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Dogs Need Rehoming, Not Cloning!

Millions of dogs are abandoned and in need of good homesNews of Britain’s first cloned dog – a dachshund named “mini Winnie”, born at a total cost of £60,000 – has been splashed across the newspapers this week.

Many people find the idea of creating a clone of a loved one pretty disturbing, and there are serious scientific and ethical arguments against cloning, too.

First, the cloning process is experimental, with a low success rate – between 0 and 20 per cent. The first team that managed to clone a dog had a success rate of two dogs out of 123. For every animal successfully cloned, many others have died somewhere along the way – deaths that were completely unnecessary, often in distressing laboratory conditions.

Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows the grief can be overwhelming, but replicating an adored dog or cat, even if it is successful, can only replicate genetic material. Just as fraternal twins are different people, cloned animals will also have personalities that are different from the original ones. As cloning scientist Sir Ian Wilmut put it: “Owners will be disappointed”.

Moreover, various studies have shown that cloned animals generally have a weak immune system, high rates of infection, increased incidence of tumour growth and disorders, high morbidity and mortality rates, and a poor survival rate of foetuses.

Every year, millions of homeless animals are euthanised because of a lack of suitable homes. More unfortunate animals are abandoned to fend for themselves on the streets and are often subjected to cruelty or succumb to starvation, diseases or injuries The best tribute that anyone can pay to an animal companion who has passed away is to give a happy future to one or two animals who are already on this Earth, equally deserving of love and desperately in need of a home.

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  1. […] Earth, equally deserving of love and desperately in need of a home.</p> <a href=”http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/04/dogs-need-rehoming-not-cloning/”>Dogs Need Rehoming, Not […]

  2. avatar Neil says:

    i total agree ..why pay for a pet to be cloned when theres other dogs looking for a new home !! its like some one paying £500 – £1000 for a dog out of the paper
    u could find the same pet in dog kennels for less its all about greed

  3. avatar Claire Rafferty says:

    Completely unbelievable. There are so many animal needing homes. It’s disgraceful and unethical. These scientist should be making the world a better place rather than extorting the rich to clone their pets.

  4. avatar Jean Bill says:

    What a waste of money! That money could of helped so many dogs!

  5. avatar Kelly says:

    Its just wrong full stop

  6. avatar Carol Gardner says:

    No cloning please there are lots of dogs without homes leave your lived ones memiry to go on after they die but not the body. Rehome a homeless dog you can love another and another dog will live you deserves

  7. avatar Gulnar says:

    Poor animals, they shood rest in peace. And we as those who care about our pets, should give a chance to another pets who are homeless

  8. avatar Jimmy says:

    Fraternal twins are not genetically identical, do you mean identical twins peta?
    So many of these articles need a good proofread.

  9. avatar imogene martyn says:

    when my dogs had to be put to sleep after they suffered so much pain. I wanted to do many things , I have so much pain. but im glad I stood by my promise to myself.& gave them peace, ihope. BUT TO CLONE IS NOT JUST SICK TO THE MEMORY OF THE BELOVED, TO CLONE THE DOG? TO GO THROUGH IT ALL AGAIN, WHO KNOWS IF THE MIND WOULD REMEMBER & SCREAM. I ALSO WOULD NEVER WANT TO SEE A MEMORY OF MY POOR DOGS LIKE THAT AGAIN.. SPENT YOUR MONEY ON HELPING THESE POOR ANIMALS. WHO HAVE NO ONE, I REHOMED A DOG & HE RESCURED ME, I LOVE THEM ALL.

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