Would you want a clone of your pet? – The Guardian Wednesday 25 November 2015 09.26 EST


This is precisely what a company in China is offering. So, if you had the cash, would you duplicate your dog, copy your cat and double your bunny?

 It’s a 2-fur-1 offer. Photograph: Hon Keong Soo/Demotix/Corbis

It’s a 2-fur-1 offer. Photograph: Hon Keong Soo/Demotix/Corbis

Wednesday 25 November 2015 Last modified on Thursday 26 November 2015 
The biggest cloning factory in the world is due to open in China next year. It’s purpose will primarily be to produce a million calves a year, to stem the shortage of beef in the country, where farmers struggle to meet demand.

On top of that, the company, BoyaLife, says it will provide clones of family pets. There is already an industry in cloning pets, but the procedure is expensive, and some argue that the result will not be a success, since much of an animal’s behaviour is down to the way it is treated.

If you had the resources, would you clone your beloved poodle, or order a carbon copy of your grumpy cat? Would you risk it, knowing that it would have a very different early life than your original pet? Tell us whether you’re pet-obsessed enough to want an exact replica of fido, weird habits and all.

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