This is just a quick note to air my views on the cloning of wild cats using the eggs of a domestic cat and a domestic cat surrogate mother. I respect the views of others.
Mature egg cells are removed from a domestic cat in a surgical operation. Then genetic material from the egg cell is merged with a skin cell from a wildcat.
Embryos start to grow which are inserted into the womb of a surrogate mother cat, which is a domestic cat. The embryos can be deep frozen as well in liquid nitrogen.
In outline, that is the process. I am guessing that the surrogate domestic cat is a different cat to the domestic cat that provided the eggs.
Apparently this process has resulted in the successful cloning of three African wildcats who are living in an animal sanctuary somewhere. I think it is in New Orleans, USA. But someone will have to confirm that.
Cloning has often failed miserably. New born animals have lived for short periods only. Scientists don’t really know what they are doing. They are basically experimenting with the lives of animals.
What personally galls me a lot is the fact that it would be far more sensible if people stopped killing wild cats in the first place. We would not need to do these ghastly experiments then. People kill wild cats in many different ways. The most common is to destroy the places where they live or kill the prey they eat or just kill them for their fur.
And if people go on killing wild cats or prevent them from living by destroying their habitat, what will happen to any cloned cats that survive. Are they going to be put into the wild to be killed or will they spend their lives in cages? I seems like a lose-lose situation for the cat and a bit of fun for the human.
Far more work needs to be done to protect wild cats and other wild life. The big companies who are mining vast areas of Africa and logging forests should be under an obligation to ensure that the damage they inflict on the landscape should not have a damaging effect on the population numbers of wild cats. That is a pipe dream.
Yet it makes sense. Business should be responsible and sustainable. The logging and mining companies cannot be sustainable if they are simply using up parts of virgin landscape ad infinitum. The natural resources are limited.
Cloning wild cats is morally unjustifiable as long as we hurt animals in the process while failing to do enough to preserve the wild cat species that were created naturally.