Improving Animals, Improving Humans: Transpositions and Comparisons

  • Florence Burgat
Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)


Animal improvement and human improvement do not have the same status, nor do they have the same goal. Human improvement supposedly aims to increase the wellbeing and health of individuals by acting on their appearance, their mental or physical capacities, their emotional state, in ways the subject desires, with a view to what they consider to be a better life. The objective of animal improvement has never been to make the life and well-being of animals better; it is rather to improve the characteristics of animals that are useful to humans. These points are explored by retracing the main stages of animal improvement in France since the 18th century and its present aims as determined by the law on breeding of 28 December 1966.


Genetic Improvement Human Enhancement Trap Nest Human Improvement Bovine Breed 
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