The American Anti-Vivisection Society, a non-profit animal advocacy organization, denounces the recent news
about a South Korean company attempting to sell cloned pet dogs; yet its claims sounds all too familiar. A
California-based company duped numerous dog and cat lovers by making the same false promises, and it essentially
abandoned them when it shut down in 2006.
Despite what the term "cloning" may imply, studies have shown that the multiple procedures involved in animal
cloning not only cause pain and stress to the surrogate animals used in the laboratory, but the offspring—if
they actually survive birth—do not look or act identical to the original animal. While certain breeds may have
similar physical traits or behavioral tendencies, animal cloning offers no guarantees.
While we recognize the anguish that many people suffer when a companion animal dies, we suggest that the
California woman seeking a clone of her pit bull terrier, Booger, instead save a life by adopting a pit
bull from one of the hundreds of animal shelters or rescues in California. Odds are that the dog will
prove to be just as loving a companion as Booger, without a tremendous financial burden or increased animal
The American Anti-Vivisection Society is committed to educating the public about the unfortunate truths
behind animal cloning and genetic engineering, whether for biomedical experimentation, food production,
or companion animals. For more information, visit EndAnimalCloning.org