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Kennel Club Expresses Serious Concerns On Canine Cloning

09 April 2014    10:00

The programme, 'The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man's Best Friend' on Channel 4, highlights the issue of canine cloning, an issue which is of particular concern to the Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club is strongly against the principle of cloning as it jeopardises dog welfare and runs contrary to the Kennel Club's objective to promote in every way the general improvement of dogs.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "People may turn to cloning when faced with the loss of a beloved pet and the need to replicate the emotional bond they have with their dog but unfortunately this comes at a price and the price is the welfare implications involved in cloning."

At the present time cloning involves invasive procedures, which include surgically implanting the embryo into the bitch used to carry the clone.  Because of the poor success rates this procedure may be repeated multiple times, in many different bitches, in order to produce a successful outcome. Furthermore, the dog carrying the embryos will have to suffer the effects of unsuccessful pregnancies such as losing embryos and newborns.

Caroline continues: "It is important to remember that cloning can only replicate genetic material and cloned animals will most likely develop different personalities and be a very different dog to the dog that is cloned. In addition to this, there is a high probability of abnormality in the puppy if things go wrong.

"We are genuinely shocked at the concept of the competition and the trivialisation of this issue, as we believe most caring dog owners will be.  The idea that the emotional bond with a dog that has passed away is being put above the welfare of the dog or dogs involved in producing the cloned pet is appalling.  The ethics involved in this are undoubtedly questionable and we would urge people to take a stand against the practice."

The Kennel Club is committed to supporting responsible dog breeding using traditional breeding practices and new initiatives such as Mate Select so that improvements can be made to ensure better health for future generations of dogs.


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