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." http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/the_humane_society_of_the_11.html
My cats, Tut and Newman, and I couldn’t agree more.