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The Wrongs of Animal Cloning

From VeganFTA
March 2024

The zoologist Jordi Casamitjana looks at the phenomenon of animal cloning and all the ethical problems associated with it.

Dolly Sheep

I was working at The Monkey Sanctuary when I heard the news.

It was July, when this primate sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall, UK, was open to visitors, so I just finished the day having given talks to tourists — and feeding the woolly monkeys under our care — when I heard that Dolly had been born.

The news programmes made a big deal of it, possibly because it happened in the UK (in Scotland, to be precise) and it was reported as an event to be proud of. However, I thought that it was not an advancement of science, but another blow to the relationship with other sentient beings that humanity had been demolishing since it began exploiting them about 10,000 years ago. Dolly, you see, was the first mammal who had been cloned from an adult somatic cell (meaning a cell of any part of the body, as opposed to a reproductive cell, such as an egg or a sperm cell). Not the first clone animal, not the first to have been born from artificial fecundation, not the first “lab-grown” or “tube-conceived” mammal, but the first mammal who was genetically identical to another because it had been grown from an adult body cell of the latter, not from normal reproductive processes when mammals come from their mothers’ eggs fertilised by their fathers’ sperm.

Dolly had another quality that made me feel sorry for her. She was not human; she was a Finn-Dorset female sheep, a type of domestic mammal that has been exploited by humans for centuries for their wool or meat — and now it seemed we should also add “science”.

That was in 1996, but that was not the end of the story. That was the beginning. Dolly is no longer a unique mammal to science, as since her birth (and death six years later) many other animal clones have been born, from many different species (even primates). Most people do not know much about the animal cloning phenomenon, not even ethical vegans like me who often advocate for the rights of all the animals on Earth, but it has already transcended science into the commercial world — and that’s not a good thing.

I think that cloned animals have been forgotten, even by animal rights activists, so it is worth looking into this issue and laying out all the wrongs of animal cloning I can see.


Please read the ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE, including:

  • What is Animal Cloning?
  • Who Has Been Cloned So Far?
  • Animal Cloning Is a Type of Animal Abuse?
  • Cloning As a Modern Form of Domestication
  • What Else is Wrong with Animal Cloning?

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