For centuries, people in the West have marveled at the delicate beauty produced by Oriental plant artists and sculptors. Who has not been stricken with the expressive grace of a Japanese Bonsai? Both foot-binding and head-binding were practiced in the Far East, for the purpose of miniaturizing the feet and shaping the head into attractive shapes. But what happens when we not only play God with the physical aspects of organisms, but the genetic make-up of them as well?
Let me paint you a picture. You have a Dalmatian…or a St Bernard…or a Rottweiler…or a Husky…all four of these breeds are considered to be large bodied dog breeds. So what happens when these breeds are “made” to be small? Can you picture a St. Bernard a third of its size…never to grow into the stately, slobbering beast that we know it as? Or a Rottweiler that was meant to be an A-class Schutzhund working dog, in miniature form, yapping like a Havanese? Oh dear…and a sleigh-pulling Husky, that would maximum be able to pull a matchbox, instead of the sleigh that it excels at as a breed?