Would you clone your pet given the chance?
It was normal Saturday afternoon and I was driving into the clinic in which I work. Just as I arrived at my destination there was this short little news story on the radio that was talking about South Korea. The first part was about how over-populated Seoul is and how over-worked the people are and as result they are now starting move away from the capital and head back to the country side. The only case of de-urbanization in a developed nation’s capital city to date. While this was fascinating, it was the next topic of a research lab there that has started cloning dogs that caught my attention. The clones were not only for research, but also for people who had lost their four legged family member. At first I thought this was a really interesting, but then the more I thought about it the more I started to question the whole concept.
Before looking at this do you recall back in 1997, our newspapers, radios and televisions announced the arrival of Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from and adult cell? The news was huge. It was labelled as a scientific breakthrough. Everyone that I spoke to was in a hype about it this would mean for the world and that soon we would be cloning humans. If people were not excited about it they would be completely against the thought of cloning as it was against the natural order of things. Regardless of what side you sat on it was big news. Jumping ahead to present day, I find myself perplexed by these same arguments about cloning dogs. I will admit that I was shocked that I had not heard about this prior and that it was now a commercial enterprise.
There a couple of companies in South Korea, Sooam Biotech Research and RNL Bio, that now offer families the chance clone their four legged loved ones. They take adult living tissue from your pet and within a 6 month period proclaim to have your cloned pet ready. Whilst this may seem appealing as you will get your little loved one back, neither of them can guarantee that you will indeed get a replica of your pet. These companies state that you will get a pet the looks either identical if not similar to your original pet. This is all possible for the price tag ranging from US$30,000 – US$150,000. Price point aside I want to explore the spiritual implications of this process.
Now from my own experience of being a medium for the majority of my life, I have come to realise that whilst our physical body dies our soul lives on in the Spirit world. Having contacted clients loved ones from the other side, being able to describe them, receive information from them and have that validated has shown me again and again of this process. It has also shown me that losing our loved ones, as hard as it is, it is part of life and a lesson that we face that help us grow and understand who we are. It is one of life’s certainties that we all exposed to, regardless of gender, race or religion. This process also plays a significant role in the grander scheme of the universe. Our pets, whether they be dogs, cats or birds also play a part in this process. Many people I know personally and many of my clients love their pets and consider them to be a part of the family and it is very sad and sometimes tragic when we loss them too. Again I see this as being a part of the ‘plan’ so to speak. After all, do we not share and create memories and loving bonds with them too? So when it comes to cloning our pets are robbing ourselves or the chance to work through grief and loss? Robbing ourselves to grow, move on and possibly experience new things with a new pet? Are we continuing or creating more karma by have our pet cloned? Is this cloned pet going to have the same soul or is having the clone all part of the greater process of things in our life? These are just a few of the initial questions that popped into my mind when thinking about this particular topic.
I would love to hear what you have to say on the matter. Do you think cloning pets is a good idea? Have your say by commenting below.