Six genetically identical puppies began work for South Korea’s customs agency, sniffing out drugs. They all share the same name, TOPPY (tomorrow & puppy combined) because they were all cloned from the same superb sniffer dog named Chase (a Labrador Retriever in Canada).
The dogs went through an 16-month training program and are now hard at work sniffing out drugs at Seoul’s Incheon International airport and at border crossings in Korea.
While I can understand that cloning in this case may be extremely helpful given the small percentage of sniffer dogs born with extreme natural abilities, where do you draw the line with cloning pets?
The first dog clone, Snuppy, was produced by the scientists at Seoul National University. The same team of scientists that have cloned Toppy, Toppy, Toppy, Toppy, and Toppy.
I love my dogs, but can’t imagine ever having one of them cloned. Death is a natural part of life – for all living things.
Would you ever want to have your canine companion cloned?
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[polldaddy poll=1799117] References:
- BBC – Cloned sniffer dogs begin duties
- BBC – S Korea trains sniffer-dog clones
- Baltimore Sun – Meet Toppy, Toppy, Toppy, Toppy and Toppy
- Nat Geo Video: Dog Cloning Sparks Debate