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#1    Disinterested


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Posted 10 February 2005 - 06:57 PM

California considers ban on pet cloning

Thursday, February 10, 2005 Posted: 9:44 AM EST (1444 GMT)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- A California lawmaker said on Wednesday he would introduce a bill this week to ban sales of cloned pets, a move that could end a California company's plans to replicate beloved domestic animals.

A ban is necessary because the technology is unregulated and animal shelters are filled to capacity with potential pets, Assembly Member Lloyd Levine said in an interview.

"If you were to use animals for experiments, for agriculture, for all sorts of things, there are all sorts of regulations ... Who knows what's going to happen if these things get released into the wild?" Levine said.

The proposal follows the first pet cloning last year from Sausalito, California-based Genetic Savings & Clone Inc., which charges $50,000 to clone a cat.

The company in December revealed it had cloned a cat -- named Little Nicky after its progenitor Nicky -- for a client in Texas.

"Why do we need to pay $50,000 for a cat?" Levine said. "We're not banning legitimate scientific research. We're simply banning the exploitation of vulnerable people."

The privately held company says it has four other cat clones in various stages of production and is developing a dog cloning service.

"The proposed ban is based on myths and science fiction and would neither improve animal welfare nor serve the interests of consumers," said Ben Carlson, a spokesman for Genetic Savings & Clone. "I have the impression Levine is pandering to animal rights advocates."

Source: CNN.com

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:15 PM

Talk about science fiction coming to the real world. I never thought i'd see a ban on cloned pets!

But i'm glad they're taking steps. There's already thousands of homeless pets needing homes for starters we don't need to be cloning more. Plus, why worry about your pets health? If it dies, just clone it!

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:16 PM

I hope that if the poor wee things were ever released, that they would attack and seriously hurt the people who cloned them.

Cloning is very very wrong when animals are used, what good does it do?


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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:32 PM

The idea is that rich folks who's only companion die can get that companion back. So they're happy and don't have to mourn or buy a new pet.

But it's ridiculous of course, all they would get back was an animal that looked somewhat like their old one, since the body is cloned, not the personality.

Wow, i never thought i'd have this conversation. What an age.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:39 PM

laugh.gif at Burnide!  Today's current events truly *are* yesterday's science fiction, aren't they!

Having had some very special animals myself, I can understand the desire to clone them when they're gone and therefore seem to beat death, but I also understand that it doesn't really work like that.  And with the shelters full and hundreds of animals being euthanized every day there is simply no excuse to exacerbate the population problem.  This legislation is entirely appropriate and I hope it passes quickly.

Funny how the cloning company guy dismissed the lawmaker as "pandering to animal rights advocates".  I'm SURE the guy doesn't support animal cloning because he's making a lot of money at it!

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:49 PM

i think that cloning must be regulated, no prohibited. That technique is to "sensible" to be used in comercial industrie like the pet cloning. And speaking of sci-fi, one thing i have concerns of the cloning industrie, is the use of human cloning for fun, like clone slave and such. I remember in the Appleseed comic, when the ESWAT make a raid in the IUSA (Imperial United States of America) embassy on France and found the sex toys of the naval inteligence advisor there.

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I don't think any of these "The Vague Society of Nebulous Meanies are going to take over the world and light up a planet" theories worry too much about practical considerations like that. It's all about rousing ill-informed, paranoiac fear, not making sense.


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