I always joke that by the time Chuck is ready to pass on (which is going to be many many years from now, I don’t even like talking about it) there will be some way to clone him. Apparently you can already do that, if you have Barbra Streisand money that is.
First of all can we address the way she spells her name, I always thought it was spelled Barbara. That seems right, right? Neither of those words are being highlighted as mis spelled in this blog so I’m guessing there are two ways to spell the name, the way she spells it looks wrong.
So BarBRA, had a dog named Samantha (spelled correctly) who sadly passed away last May. She had cells from her mouth and stomach which were used to clone her two new dogs, Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet. They are still puppies and she is waiting to see if they grow up to have Samantha’s dark eyes and seriousness. Something about this seems creepy but I also feel like I would do it. Of course this isn’t coming without backlash from PETA and I’m sure plenty of other people.
In a statement from PETA, they said,
“We all want our beloved dogs to live forever, but while it may sound like a good idea, cloning doesn’t achieve that — instead, it creates a new and different dog who has only the physical characteristics of the original. Animals’ personalities, quirks, and very ‘essence’ simply cannot be replicated, and when you consider that millions of wonderful adoptable dogs are languishing in animal shelters every year or dying in terrifying ways when abandoned, you realize that cloning adds to the homeless-animal population crisis. And because cloning has a high failure rate, many dogs are caged and tormented for every birth that actually occurs — so that’s not fair to them, despite the best intentions. We feel Barbra’s grief at losing her beloved dog but would also love to have talked her out of cloning.”
See a picture of the dogs HERE.