An American paid $50,000 to a South Korean company for clones of her dead but beloved pit bull.
According to an Associated Press story by Hyung-jin Kim, five cloned puppies were created by Seoul-based RNL Bio. The company charges up to $150,000 for dog cloning but will receive just $50,000 from Bernann McKinney because she is the first customer and helped with publicity.
The procedure is drawing criticism from animal rights groups that oppose cloning pets. They say it can lead to malformed offspring and exploitation of surrogates and egg donors, as well as unfounded claims that the new animal is an exact copy of the original.
“It’s fraught with animal welfare concerns and it does not bring back a loved one,” said Martin Stephens, vice president for animal research issues at The Humane Society of the United States in Washington. “A dead animal’s DNA does not guarantee the offspring will be identical to the deceased. It takes more than just genes to create an animal.”
As the man says, taking a skin cell from your dead but beloved pit bull and fusing it with an egg cell from another dog to create an embryo which is implanted into a surrogate mother dog isn’t going to bring back your dead but beloved pit bull. All you get is a bunch of puppies that are genetically identical to the skin cell donor. Puppies that may or may not even look like your dead but beloved pit bull.
The things that turned your pit bull into a beloved pit bull named Booger — his attitude and his personality — can’t be cloned.
If you just want a dog that looks like your old dead but beloved pit bull, you might as well visit the local pound every day until you find one. It will be a heck of a lot cheaper than $50,000!
And at the present time, when millions of pets have to be killed every year because there’s no one to adopt them, it would also be the moral thing to do. /Gary
Read the whole AP story about the cloning of Booger: