Selective breeding in a form of man-made evolution but there is a massive difference. Natural selection does not 'care' what a particular species looks like or what attributes it has. It is simply a process where beneficial mutations naturally mean those populations with the mutation produce more offspring than those that don't have it. Selective breeding involves choosing desirable characteristics that have nothing to do with enhancing reproduction.<quoted text> Isn't the breeding of fancy dogs and horses somewhat of a man-made imitation of evolution, by picking out the ones with the characteristics they want to emphasize?
Obviously if there were a way to ensure that mutations were designed to enhance the quality of life of animals and reduce their suffering it would be hard to argue that the 'natural way is better'. But would we have the beauty and diversity we now see?< I think who breeds with whom - whether in the animal or human kingdom - is a better way to "evolve" than through accidents, potentially, but not necessarily. Hitler's methods proving how evil that could be in the wrong hands.