TLC’s “I Cloned My Pet” Getting a Stir
We all knew cloning was a reality, but what you may not have known is that cloning is a reality TV show. Pet cloning, to be exact. TLC debuted its one-time special, “I Cloned My Pet,” this week and the hour-long show explores this controversial subject matter.
A company in South Korea has developed the technology that allows pet-lovers who have lost their furry (or feathered) friends be reunited in sorts.
The show featured three animal lovers and debuted with Danielle Tarantola who obviously has money to burn as she clones “Trouble,” her lost dog for a mere $50,000. The actual price was $100,000, however Tarantola was able to negotiate the price down with the help of TLC to document the entire procedure, thus giving the cloning company free advertising.
The Staten Island native was devastated after losing her dog three years ago. She kept everything that reminded her of Trouble–including a piece of chicken in the freezer, water left in his bowl when he died and luckily banked away a piece of his DNA in hopes of getting him back (or at least his body double).
“Listen, what I did was definitely not for everyone to do,” Tarantola told Nightline. “It was what I wanted to do and so it was what I did.”
Although cloning could never actually replace the lost animal, the likeness seems to be good enough to have people flocking to the company responsible for resurrecting the likeness of your lost pet. TLC, popular for quirky reality shows, finds it worthy of an hour-long special that could turn into a series.
The show has stirred up some serious reactions already. Lindsay Mannering at The Stir did not hold back when asked her opinion.
“It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to realize that these people need help, obviously this woman secretly always wanted children and her obsession with her pet is a manifestation of that burning, unfulfilled desire,” says Mannering.
Experts say that the episode fails to show the downside of cloning and is therefore misleading. It may lead viewers to believe that clones are reincarnations of the original, but they are not and never will be.
The bottom line here is there will never be a solid agreement when it comes to cloning. However, we have to ask ourselves how far will science (and people) will go with this technology. Today, animals… tomorrow?