Top singer, actress, director and dog lover, Barbra Streisand, disclosed to Variety of late that she had two clones made of her deceased Coton du Tulears dog named Samantha. The two cloned dogs, which she calls Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet, join a third dog named Miss Fanny.
Streisand, 75, had cells taken from Samantha mouth and stomach before she died in 2017 at 14 years old, so as to preserve the physical legacy of the pooch. Streisand may have the right and the money, though cloning can cost a whopping $50,000 — to double down on her beloved dog.
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PETA, an animal advocacy group which is strongly against cloning of pets, issued a statement on Page Six on Tuesday concerning this matter. PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk said;
“We all want our beloved dogs to live forever, but while it may sound like a good idea, cloning doesn’t achieve that,” said Newkirk. “Instead, it creates a new and different dog who has only the physical characteristics of the original. Animals’ personalities, quirks, and very ‘essence’ simply cannot be replicated, and when you consider that millions of wonderful adoptable dogs are languishing in animal shelters every year or dying in terrifying ways when abandoned, you realize that cloning adds to the homeless-animal population crisis. And because cloning has a high failure rate, many dogs are caged and tormented for every birth that actually occurs — so that’s not fair to them, despite the best intentions. We feel Barbra’s grief at losing her beloved dog but would also love to have talked her out of cloning.”
The article also stated that other celebrities like fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and media billionaire Barry Diller have had their pets cloned.