I vote no
Kelly aka Macy's Momma
Personally...I wouldn't. I was sad when we had to have Jack euthanized. We sooo wanted to hold onto him longer but without his passing we may not have ended up with Tank when we did. As sad as loosing a beloved pet can be, it usually opens up the heart to love another one later.
I vote no
Kelly aka Macy's Momma
wow, it's interesting to see how this will develop and if it will be a common practice in the future. To think a computer was 30000 dlls when they started and the size of an entire room, now you can get one for 300 dlls and some are teeny tiny and everybody has one.. I am curious to see what will be the common practice in 10 years.. It is scary to me, I wonder about of the soul of those beings.
I agree @hoegaandit - The spirit of the animal is what makes them so special to us - but you can't replicate that. I used to think that I'd clone Mable - because she was so special to me - but I realize now that I'd not be doing the clone any favors. I'd be expecting a replica - and that's not possible. Now I have the opportunity to develop that same special relationship with two additional souls.
this really seems to be a hot button topic. dont think it will ever be resolved im sure.
I am old and old-fashioned, but I would not mess with mother nature that way!
It took me a while to join in this conversation when it is something that really interests me because I had to really think about it.
What threw me off is that it seems like the thread - as attributed to a lot of the responses given so far - look at cloning as getting an exact replica. This is not the scientific objective or expected outcome of cloning. Cloning is merely another process of "procreation" with the added qualification that it is an exact genetic match just like an Identical Twin. The difference between an Identical Twin and a Clone is that an Identical Twin is 2 siblings of the exact same genetic signature while a Clone is 2 non-siblings with the same genetic signature (I'm referring to the somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning method - just like the sheep Dolly, or popularized by the book and movie Boys from Brazil).
But, just like Identical Twins grow up to be 2 unique individuals - even sporting unique, albeit closely similar, fingerprints - so will the clone! The only thing making clones stand out is that both donor and clone would look super closely the same much as Identical Twins would. Everything else follows the same pattern of unique gene expression (hence different fingerprints). So that, even if we go beyond dogs and go to cloning humans because we really want another President Barrack Obama, you shouldn't be surprised if you end up with an allergy-laden, asthmatic, athritic, black man who can't dribble a basketball asking customers, "Do you want fries with that?" in a Southern drawl.
So, the question is not whether we want the exact same dog (immortal dog?) - because we won't. The question is whether we find the process of cloning as an ethical alternative to breeding.
My position is not firm on this. I usually deposit ethical questions to my Christian foundation and there's nothing in it that supports cloning and at the same time, there is nothing on it that opposes it.
In a situation where we want to preserve an endangered species or we want an alternative to farming for food consumption I don't see any ethical reason not to add cloning to the list of viable alternatives. When it comes to breeding dogs for a pet, I don't know. We haven't yet solved responsible traditional breeding methods with all the terrible breeders out there, I would hate to add another aspect to breeding that can be easily mis-used.
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Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011
I love Linus more than any human should love an animal. I think he's the most wonderful dog I've ever and probably will ever share my life with...that said, I wouldn't have him cloned. It would be important to me to love my future pets for who they are - not be disappointed in them for who they're not.
**I love my other doggies too but Linus has always been special to me. Yes, I play favorites.**
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
Bentley (5.24.04 - 6.26.10) & Linus (1.10.06 - 7.31.13)
I wouldn't either, well for the reason of trying to bring Moe back, because I know that his personality is unique.
I do see a possible application for this though... what if cloning became very affordable? I know it is a common worry about the health issues associated with irresponsible breeding... what if you could get an affordable cloned Bully from a proven genetically healthy Bully? Would that change your mind about cloning?
I'm with some of you, in I would not clone. You may get a look alike, but will never get the same personality or the sweet heart you had. I will just keep them in my heart.
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