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Surprise! Not even a cat would pay $50,000 for a copy cat

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, October 12th, 2006 at 8:51 am in Cloned Cats.

It should come as no surprise to anyone, especially cats, that very few people are actually willing to plunk down $50,000 for a cloned copy of a dead cat. That’s why Genetic Savings & Clone, a biotechnology firm in Sausalito that sold cloned pets … make that "tried" to sell cloned pets … is going belly up. Since they opened to a lot of fanfare (mostly protests from yowling cats) in 2000, the firm has only sold two cloned cats to a couple of crazy mixed-up cat lovers.

According to a story in today’s Times by Associated Press Biotechnology Writer Paul Elias, the company sent out letters last month telling customers of plans to close the end of this year because of a lack of demand for their artificial kitties. Duh!

"It’s no surprise the demand for cloned pets is basically nonexistent, and we are very pleased that Genetic Savings & Clone’s attempt to run a cloning pet store was a spectacular flop," said Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States, in the AP story. "It’s not just a bad business venture, but also an operation grounded on the misuse of animals."

My cats, Tut and Newman, and I couldn’t agree more.

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5 Responses to “Surprise! Not even a cat would pay $50,000 for a copy cat”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    You know Gary, it amazes me that there were even 2 people insane enough to go the cloning route. I still believe that while (maybe) the physical body can be cloned, NO ONE can duplicate a temperament that is forged out of years of love & trust. I have no doubt that my pets would NOT be the same if they had not shared their lifetimes with me. (Nor would mine be the same if I hadn’t been lucky enough to share it with them & the many before them.)

    Pat (Ember, Mandy, Calle, Bob & Penelope)
    in Antioch

  2. Gary Says:

    That’s EXACTLY why they only sold two cloned cats. And, quite frankly, I’m amazed they sold that many. There’s no way ANYBODY can clone all those good years you spend with a pet. That’s what makes them so special.

  3. Mike "troll" Dame Says:

    bummer welp i guess i can take my cat out of the freezer now;)
    im not surprised they folded the price was way too high for most of the eccentric folk who would go for cloneing their dearly departed pets

  4. Mike "troll" Dame Says:

    i totally agree with you guys youd only have a physical copy of your pet ready to raise n train all over again. no tellign if it woudl behave the same, the only reason i coudl see cloneign a pet woudl be to fill the emptyness of loseing it and well thats seems kinda twisted and unhealthy to me.

  5. Pat in Antioch Says:

    getting that cat out of the freezer just in time for the Thanksgiving turkey, huh, Mike?? Your posts always make me smile!!


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