Definitions for "Artificial selection"
the selective breeding of domestic plants and animals for desired traits
selective breeding to perpetuate desirable traits.
is practiced by breeders of various kinds of domestic animals, with matings set up to meet criteria of the breeders rather than in response to behavioral cues or survival requirements. Reluctant individuals may be forcibly bred, unhealthy or unsound animals given sufficient veterinary support to enable them to breed, and offspring removed from incompetent mothers for hand-rearing.