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post #1 of 49 Old 01-17-2012, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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I personally do not like the idea of cloning. I know it can have advantages, but IMO its just something that will end up falling into the wrong hands and someday, some thing very, very bad will result.

I was just reading the latest blog entry on Fugly Horse of the Day and it only makes me dislike cloning even more. I was watchng Animal Planet last week and they had a show about people who were getting their deceased pets cloned by a company in Korea. Puts a bad taste in my mouth....

What do you all think? Not just of cloning in the horse industry, but how the procedure is being used on a wider scale?
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post #2 of 49 Old 01-17-2012, 08:47 PM
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I'm thinking my dream of the Clone wars happening is fast approaching.
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I think in any aspect it is wrong. Especially if the animal is deceased. If you loved your animal so much, respect them and keep them in the ground. (No offense to anyone who believes in it.) Even clones can have different personalities. So you aren't really getting a "clone" of your animal. Just a look a like. Why spend a bunch of money on something that might not live for more then a year? Just my opinion on the thing. I don't think I could clone any of my animals, no matter how much I love them. Just isn't the same.
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My personal belief is that cloning is an abomination and shouldn't be allowed. PERIOD. We're already seeing instances where someone cloned a stallion who was sub-fertile due to the drugs used as a showing youngster, and there was every effort made to keep it secret. Makes you wonder if ANY of the foals by the original were actually sired by him.

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I think it's kinda creepy. Charmayne James had her champion gelding Scamper cloned. Never heard how that turned out.
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Personally, I feel that none of us know enough about the science to decide if it is right or wrong. As for cloning your own deceased pet, I think it is harsh to judge someone who would do it. Everyone grieves differently.
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Scamper is still alive but doesn't race anymore.
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post #8 of 49 Old 01-18-2012, 09:49 AM
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Where is the line drawn? In my eyes it is wrong. Some people clone their pets because they can't or do not know how to grieve. In my opinion, they do not need their pet cloned, they need therapy to learn how to grieve. Grieving is part of living. Cloning near perfect stallions and mares or any other animal, the knowledge and responsibility of breeding would no longer be needed. Do we want everything perfect? Then what? Nothing would stand out and eventually everything would be bland in our eyes because of lack of imperfection. We are not God.
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post #9 of 49 Old 01-18-2012, 10:08 AM
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Cloning won't ever replace breeding. There is no such thing as a perfect horse - never has been, never will be. The responsible breeder is trying to get as close as possible, but know that they will not get all the way there.

There is a place for cloning within scientific research. It rules out a heap of variables that have to do with genetic background. I am not saying that it is right - just that we who are uneducated in the complexities of the science should not condemn it. Especially not on religious grounds.

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post #10 of 49 Old 01-18-2012, 10:24 AM
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Respectfully, I don't need to know anything about the science to believe that it is wrong on several levels. BTW, Scamper's clone is standing at stud, info on James's website.
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