Businessman Spends $310,000 To Clone His Beloved Dogs

Peter Onruang love for his deceased dogs , Wolfie and Bubble, seems to know no bounds.  Peter paid a South Korean biotechnology company  a whopping $310,000 to clone them.

The first clones should be available in the next 6-months.  It's very possible that he may get more than one clone of Wolfie the dog. If does he plans to name them all Wolfie.

Peter also hopes that one day he can clone himself.
"If I had an opportunity to clone myself, I'd do it right now," Onruang says. "Because it's me... I'm raising myself. I already know exactly my strengths and weaknesses. This person is gonna be the new and improved me, and would live the life I've always wanted to live."

Carolyn Costello of KTLA has more: Link

Cloned animals have horrible lives. They are sickly and die young, and they won't be at all the same animal that they lost. The way genes express themselves means that animal will be 100% unique, even if it has a genetically identical animal out there too. No true animal lover would ever give life to an animal knowing it would suffer instead of adopting another wonderful pet from the Humane society.
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If this guy can drop $310,000 to clone some dogs, I think he's doing okay in life. Maybe he didn't make every choice exactly as he would have liked but I sure couldn't afford this, yet..
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As an LA resident and owner or two rescues myself I'm dumbfounded why this rich a-hole cannot man up, move on and head down to any one of the LA county shelters and for the bargain price of 125 bucks give a home to one or two of the THOUSANDS of dogs currently in need of adoption.
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Rescue dogs and this story are actually apples and oranges. This is not a man whose going to populate the world with clones of his dog. This is a man who loves his pets so much he wants to replicate them. And a-hole, Charles, would be someone who replicates his dogs then sets them loose on the streets. Or someone who won't let his child get a rescue. I only get rescues myself but let's not stand on high moral ground and pass judgment on this guy for NOT getting a rescue instead. If you really need a "holier than thou" fix then bitch about him not using the 310,000 dollars to feed the poor or fund an orphanage or pay for a helpless person's life-saving operation.
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Observer, your reasoning is specious and you actually wind up supporting my point in the end. By actively choosing to not adopt a dog and bring two clones into the world to fulfill an infantile delusion of somehow replicating what he loved about his previous pets (which probably won't work based on heaps of evidence), there are now two rescues still at risk of euthanasia. Plus the $309,750 dollars left over could, of course, be put to better use. Ultimately, what he winds up doing with his cash is his business- you brought up the orphans and the infirm- not me. My original point was that this is a missed opportunity for a win-win. He adopts two dogs who need a home and saves himself a quarter million plus. Not holier than thou at all.
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I still see this being much better than celebrities touring the world to collect children of different ethnicities like trading cards or people having an amazing amount of kids when there are plenty to adopt. As Charles says, "man up".
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For every two strays that didn't get saved, there are two more waiting to be authanized. Lighten up, Charles. Dude can spend his money how he wants.

The strange idea is that he seems to think he'll reincarnate the dogs. A clone will not be the same dog, simply because it has the same DNA. It may look a lot like the old dog, but you could spend a lot less money to get a similar-looking dog made the old-fashioned way.

What's scarier is the idea of creating a human and controlling its life so as not to make the same mistakes he did. Where are the ethics in that? He makes it sound like his clone would be an object rather than a unique individual. Again, a human clone would have a separate consciousness.

How disappointed would he be if his carbon copies don't measure up to his fond memories?
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