Animal cloning is fast becoming the wave of the future. That is a scary thought, in my opinion. Not only are they cloning sheep, cats and dogs, now they are cloning horses.
As if we don’t have a big enough problem already with unwanted horses. Cases of abused horses and animal neglect are already on the rise, with the uncertainty of our economy. Now they want to create more, by cloning them.
According to a report on MSNBC, you can get your horse cloned at the tune of about $200,000. In my opinion, this is yet another way for the already rich to get even richer. They say, it’s being done to preserve the bloodlines, yeah right! Who wants to go to the races and see 10 Secretariats running against each other.
In animal cloning, they impregnate several different mares with the donor’s dna. You could end up having 15 or more clones. Just imagine for a moment. If the owner of Secretariat had him cloned for $200,000 and ended up with 10 clones. It’s mind-blowing to think about the money he would have made by selling or studding out the clones. Once again, the rich get richer.
A report done in Medical News Today cites another cloning operation charges over $350,000 and a 15% patent royalty fee based on the number of clones produced.
Horses are being abandoned in fields and on the streets right now, because the owners can no longer afford to keep them. Horse slaughter is running rampant and yet they create more.
The Humane Society took a great stand against horse cloning, citing that there has been an inordinately high failure rate, and, for the survivors, a wide range of medical complications and chronic health conditions.
I can’t help but wonder, what will happen to all the non-champion horses when cloning becomes an accepted practice. They won’t be able to compete with all the champions that will be produced.
At this point the Thoroughbred industry and the AQHA do not allow cloned horses to be registered. With any luck at all, they will stick to their guns. Hopefully they will see that this will end up hurting the horse industry in the long run.
Also, what will happen to all the prestigious breeders that are now breeding world champion bloodlines. Why would anyone want to go and pay big money for a horse that may or may not end up being a champion, when they could go out and by themselves a clone, and be sure they have a champion?
Animal cloning should have remained against the law, in my opinion. Thousand of animals loose their lives every year due to over population and abuse. It’s time we as humans took that fact into consideration and stop trying to play God!
What's Your Opinion?
I would like to know your opinion on the horse cloning procedure. Do you think it's ok, or do you think it's wrong?
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My Spirit is Sacred, My Body is My Temple, My Past Can't be Copied!
not the same!
Good and bad.
Wouldn't have thought twice
I disagree with cloning
Christie Nadel, RN
Even a clone can be different
How another donating to animal shelters and horse rescues to get the …
It's wrong all over
Can't Believe it.
Might be going out on a limb.....
It is in the sense you are messing with nature, but I read an article about a Floridian who cloned her unregistered, never amounted …
Cloning, what is the point?
You are wrong!!
What I Learned from the Quarter Horse Journal
Yes, the rich get richer
I think horse cloning/any animal cloning is good.
How interesting it would be to see Secretariat race again against Affirmed, Seattle Slew and Barbaro? You ask for an opinion but your biased …
Its not right!!
One Of A Kind
What about those whose horse is …
Cloning animals is morally WRONG !
Why does government have the say?
Horse cloning is wrong!
Why is there animal cloning?
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