In my fictional world, magic is rampant. One branch of magic focuses specifically on creating artificial life based on the blueprints of extant beings. Though it may be 'artificial', even a team of medically trained professionals could not tell the difference between a naturally birthed creature (any creature) and a magically concocted one. All you need is the instructions, the magical components ('ingredients' you collect from killing beings), and sufficient training and attunement to this branch of magic.
My question is this: what does this do to the perceived value of life?
I'm not asking about the greedy sorts that would do anything for a buck. Nor am I asking about the pacifist types that think every bear and treant just needs a hug. I mean the average Joe.
If you learn that killing can bring about life (not to mention the meat, the pelts, the alchemical ingredients, and the obvious income that comes from all of this), is killing viewed the way we view it today?
The only limitation is that you cannot imbue them with personalities or memories. So you aren't 'bringing people back from the dead', you are creating new life from scratch.
When a being is created, they are 'born'. So a cat created would be a day old kitten, a dog created would be a day old puppy, etc. The natural instincts are the same, the learning curves are the same, the 'preprogrammed' reactions are all identical, as if they were just birthed naturally.
Let me give a few examples of why I believe life would be less valued.
A woman is declared barren (she cannot get pregnant, or cannot bring a pregnancy to term and therefore live birth). Her husband comforts her by going to a local mage and crafting a child for them to raise as their own.
A man kills his neighbours child (accident or not, it's irrelevant). The case is brought to a judge, and the man offers to have a new child crafted to replace the child already lost.
A goat farmer is getting sick and tired of that wolf pack always attacking his herd. So he takes the ingredients from the leftover goats to the mage and has him create a pack of guard dogs he can raise. He teaches the dogs to fight off anything that comes near his goats, other than the farmer, of course.
Is life valued as it was? Or is a life worth only the ingredients needed to create a new one?