Sir Lancelot Encore, cloned dogYou all remember when there was all the hoopla last year when dog cloning came out big in the news then in July the company, BioArts, auctioned off a few spots for people to have their dogs cloned?  Anyway, one Florida couple, the Ottos, was one of the “lucky” winners in the auction and they have just gotten their cloned puppy.

In January 2007 they lost their yellow lab, Lancelot, to cancer.  They froze some of his DNA, I guess just in case, and with that frozen DNA the firm cloned Lancelot and now they have a new Lancelot, Sir Lancelot Encore.

He’s a cute little guy as most all puppies are and they’re happy.  Guess that should really be the bottom line but is it?

Now, I’m not going to talk about the cost, which was $155K.  Seems the Mrs. sold off some jewelry to finance the cloning procedure.  Sure, I could say what a lot of people are saying that it’s too much money, that they could have donated it and done so much more or any of the other things I keep hearing and reading.  You could say something like that any time people spend huge wads of money on something we deem irresponsible or frivolous but the thing is, it was their money to do with as they chose.

My problem is the moral issues.  I’m not so worried about dog cloning being a step away from cloning people, I really don’t see that happening any time in the near future or even hopefully far future.  Sure it can happen but I doubt if anyone will give the okay for it to happen.  For me it’s more the sanctity of life and yes, even death.

If I lost one of my babies and had the bucks to do this, would I?  I am not going to lie and say I wouldn’t think twice about it but would I do it?  I don’t think so.  Sure, a clone would genetically the same but it would never be the same dog, the dog I love with all the quirks and mannerisms that make them them.

I think life, the preciousness of it, loses something when you know that you can just replace it.

I’m happy for the Ottos because you can just see how very happy and overjoyed they are but the whole cloning thing just raises too many moral questions for me.  What about you, what are your thoughts on the whole thing?

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