Would you clone your pet?

  1. This is a conundrum........I loved my boxer Oscar and I miss him terribly but I don't know if I could have cloned him, I would have looked at the clone and thought you're not real.

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23220359-12377,00.html

    Plan to clone woman's dead pet dog


    February 15, 2008

    A SOUTH Korean firm has received an order for what it said was the world's first commercial cloning of a pet dog - a request from a US woman to re-create her beloved late pitbull.

    RNL Bio is charging $US150,000 to clone the pitbull terrier for the California woman using tissue from her dead pet, named Booger, it said today in a statement.

    "It seems that she had a disability and her dog helped her cope with the problem, so she was eager to get a clone of Booger,'' the company's CEO, Ra Jeong-Chan, was quoted as telling the Korea Times.

    "There are many people who want to clone their pet dogs in Western countries even at this high price.''

    The cloning will be conducted by Seoul National University while RNL Bio looks after the business side. Ra said he expects up to 500 orders within a few years from rich pet lovers in the United States and elsewhere.

    A Seoul National University (SNU) team created the world's first cloned dog, an Afghan hound named Snuppy, on a non-commercial basis in 2005.

    "Since then, no other teams have ever succeeded in cloning dogs. This will mark the first time that a dog is being cloned in a commercial contract,'' said RNL Bio marketing director Cho Seong-Ryul.

    He said Booger's owner had refrigerated some of its ear tissue. Cells were extracted from this and inserted into ova which were then implanted into eight *****es.

    Cho said the success rate for producing dogs by cloning in South Korea was already high, as one out of every four surrogate mother dogs producing cloned puppies.

    "The cost for cloning a dog may come down to less than 50,000 dollars as cloning is becoming an industry,'' he added.

    The SNU's feat in creating the world's first cloned dog was underestimated at the time because of the team's links to a disgraced stem cell scientist, Hwang Woo-Suk.

    Hwang, once hailed as a national hero before a university inquiry ruled that part of his work was fake, is on trial for embezzlement and fake research.

    The government has banned Hwang from research using human eggs after his claims that he created the first human stem cells through cloning were ruled bogus in January 2006.

    SNU researchers last summer signed an initial deal with the customs service to clone drug-sniffing dogs.
     
  2. Never, a cloned dog will never have the same personality and mannerisms of the "original"...the dog would just be a copy. Getting another pitbull should have been satisfactory for this woman...maybe in her mind she truly believes she is bringing her baby back to life.:s
     
  3. Never. As much as I love my pets...I would NEVER mess with nature in that way. Just seems wrong IMHO
     
  4. Exactly, its environment does a lot to determine disposition. I remember seeing a cloned cat and the cat didn't even look like the original cat it was cloned from because factors in the womb can determine the colouring as well !
     
  5. for that kind of money, it's really not that serious.

    It won't be the same. It's not going to be THAT pet that passed on....

    It's like a replica bag, might look alike but it really isn't. Everyone on TPF can agree..
     
  6. I agree with everyone. It's not the same dog!! I find it really sad and desperate. :sad:
     
  7. No way!
     
  8. no way even if i can afford it...:yes:
     
  9. Never. That's too creepy. As much as I miss my dog I would never have had her cloned.
     
  10. I wouldn't even if I could pay for it. It just doesn't seem right. Not too long ago there was a special on some channel about people and what they do for their pets. One of the pet owners on it talked about how when her dog died she couldn't cope with him not being there with her so she had his body stuffed. So now she has her stuffed dog laying on her sofa. I thought it was so creepy to have your deceased dog just laying there with glass eyes and all.
     
  11. As much as I have joked about having my beloved kitty cloned who passed away this summer... I agree with all the other no's, and with the personnality comments. You may have a pet that looks the same but an entirely different disposition.
     
  12. No. The lady needs to learn to let go the natural way, because the clone is a different dog, with its own personality and soul. It will form its own experiences and memories.
     
  13. There are so many naturally born dogs and cats out there who are dying for love... I can't imagine cloning them.

    I love my dog to bits and pieces and yes... I would be devastated if anything were to happen to her, but I wouldn't have her cloned even if they offered me for free. It wouldn't be her anyway... it would be a Min Pin who just happened to look like her.
     
  14. Nope. I'm like everyone else, I love my dogs dearly, I even like the cats I am stuck with, but no way would I do this. When my dog's times come, I'm out to the shelters and FindApet and rescues to get another rescue. I love to see the different little things dogs and cats do that is unique to them, that's why I went and studied Animal Behaviours!
     
  15. Sorry to be the odd one out but yes I would, if I could afford it. I once had a very special cat that died very young and suddenly I still do not know to this day why this cat had such an effect on me but I have never got over lossing him. I have loss 3 cats since from either cancer or old age and was devastated each and every time but came to terms with it and then went to a rescue society to give another, sometimes 1 or 2 cats a home. I still have 6 cats and a dog that I love to pieces and dread the day when anything happens to any of them.:heart: