Imagine this scenario: your beloved pooch died of old age or severe, incurable disease. Loving him so much that if given the chance, you would like to bring him back to life. To give him all the love, care and everything he deserves. That would be a great thing, to have the chance to be with your four-legged companion again, but what if I tell you that there is a way to bring them back? A way to be with them for the second time around? I know you would likely to do it. But this will come at a high price with the uncertainty that you will still have the same rover that you used to love.
Pet cloning is an expensive way to bring back your pooch to the land of the living, sort of. For a hefty amount, you can create a copy of your beloved pet. But don’t be surprised if you will get an unexpected result from it. Unexpected in a way that there is no guarantee. That the clone will be identical to your beloved pooch, much fewer acts like it.
Cloning technology has been around for a long time, and it is evident in the food that we eat. Most vegetables and fruit products that we have, especially bananas, apples, peaches, and potatoes are just clones of the original fruit. Cloning helps the food industry by meeting the number of products the market needs. We are familiar with Dolly the sheep, right? Are we ready to do that to our beloved pet? Are we ready to accept that they are the incarnation of your dog? Although no matter how we treat it, it is not him anymore but a different dog.
Cloning involves a lot of science and things that most of us are not familiar with. So let’s leave it to the experts. What we are about to delve into now is its implication to us, especially the ethical part of it.
Nature Versus Nurture
Of course, nothing can beat the result of the natural process of producing an organism – for this example a dog. From natural birth and the natural way of growing up compared to an organism made from artificial means. Cloned animals are not born in huge vats of liquids as what we saw in science fiction movies. Just like their natural counterparts, after they grow to a certain stage, they are introduced to a surrogate mother which will raise them as normal animals do. The process of how they were born is the only difference.
Pros and Cons of Dog Cloning
Just like anything, there are always advantages and disadvantages to cloning your dog. For one, you will have a dog with the same genetic makeup as your previous dog. Also, the idea of having the same dog biologically to the one you have before will ease up with your grief. Relieving and preserving their memory, although it is still a unique individual, you will have more emotional continuity to it compared to getting another dog.
The disadvantage of cloning usually hits the ethical side of nature. It defies the strong ethical belief that all organisms, especially animals, should be conceived by natural means and not artificially. Also, as I have said earlier, you might get the same dog since it is made out of the former dog’s DNA. But there will be slight variations to it from coloration and markings to body size. in which it can alter the resemblance to the former. Cloning also is not a thing that we have perfected yet, which usually leads to a 95% fail rate. Which also hits the ethical side of nature due to failed attempts in creating one and is deemed to be an unreliable mode of reproduction in animals. Cloned animals are also reported to have a shorter lifespan and have long term health defects such as cancer.
At the end of the day, it is still up to the owner if he or she would like to do that to her beloved pooch. It is either they choose to spend a hefty amount of money on a procedure that doesn’t give certainty that you will have the same dog just like before. Or move on, get a memento of your deceased companion – a pic or something that will remind you of him, taxidermy too is an option. And get another dog who will become the successor of your adored pet.