2008-08-15 / Letters

Why Clone When You Can Adopt?

Dear Editor,

An item in the news caught my attention today, as I'm sure it did millions of others. A woman had her beloved (dead) pit bull "Booger" cloned in a Seoul, South Korea Laboratory. She successfully added five new pit bull pups to the world's population.

My concern is not with the moral issues of cloning itself. This debate has enough champions on all sides of the issue.

What truly breaks my heart is that as well intentioned as Ms. McKinney may be in wanting to duplicate her beloved lost pet, one only has to take a walk down the endless corridors of cages in our local shelters to see hundreds of pit bulls who desperately need a home. Most of them are doomed for lethal injection. Contrary to much popular opinion, this is a wonderful sweet breed of dog. They are smart, loyal, energetic and funny. Unfortunately, there are sadistic idiots out there making a living on fighting dogs. Sad to say, quite of few of them live in Rockaway! So, our shelters are full of these pups.

McKinney could have done a much greater service to herself and to the breed if, instead of cloning her pet, she spent the tens of thousands of dollars it took her to do so on those poor, abandoned dogs on death row. I would have cried with joy to hear that she saved any one of them, let alone any five.

Let's not forget too, that more than 300 dogs were used in an invasive way as egg donors, and more than 200 dogs were used as surrogates to house those eggs in order for Boogers five clones to be created. That's right. In order for McKinney to add these five pups to her home in California, more than 500 mixed breed dogs have been doomed to live their lives in "service" inside cages at this Seoul laboratory.

What is good about cloning (with it's many possibilities to help and cure disease) its sure to be over-shadowed by the ugly business of using animals for a laboratory to earn a profit.

By the way, McKinney was given a sizeable discount by the laboratory for the cloning process. The usual fee of $150,000 was reduced to $50,000 because McKinney promised the lab a ton of publicity in the United States. Yep, that's right! They are banking on you, wanting you to do the same thing. I beg anyone reading this to let McKinney know how appalling her actions are by making room in your heart and your home for an abandoned shelter animal. You don't have to be an ethical genius to figure that dog cloning is just plain wrong.


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