Ban Pet Cloning!?

Crazy talk!

California Assembly Member Lloyd Levine is calling for a ban on pet cloning. Why?

  • Pet cloning is unregulated.
  • Animal shelters are filled to capacity.
  • “Who knows what’s going to happen if these things get released into the wild?”
  • Vulnerable people are being exploited.

My response to Mr. Levine:

  • Instead of banning pet cloning, why not regulate the industry? Better yet, let people decide for themselves.
  • If people are paying good money to clone their beloved pet, what makes you think they are going to end up sending them to an animal shelter? If someone prefers a clone of their pet to a pet from an animal shelter, who are you to judge their preference?
  • Things? Sounds like a xenophobic statement. What do you expect to happen?
  • The service of cloning is expensive. If someone wants to pay $50,000 for a pet clone, why not? The price will likely come down over the next few years as the technology is improved and competitors enter the market. How exactly are individuals who choose this service being exploited and why are they vulnerable?

This fear of new technology is going too far. What’s next? Banning Apple’s iPod as a weapon of mass destruction?

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).