organization has been working with French scientists at the National Institute of Agronomic research (the same guys who developed a glow-in-the-dark rabbit), for the better part of a year on the project. The new breed of rat features a fluffy bunny-like tail; replacing the old, unappealing long pink tail.
“People are almost certain to be kinder to a tiny mammal with a powder-puff tail,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Not only would this pay off in cities that kill these animals with gut-wrenching poisons, it would also make it harder for lab assistants to force-feed toxic chemicals to them or for homeowners to watch them struggle in cruel glue traps.”
The hope is that once a viable population of rats with the dominant “fluffy tail” gene are created, they can be released to breed with rats in places like New York City, Los Angeles, and other major cities.
What do you think of PETA’s new rat? Are they on to something by creating cute versions of animals that we might not otherwise find attractive; and therefore, care less about? Or did they just blow your mind with the point of all this?
via PETA (Grin)