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In China, some wealthy owners do not hesitate to pay the equivalent of tens of thousands of euros to obtain the cloning of their pet.
Since the first cloning of a cat named Garlic Clove in 2019, pet clones have been multiplying in China. Li Shuyuan requested the clone of his dog, to whom he was very close, following her death after 17 years of life. More and more Chinese people want a perfect genetic copy of their favorite dog or cat. A Beijing company that charges 32,000 euros to clone a cat and 42,000 euros for a dog has entered a very buoyant market. “We have embryonic cells from cats, dogs, horses and several rare species”, Explains Liu Xiaojuan, head of the laboratory.
Part of the lab’s activity is aimed at wealthy individuals, but scientists are also working on the conservation of endangered animals, such as the panda or the white dolphin. The cloning of animals for commercial purposes is prohibited in France, but in China, despite the ethical questions that this may raise, this niche market remains very lucrative.