Why is there a Ban on Pet Cloning?

Why is there a Ban on Pet Cloning?

by Laura Rice, December 2009

Keeping up to date on the latest current events? Then, you've probably heard about the breakthrough technology of pet cloning and the recent successful cloning of one woman's cat. But at the dawn of this breakthrough, pet cloning is coming to an end.

California lawmakers have recently announced the introduction of a bill that will ban the sale of cloned pets - a move that could end the industry of pet cloning forever. Why are lawmakers out to destroy this breakthrough in scientific progress? Is a pet cloning ban the result of strong legal issues, or merely based on ethical opinions?

According to lawmakers, animal activists and many Americans alike, pet cloning will cause a huge outbreak in animal care and control problems. Currently, there are millions of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country that are homeless and in need of homes. If pet cloning becomes available nationwide, many lawmakers and animal activists fear that people will look to pet cloning in order to resurrect some former beloved pet instead of heading to their local animal shelter to adopt an animal in need of a good home. As a result, the already flooded and overwhelmed shelters and rescue groups across the country will become even worse, causing a rise in the number of cats and dogs that will have no other choice than to be euthanized due to crowding issues.

Likewise, many lawmakers contend that the ban will not stunt the progress of scientific research at all. According to one proponent, the ultimate goal is not to limit the legitimate scientific research involved. Instead, the intention is to ban the exploitation of innocent, vulnerable Americans who may have lost a beloved pet and would fall victim to spending $50,000 for a cat, especially one that may not hold any similar characteristics to the original specimen at all.

Lawmakers also argue that pet cloning is hugely unregulated. It will likely become more and more difficult to regulate as it progresses - a far cry from the strict regulation policies that reign in most scientific research.

In the heated debate of whether to allow the scientific progress of pet cloning or ban the sale of cloned pets in our country altogether, the mixed opinions and viewpoints differ from one another in vast arrays. So do the contrasting viewpoints of banning pet cloning arise out of personal ethics, or strong, sound legal issues? As with the few topics that bring out such human passion and highly charged discussions in America today, it is safe to say that the viewpoints behind such opposition to pet cloning arise out of a combination of both.