Would you clone your pet?

“I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way. It felt easier to let Sammie go if I knew I could keep some part of her alive, something that came from her DNA,” said Barbra Streisand in a frank and lengthy interview in Variety this week (March 2, 2018).

Apparently if you are rich enough and/or famous enough, you don’t need to experience grieving like the rest of the world. You just get yourself a clone of the deceased, and voila, life goes on…

Do I sound bitter? I am. No, not because I’m not rich and/or famous enough. No, I’m bitter because of people like Barbra Streisand who feel entitled to diminish the value of life by trying to cheat death.

I’ve given this a lot of thought. Tried very hard to understand the logic of it. Still came up empty. I don’t know about you, but for me each and every one of the pets who’ve owned me over the years, were each unique and so irreplaceable that the very idea of cloning one of them felt like…sacrilege.

Sadly this reminds me of people who divorce one spouse just to marry a look alike, soon to be divorced again. And the sick cycle continues…But that’s just me.

What’s your opinion?

8 Responses so far.

  1. Jeannie says:

    Besides the obvious—it’s simply too darned expensive as well as the creepiness factor—there are other factors. The personality of any animal, including humans, is determined by more than just genetics. How the animal is raised, the environment the animal lives in, interactions with others, training, diet, etc. all contribute to developing the personality. Precisely duplicating those conditions is impossible. Then there is the abysmal success rate of cloning.

    Another factor to consider is our own memories of the beloved pet. We tend to remember only the good memories and suppress the bad ones. Even if the cloned pet developed exactly as the original one (not going to happen, though), we would probably be disappointed by the reality of what went on while the pet was maturing, such as the damaged furniture and clothing items, failures during housebreaking, misbehavior, etc.

    We change as we age. What we value and enjoy changes over time. Even the clone was to mature into having the exact same personality as the original (again, not going to happen), we would probably not appreciate the clone as much as the we did the original due our own changes.

    Finally, even if we could produce a clone that was identical in every way, physically and in personality, to the original pet (still not going to happen), we would be cheating ourselves of the opportunity to meet and love a pet who is different from the ones we already have known and loved. The new pet may be “better” or “worse” but it’s those differences that enrichen our lives.

  2. Debbie Franko says:

    I agree with you, Maria. With all the rescue animals in our country, just waiting for a forever home, why would a person pay to have their pet cloned? I think it devalues the life of the pet who passed. I also think that rich people have too much time and money on their hands and they come up with the strangest ideas! Next, she will want to put herself and her pets in the chamber with Walt Disney and be thawed out in 100 years.

    • Jeannie says:

      I certainly would NOT want to be frozen and thawed out 100 years later. The world is already changing faster than I can keep up with; imagine how behind I would be 100 years from now? It would be like reviving a cavewoman frozen in time.

    • I tried never to tell people how to spend their money, although that’s a valid point…and yes, it diminishes the life/value of the deceased pet. Again, my opinion. I wish I could save every living thing…getting emotional…ciao.

  3. Pat Wade says:

    As others have pointed out, we could rescue so many for the sum spent to clone one animal. And, of course, it won’t be the same pet. The personality may be similar, but it won’t be the same. What a waste of resources that could be put to better use.