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China's first copy-cat

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China's first copy-cat

China's first copy-cat

BEIJING — China's first clone cat signals that the countries gene research is developing, which, for one bereaved man, was great news.

It's no secret that the internet loves cats, but how do we feel about cloning them?

That was a no-brainer for 22-year-old businessman Huang Yu, as he was left heartbroken by the passing of his beloved British shorthair, "Garlic".

On remembering an article he had read on dog cloning in China, Mr. Huang dug up his pet shortly after burying it and stored it in the refrigerator.

Mr. Huang told The New York Times, "In my heart, Garlic is irreplaceable." He said cloning was his only choice as his cat didn't leave anything for future generations.

Seven months and $35,000 dollars later on July 21st, Beijing based company Sinogene produced China's first-ever cloned cat, Garlic 2.

Cloned Garlic is scheduled to stay at Sinogene's lab for another month for observation before he is sent to Mr. Huang, who has said he hopes his new cat mirrors his previous one.

Citing Gouminwang, The New York Times reports that China has 55 million pet dogs and 44 million pet cats, which, for a potentially lucrative cloning business, is a lot of future customers, despite critics claiming it is inefficient and inhumane.

The New York Times states that many Chinese people do not think that using animals for medical research, even cosmetics testing is cruel, or even how pet cloning is potentially problematic.

Most importantly, there are no laws against animal cruelty in China.


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