With millions of dog’s euthanized each year because of the lack of homes why would anyone in their right mind spend $150,000 to clone a dog?? I admit that I love my dogs completely and unconditionally but when their time comes, hopefully in the very distant future, I will let them go peacefully and when the time is right I will seek to rescue a dog that is need of a home and love and family.

I understand pet loss and how devastating it can be. I am not attempting to minimize that in any way shape or form but there are so many dogs that so desperately need homes. One hundred and fifty thousand dollars could work miracles. There is just no way that I can condone this perversity!

A California woman, Bernann McKinney, is going to pay a Korean firm, RNL Bio to clone her dead pitbull. She saved some ear tissue and had it frozen and it’s from this tissue that the clone will be created.

“It seems that she has a disability and her dog helped her cope with the problem, so she was eager to get a clone of Booger,” RNL’s chief executive, Ra Jeong-chan said.

The dog, Booger, saved her life when she was attacked by another dog and lost her arm.

I do understand attachment to pets but there is no guarantees that a clone would actually even be the duplicate of the original.

But experts and campaigners… warned that the result of the process would not even be as closely related to the original as a non-identical twin. They said the process would also cause animal suffering, as some clones are born with physical defects and others fail to survive.

Professor Susan Rhind, director of veterinary teaching at Edinburgh University’s Royal (D
ick) School of Veterinary Studies, said she would advise pet owners not to consider cloning their animals.

“All sorts of abnormalities can occur and you are not going to get the same animal with the same temperament and the same features,” she said.

“It’s certainly not the same thing – not an identical twin or a non-identical twin.

“I’m sympathetic with people who psychologically are so attached to their pets, but I wouldn’t say that cloning is the solution.”

Dr Helen Wallace, of Genewatch UK, said: “We’re opposed to the cloning of animals for pets as it involves considerable suffering for the animals involved.

“Normally it takes a number of unsuccessful attempts before one embryo survives and is healthy, and the mother of the dogs and the embryos will suffer in the process.”(News.Scottsman.com)

Aside from this, there is also the moral and ethical controversies over cloning.

CEO of the firm expects of receive  about 500 orders for cloned pets from rich Americans this year and also anticipates the costs to drop to about $50K per.

I just cannot find anyway to reconcile this in my heart or mind.  This is wrong and there is no way anyone will ever be able to convince my otherwise.  So many dogs in desperate need and people with more money then sense.

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