Los Angeles, California, USA: Barbra Streisand inadvertently reignited a debate over animal cloning – in which everyone seems to have an opinion – after the famous Hollywood actress revealed that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from her 14-year-old Coton du Tulear Samantha, who died in 2017. Before Samantha died, Streisand had cells taken from her mouth and stomach.
“They have different personalities,” Streisand told Variety in an interview. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.”
Her third dog is a distant cousin of Samantha’s. A breeder brought the dog, whose mother had been named Funny Girl, and Streisand was smitten. She adopted the new dog and called her Miss Fanny, which is how Fanny Brice’s dresser refers to the character in the movie.
After the clones arrived, Streisand dressed the dogs in red and lavender to tell them apart, which is how they got their names — Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet. All three dogs appear frequently in Streisand’s Instagram feed.
On Tuesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, president Ingrid Newkirk released a statement on why it adamantly stands against Streisand’s decision to clone Samantha.
“We all want our beloved dogs to live forever, but while it may sound like a good idea, cloning doesn’t achieve that—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 situation. 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.”
Streisand didn’t reveal which company she entrusted with cloning her pet, but the options currently available are rather expensive. A South Korean lab called Sooam Biotech has reportedly carried out the procedure over 600 times, and charges $100,000 per attempt, while the Texas-based ViaGen Pets asks for a more reasonable $50,000 each time.
Sooam Biotech estimates that its cloning process works about a third of the time. Other dogs are used as surrogates, and provide eggs, and their welfare has to be taken into account when we consider the ethics of cloning – is it really fine to have a dog miscarry unnecessarily?
The cloned dog might not act the same.Our genes do not dictate who we are. Identical twins can sometimes act, or even look, pretty different. The same is true for cloned dogs.
Gov. Mike Huckabee Verified account @GovMikeHuckabee: Whew! Barbra Streisand only cloned her dogs. I was afraid she had cloned herself!
Ross Patterson Verified account @StJamesStJames: Barbara Streisand spends all day tweeting her hatred for our elected officials and railing against the unfairness of the “One Percent”, then spend the money to clone her fucking dogs TWICE. Don’t listen to celebrities on either side politically.
roxane gay Verified account @rgay: Barbra Streisand is “clone the things I love so I never have to experience loss” rich. Fascinating.
Yashar Ali Verified account @yashar: With all the dogs that need forever homes, Barbra Streisand’s decision to clone her dead dog is despicable and a terrible example…I don’t care what songs she has sung or what movies she has directed…
Bess Kalb Verified account @bessbell: Honestly it would be more surprising if Barbara Streisand DIDN’T clone her dog..
Brad Fraser @fraser_brad: Look at the bright side of the Barbra Streisand cloning her dog thing- at least she didn’t clone herself. #BarbraStreisand.
Star @starmlw: Rich elitist problems #273: finding the right geneticist to clone your dogs.
Bonnie Burton Verified account @bonniegrrl: Call me when a dog makes a Barbra Streisand clone.
R. Eric Thomas Verified account @oureric: Don’t tell me not to clone, Or give me troubles! Life’s candy and both of My dogs are doubles. Don’t bring around the clouds to rain on my parade of identical dogs built in a lab and armed with superhuman singing abilities and also laser eyes.
DONNA WARREN @DonnaWR8: With SO MANY unwanted dogs Barbara Streisand pays a hundred thousand to clone dogs. Think of the shelters and HOW MANY dogs that money COULD HAVE SAVED.
AJ @SarcasticallyAJ: If Barbara Streisand can clone her dog then someone should clone me but without my shitty attitude.
Kevin @kevinwxgg: It’s like the GOP always says: If you give tax breaks to the fabulously wealthy, Barbara Streisand will clone her dog. And that creates jobs for the little guy… dog cloner.
johnjay van es Verified account @JohnjayVanEs: In a recent interview, Barbra Streisand said two of her puppies are clones of her beloved dog who died last year. Hey, when celebrities want scientists to clone their pets, the cure for cancer can just get in line.
PatriotForEver @DonCamp29856335: Ironic, Barbara Streisand spends $100,000 to clone her dogs and starving people in LA are forced to eat stray dogs to survive. Babs is against the border wall. Has she ever looked around her own compound? Surrounded by walls and armed security. Isn’t Liberalism great!
nicole ames @nicoleames: My dear Zooey lived for 18 years. I would love it if she could have lived on, but as long as some 4 million dogs die in US shelters, I just cant get behind this.
Proud Texan @starcrosswolf: Trump hating Barbra Streisand spent $100,000 to clone 2 dogs while in her city women and children go hungry, homeless and no medical care. People can and will say anything, but their action, or the lack of tells you the truth about who they really care. Self serving & heartless.
Smiley 4 America @croswell_g: As long as Barbara Streisand doesn’t clone her son/daughter/whatever it is, we should be okay!
Chris Morgan @chrismorgan: If one has the means to clone their beloved pets, why not? (I would!) Look how sweet her pups are @BarbraStreisand #BarbraStreisand #cloning #puppyclones
Marietta @MDavisbot: Miss Violet & Miss Scarlett Are Actually Clones of Barbra Streisand’s Pet That Passed Away.
What’s Next? Miss T-Rex!!Thanks Barbra. #JurassicPark #BarbraStreisand.
Louis Armstrong Verified account @ArmstrongHouse: The great @BarbraStreisand is in the news this week so for #tbt, here’s a wonderful photo of Barbra and Louis at the premiere of “Hello, Dolly!” in 1969! #louisarmstrong #dailypops #lahmdigitization #HelloDolly #BarbraStreisand.
Tarrell Bellinger @olderbrother21: @SpencerKarter #BarbraStreisand says she helped get her dead dog cloned twice. She also said that #Disgraced producer #HarveyWeinstein became “vulgar” when she refused 2 sing 4 him. She has #CommonSense! Reaction? #HarveyWeinsteinSucks.
Paul Rudnick @PaulRudnickNY: Barbra Streisand has revealed that she’s had her beloved dog cloned. Which means that maybe someday, every gay man can have his own Barbra. #barbrastreisand
David Wild Verified account @Wildaboutmusic: Really excited for the new #BarbraStreisand movie, “A Dog Is Cloned.”
Kip Keefer @KipKeeferRadio: The race for the title of worlds stupidest human being is very contentious. But you have to like #BarbraStreisand chances. Every time she opens her mouth she raises the bar to a new level of idiocy.
Great singer, loved #FunnyGirl but Babs is as dumb as a petrified stump.
Brian @BKCloud1: Someone has cloned @BarbraStreisand and it has gone terribly bad. #clonedog #BarbraStreisand
Marcella Bothwell @MBothwellMD: @BarbraStreisand 50000 dollars could #rescue so many #dogs instead of being selfish and #cloning your dog #BarbraStreisand
ThatJohanna @Haitiana4Obama: She adopted Miss Fannie a look a like of her beloved Sammie while the other two were being cloned. Get over it, she donates to everything all the time. She has the money to clone her dog so why not? If I can clone my cat when she dies I’ll do it no question #BarbraStreisand
BermondseyBoy @Bermondsey1885: I was just reading about #BarbraStreisand cloning her dog. I asked Mrs Bermondsey would she consider cloning me? “No! I would just buy a dog”
jacksfilms Verified account @jacksfilms: If I had Barbra Streisand money I would absolutely do the same to Klondike