A growing number of rich people are resorting to science to duplicate their favorite dog or cat. They may not, however, be identical in all ways.
Creepy? That's a big aspersion. It's a cloned pet! Sure, it's creepy. It's like a Charlie Kaufman flick.
So, thank heavens this is a fringe technology doomed to fail. That's true. Viagen Pets & Equine, a Texas-based cloning company, reports cloning "more pets every year."
Isn't that prohibitive? Yes, for most. Viagen will clone your cat for over $30,000 (£23,000). It's £38,000 for a dog. A clone of your horse will cost you £65,000. Plus, you know, whatever the current moral penalty of playing God is.
Clearly, this isn't for all. Not quite. Maybe that's why it's so easy to mock. Everyone would do it if you could clone your dogs for £5 at Superdrug.
Would you? No way, I'd adopt a shelter pet for my soul.
That's unjust. What if your cherished pet died unexpectedly? I suppose I'd pay a premium for science to develop a genetic replica of my dog, proving to the world that I can't bear even a moment of loss.
Yes! I'm joking. Like a normal person, I'd bury my pet and mourn his loss.
Then there's Barbra Streisand. Streisand starred in two films. You should never use her as a judge.
It's all up to them. Except that animal rights groups think cloned pets are more prone to disease, which seems cruel to the animal. It's not even a full copy.
What? Of course not. However, a large part of a pet's personality comes from its upbringing and environment. You can't foresee your new pet's personality, even if it has your DNA.
Yikes. Exactly. Imagine spending a year's income on a dog that looks like your old dog but is a jerk. So what?
Clone myself and hope Replica Me can take care of it. That's it.
“My hamster died.”
Don't say, "Let me introduce you to pet shops."