Today, in news that will make you question your sanity and ability to read, legendary singer, Barbra Streisand has cloned her beloved dog not once, but twice. Hey, when you love your pet, why not have them stick around forever, and ever, and ever, and ever?
Barbra Streisand Harvested Her Pet’s Cells
The skinny comes from The Mirror which reports that, prior to her beloved dog Samantha’s death in 2017, the devoted pet owner was able to harvest several cells from her mouth and stomach to form new puppies.
These tiny cells would go on to become Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, two almost carbon copies of Samantha who now live with the singer and keep her company along with a third and non-cloned pup, Fanny Brice.
$100,000 Total Cost
Coming at a great cost, the option of cloning a favorite pet isn’t something that the everyday person can do. According to the article, Barbra Streisand dropped a total of $100,000 on both dogs, with each one costing $50,000. But, when you’ve got money to burn and a Samantha-shaped hole in your heart, what’re you gonna do?
PETA Is Unhappy
While Barbra Streisand may be pumped to have two dogs who look exactly like her dearest Samantha, PETA is incredibly unhappy that the singer has chosen to not only get the cloning done but come forward to talk about it.
In a statement released by the animal rights group, PETA shared its concern for the future of cloning and how, while the pet may look the same, it will have a completely different personality than the original companion.
This, in turn, they say may lead to the abandonment of multiple dogs and cats.
And, PETA might not be too far off from their prediction as Barbra Streisand actually agrees with them on one piece. When speaking with Variety about the clones, she said that both “have different personalities” than Samantha, despite looking very similar to her.
She said that she would be “waiting for them to get older” to see if they would grow into Samantha’s likeness more as they matured.
PETA also revealed that the science behind cloning pets isn’t completely to a full level and could end in the animal going through a horrific experience.
Supporting the singer in the best way that they can, PETA added that they understood Barbra Streisand’s “grief” from the death of Samantha but wished she wouldn’t have gone down the cloning road.
Still, even with Barbra Streisand’s public statements about bringing Samantha back to life by any means necessary, PETA doesn’t have too much to worry about as the general population makes less money in a year than it takes for one pet to be cloned.
More Cloning To Come?
If nothing else, Barbra Streisand’s cloning of her cherished dog shows just how much science has continued evolving since 1996 when Dolly the sheep was cloned.
This marked a huge milestone as Dolly was the first mammal to be doubled using just a single adult cell. Over the last almost 30 years, researchers have only continued gathering information about cloning – leading us to this point.
So, who knows what the future will bring? While most of us will never be able to afford the insane cost, Barbra Streisand will perhaps inspire other celebrities to take a chance and bring their pets back to life.