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$50K Cat
by Mark Neckameyer


December 25, 2004

Regarding to flap over whether it is ethical to clone a favorite cat for $50K;
My wife and I volunteer to work those cat adoption events you see at Petsmart and Petco.  We donate money regularly to the ASPCA and I volunteer to assist Cat Rescue and Abyssinian Cat Rescue with spay and neuter clinics and fund raising.
I have owned cats all my life and have three cats right now, all rescued cats.  One of these cats is the nicest, smartest, friendliest cat I have ever owned and I am not ashamed to say that I love her.  God or nature, you pick, gives cats a much shorter life span than we get and my favorite cat is getting old.  What is wrong with me paying money to have an exact physical copy of her made?  Why is this different than buying a pedigreed cat from a breeder or pet store which, in a way would also take the place of a cat that could be adopted?  The price alone keeps this new technology from being done in a whim so why not?
I hope the price of cat cloning comes down or the value of my stock portfolio goes up so I can make this cat that I love so much "immortal". 
I love my wife too now so ?????? .......
Mark Neckameyer
Irvine, CA - USA



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