3 Reasons Why Barbra Streisand Shouldn’t Have Cloned Her Dog

Could it have been misty, water-colored memories of Samantha, her beloved Coton du Tulear, that inspired Barbra Streisand to have her dog cloned?

Sure, we’ve all probably fantasized at one time or another about cloning a beloved pet so we’d have a carbon copy of them around for many more years to come. Then we consider the cost and the ethics, and for most of us it remains just that: a fantasy. But not for Streisand.

In an interview with Variety, Streisand said cells were taken from Samantha’s mouth and stomach before the Coton du Tulear died last year.

Here’s what probably happened next: Scientists at ViaGen, the only company in the United States that clones pets, inserted a skin cell from Samantha into the nuclei of eggs that were harvested from donor pets. To start the embryo’s dividing process, it was given a shock. The modified embryos were then implanted, via invasive surgery, into a surrogate dog.

The result? Streisand now has two dogs, Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet, who are genetic twins of Samantha.

Happy New Year from my three girls… Pink, Blue & Violet.

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“They have different personalities,” Streisand told Variety. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.”

Sorry to rain on your parade, Babs, but even non-cloned Coton du Tulear dogs have brown eyes. And as for Samantha’s seriousness, cloned animals don’t share the personality of the original.

Streisand suggested to Variety that a photo of her with Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet should be captioned, “Send in the clones.” That’s funny, girl, but here are a few reasons why cloning her dog was seriously a terrible idea.

1. Adopt, Don’t Shop or Clone. Streisand has another Coton du Tulear who’s a distant cousin of Samantha’s. She adopted that dog from a breeder, according to Variety. While this is preferable to cloning, it would’ve been even better if Streisand (and anyone else wanting one of these dogs) had adopted one from a shelter or rescue group (the nonprofit American Coton Club helps find forever homes for Cotons in need). If you’re reading this, Babs, I once had a dog who was quite possibly a Coton du Tulear and was probably every bit as adorable as Samantha. I got her from a Los Angeles County animal shelter.

2. The exorbitant cloning fees would have helped a lot of homeless dogs. ViaGen charges $50,000 to clone a dog, plus $1,600 for “genetic preservation,” the biopsy to remove cells from the original dog. So Streisand probably paid more than $103,000 for Misses Scarlett and Violet.

3. Cloning pets is unethical. It’s opposed by major animal welfare organizations including the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). According to a Gallup poll last year, the majority (63 percent) of Americans believe it’s morally wrong. Considering that 1.5 million pets are euthanized in animal shelters every year, it makes much more sense to save their lives than to create clones that won’t share the original pet’s personality.

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“The pet cloning industry targets grieving pet owners who desperately want their pet alive again,” states the HSUS on its website. “Our companion animal friends are irreplaceable. We can best honor them by helping local shelter animals find loving, safe homes.”

Take Action!

Streisand is known to be philanthropic, so please sign and share this petition urging her to make a donation to an animal rescue or shelter to honor her beloved Samantha in a much more appropriate way.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

189 comments

hELEN h
hELEN habout a month ago

tyfs

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Peggy B
Peggy B1 months ago

I miss my Yorkie every day, but I would never have cloned her if I had a chance. It wouldn't be her.

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Barbara M
Past Member 1 months ago

signed

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Olivia M
Olivia M1 months ago

Thank you

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Ann B
Ann B1 months ago

MONEY -- it is always about money--there are millions of starving homeless dogs, and the ones put down in shelters and SHE wants a clone---BAD MOVE BAD PERSON------and you can only think of 3 reasons????

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Colin C
Colin C2 months ago

As the article says the cloned dog will probably not have the same personality so why do it

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Berenice Guedes d
Berenice Guedes2 months ago

This article is very important and everyone should see this!!

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JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris2 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

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hELEN h
hELEN h2 months ago

TYFS

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Carole R
Carole R2 months ago

With all the dogs in need of homes I can't agree with this. But money gives you privileges most of us don't have. Sometimes too much money can affect a person's rationality.

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