China’s Plans for Cloning Cats

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Opinion

With millions of animals in need of homes, why clone pets?

A Chinese company with offices in California, Sinogene, announced today that it plans to begin cloning cats en masse. Their target market? You and me… and everyone else that is grieving the loss of a beloved pet. They’re already cloning dogs and plan on expanding beyond dogs and cats to horses as well.

How similar are the clones?

The clones are similar only in looks. Their personality and memories will be different from the cloned cats. But Sinogene feels that they can “fix” the personality issue through the use of artificial intelligence.

Is this okay?

I guess the market will decide, but personally, I think this is a terrible idea for a variety of reasons. For one, the world doesn’t need more cats. Millions are homeless and euthanized each year. Ethical issues abound with the humane treatment of pets and creating them in labs. The clones are implanted into adult dogs and cats who live in a laboratory and are surrogates for the clones. And then the idea of adding in artificial intelligence? Sounds like a script for a really creepy movie – it’s hard to believe this is actually happening.

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I lost my beloved 16-year old cat at the end of July. He was one-in-million… and he’ll remain that way. No cloning for us, and that’s our opinion. What’s yours? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Comments

  1. Julia

    What a terrible idea. We are all finite beings on this earth and should remain so. You grieve when you lose a loved one whether or not it is a human loved one or a beloved furbaby. Saving a homeless cat from the elements, diseases etc they are at risk from, getting, providing a loveing and safe environment is the choice we should all choose!

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    • Lauren

      Thanks Julia! I agree… this just doesn’t seem right.

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  2. Ray

    Cloning your cat, or anything, is pretty messed up. There are already a lot of cats that need homes and it’s just selfish for us to make a duplicate for our own selfish needs. It’s even worse that they’re trying to “fix” their personalities on top of that. Overall it’s just a bad idea.

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  3. Nabi

    That’s gross! I would never want a bootleg copy of someone that means a lot to me. LOL!

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  4. Kimberly

    I learned Barbara Streisand cloned her Bichon dog twice. And she even said their personalities are totally different. Those dogs all look the same anyway. So I am sure she gave some company twenty grand and they just gave her some random Bichon because she is too dumb to know the difference. The whole point of someone loving a certain pet in a specific way is their personality not their look so if you don’t get that personality then you are a complete idiot for cloning for a look because you can just find another that looks the same. Besides pure logic, cloning is completely immoral and the stupidest thing I ever heard of especially for cats.

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    • Lauren

      Thanks Kimberly! I agree… and to me, the most disturbing aspect is the attempt to alter the personality through artificial intelligence. I think it’s ethically and morally wrong to do that.

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  5. Vanessa Burelli

    Cloning is bad enough but including AI , a sci-fi movie waiting to happen. What if the AI goes rogue? Decides to attack humans. Cloning will decrease the gene pool. Thus more genetically caused diseases will appear. Especially if it’s a clone of a clone.

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