Would You Clone Your Pet If You Could?
How much do you love your dog? Enough to have it cloned?Playlist
One company is called MyFriendAgain.com and they use the patents issued when Dolly the sheep became the first successfully-cloned animal. Originally, the company hired a South Korean scientist to create three clones of their personal family dog, Missy. The three puppies – born to three different mothers - are perfect genetic copies. Although, fur coloring and size are influenced by conditions in the womb – so they look a bit different. This company only clones dogs. Another company is called ViagenPets.com. Their costs are the same - but they can do cats and dogs.
But is it moral to clone pets? Critics point out that it’s cruel. Vets have to operate on three dogs to clone a puppy – the DNA donor – if it’s still alive - the egg donor, and the surrogate mother. Only one in four implanted embryos survive to term – though supporters say that’s about the same success rate as conventional dog breeders. There’s also no guarantee that the cloned dogs will have the same temperament or personality as the original. So they won’t be just like your late, beloved cat or dog. The Humane Society says it's irresponsible to duplicate an animal when we're euthanizing millions of happy, health pets simply because there aren't enough homes for them. Your thoughts? Would you clone your pet if you had an extra $50-grand?