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Would you clone your dog or cat? Some Singapore pet owners have taken the first step


Cathy Chan, co-founder and director of The Animal Doctors, has seen “a few” pet owners enquiring about acquiring pores and skin samples for this goal. The multi-vet apply, with two clinics in Ang Mo Kio and Tiong Bahru, acquired its first enquiry in January, she stated.

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While The Animal Doctors have carried out requests and respect this determination of shoppers who could want to clone their pets, “we do advise clients to consider the ethics of doing so”, she added.

“We do explain that there are unknowns when dealing with cloning. We also try to keep the perspective that the cloned animal isn’t likely to be the exact same pet they had before, in terms of behaviour and health.”

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The vet cited moral and animal welfare implications. “Scientifically, it’s still an unknown, and there isn’t enough evidence to support this practice, especially with respect to the long-term survival and health of these pets,” she stated.

“These cloning companies are often commercial and give a promise/false hope to an owner who may be grieving (for) their beloved pet. This practice is highly questionable.”

The National Parks Board’s Animal and Veterinary Service doesn’t observe whether or not there are cloned pets in Singapore. Its import necessities don’t embody a declaration of whether or not a pet is a clone.

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Ly and fellow vet Lee Yee Lin suppose it unlikely, nevertheless, that any such pets have been imported thus far.

The Singapore Veterinary Association (SVA), in the meantime, “strongly opposes” the cloning of companion animals. The prices and adverse implications for animal welfare far outweigh the advantages, if any, of pet cloning, it stated.

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