The Business of Dog Cloning
Once Spot the dog has passed away, is he really gone? One Korea-based company is in the process of filling an order that will result in the world’s first commercially cloned dog.
A woman in California is paying $150,000 to have her dead pit bull-terrier –named Booger– cloned, according to a recent article in The Korea Times. The CEO of RNL Bio, a biomedical company performing the cloning, said while the company focuses on cloning “specialized” dogs such as narcotic detection dogs, they don’t refuse orders for pet dogs.
The article said the owner of Booger had preserved ear tissue in an American laboratory for more than a year in hopes of finding a company that would be able to clone her beloved dog.
According to the article, the company plans to have the clone delivered in February of next year.
Losing a pet is an extremely difficult thing to experience. I think all of us would want our pets to live forever, but it’s obviously not possible–and cloning doesn’t bring us any closer to making such a thing a reality. While a cloned dog may have the same physical traits of that dog you loved so much, but that sure as heck doesn’t mean they are going to have the same personality! No two people are exactly alike, and the same goes for animals. I just wonder what happens if the cloned pet doesn’t have those same habits or personality quirks as the “original.” What would the owner do in this case? That poor dog, who has no idea it’s a clone, may spend its whole life never being able to live up to what the owner expects.
It’s not fair to the owner of the dog, or the dog.