| Monday, December 27, 2004
| CLONED CAT TAKES PLACE OF PRIOR PET---FOR US$50,000
|Just in time for that last minute holiday gift,
a bioscience firm has announced the first sale of a
cloned kitten, a male named Little Nicky.
Genetics Savings and Clone of Sausalito, Calif.,
reports selling the kitten to a Texas woman for $50,000.
Genetically, the kitten is a twin of the buyer's Maine Coon
cat Nicky, who died earlier this year.
"He is identical. His personality is the same," said the
owner, Julie. She asked that her last name and hometown not
be disclosed because she said she fears being targeted by
groups opposed to cloning.
The sale of the kitten, born Oct. 17 is a lab in Austin,
Texas, is the first of six similar transactions the cloning
firm has in the works. More cloned kittens are being weaned
before delivery to their owners, says firm spokeman Ben Carlson.
The Humane Society and other pet advocay groups have criticized
pet clonming as wasteful, noting that 6 million to 8 million cats
and dogs enter shelters each year nationwide, where 3 million to
4 million are put to death.
"We've gotten along fine for millions of years the old fashioned
way of breeding cats. We don't need cloning", says Wayne Pacelle
of the Humane Society. He also questions the decsion to expose pets
to an experimental procedure like cloning.
(Gannett News Service/ Associated Press/ Dan Vergano)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 11:24 PM