I read an interesting article by Eric Konigsberg of The New York Times about cloned puppies. While I can understand that some people consider cloning animals to be an interesting, albeit creepy, science fair project, I was stunned to learn that there’s actually a market for cloned puppies.
In July, Hawthorne held a series of online auctions, offering his services to four high bidders who agreed to pay from $130,000 to $170,000 for clones of their dogs. (To offset accusations of elitism, Hawthorne also held a search for a fifth, pro-bono client.) In the past few weeks, the first three puppies from this group were born in South Korea.
Not stunned to learn that people want carbon copies of their beloved pets, but stunned to see the prices they were willing to pay for those pups. Who could think it is a good idea to pay $170,000 for a puppy? Things happen; puppies can fall ill, run away or get hit by cars. If you don’t believe me, ask Bill Clinton what happened to Buddy.
I guess people can do whatever they want with their own money, but there’s just something obscene about spending $170,000 on off chance that you’ll be able to recapture the relationship you had with your pet. Obscene and weird.