This Couple Just Spent $100,000 To Clone Their Dog Who Died Of Cancer

Andrea A.
4/1/2016

Laura Jacques and Richard Remde, a British couple, have recently used a South Korean service to clone their dog, Dylan, 12 days after his death.https://twitter.com/DailySabah/status/681097274966052864?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwA very controversial company, Sooamoffers a commercial cloning service for$100,000 US dollars, roughly £67,000. Sooam has already privately clones over 700 dogs, since this type of cloning is yet to be forbidden by the law.Dylan, who died of cancer when he was 8 years old, is the first dog to be cloned after such a time following his death,the former limit was fixed at 5 days.

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The puppy from the cloning process, who was carried and given birth to by a surrogate mother, has been named Chance. His DNA is completely the same asDylan's.

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Laura Jacques told thethe Guardian:

I’m trying to get my head round the fact that this puppy has 100% of the same DNA as Dylan. It’s quite confusing but I’m telling myself that Chance is just like one of Dylan’s puppies.

Explaining her reasoning for the cloning process, Lauraadded:

I had had Dylan since he was a puppy. I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world..
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The RSPCA admitted their concerns over the ethics ofdog cloning:

The techniques used to create genetically altered (GA) and cloned animals have huge potential to cause pain, suffering, distress and lasting harm to animals. The techniques used are very inefficient - for every animal successfully created, up to one hundred others will have lost their lives.

Although we can all understand the great suffering felt when we lose a beloved dog,we know that the cloning of dogs is not the right answer.Dogs are not products to be re-made and bought off shelves. Think of all the thousands of lives of dogs in rescue shelters, just waiting to be given a second chance at life. And if they don't find a home, they are often euthanised because of a lack of space.Keep them in mind - adopt, don't clone!

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