Well, I got this comic from my parents this morning...
... I never really thought about cloning, but this pretty much hit home.
The world does not need more dogs or cats, and hopefully this pet-cloning concept won't hit residential America any time soon.
I was at a rodeo supply store yesterday looking at indoor play-pens for my pups --
-- the woman said, "That's a pretty strong kennel -- what type of dogs you got?" I told her pit bulls and their variants.
She said, "Oh, my son's got two of those blue ones -- he's gonna breed 'em..."
My heart sank. I told her to take her son to the local humane society and to walk down the halls of it and to see all of the pit bulls there, most of whom will die in that pound --
-- she said, "Oh, he gives them to really good homes..."
I said, "Well, does he spay and neuter them before their placement? Because if he doesn't, he's just furthering the problem. These cutesy babies will turn in to breeding machines if placed unaltered."
She just stared at me. Hopefully she will take some of my opinions to heart and do that walk with her son, and encourage him not to breed his pups.
I am anti-breeding -- that's a fact. I think breeders should be licensed and required to rescue equal dogs to the ones they place. While that's unlikely to happen, I think it's critical to slowing down the overpopulation epidemic. I think that breeders should also be required to spay and neuter their pups before placement. While you say, "There's not enough money to enfrorce this," I say "Look at the HUGE amounts of money we spend killing millions of animals each year at pounds.
Help spread the word to those you run across -- tell those to take a close look at the breeding, cloning at reproducing of domestic pets -- it's not as fun or cute as it looks -- and many its offspring will ultimately pay for it with their lives.