Dog cloning is not necessarily a new concept, but one that is growing in popularity. On one hand, you have heartbroken pet owners willing to pay anything to bring their loved ones back from the dead, but on the other, you have a dark and controversial industry.

A new TLC series “I Cloned My Pet” explores this growing and expensive trend as it follow various people who say they cannot live without a replica of their deceased pet. Personally, it seems to be extortion of sickness to me.

How Much it Costs to Clone

Although cloning may seem like a futuristic option, it’s actually a lot more available that it seems — that is, if you have an expendable budget. Currently cloning is more available for pets such as cats and dogs, going for about $50,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Heartbroken individuals are turning to this expensive option to soothe the pain of losing their furry friends, most of which, rely on South Korea’s clone industry for their “replica”. The ethical issues this process raises are the impacts it has on surrogate mothers carrying these clones, multiple clones that come out with deformities and a low survival rate.

The process is conducted in South Korea because of the lowered ethical standards, ABC News reports that it’s possible that the unused clones and surrogates are used as food in South Korea although the cloning company denies it.

Danielle Tarantola (in the clip above) is the most recent example of one of the crazed pet owners looking to replicate her dog. Although Tarantola only had to pay $50,000 of the $100,000 — due to a discount for her upcoming appearance on TLC. It’s a good thing she got the discount, Tarantola recently lost her job on Wall Street. She even mentioned selling her car if that was what it took to pay for this procedure.

5 Better (and Cheaper) Uses With Your Money

Although I could probably think of a million better uses with $100,000 than spending it on an unethical clone (that will not really bring back the original dog you lost), these are related to the subject at hand.

5. Buy A New Dog

There is a big debate among pet lovers on whether or not it makes sense to replace a deceased pet. I believe that a new pet cannot replace the loss of an old one, but I’d much rather these people give the opportunity to an animal that needs a good home, than creating a whole new one. A new pet can still be pretty pricey ranging from $600 to up to $5,000 depending on the breed.

4. Rescue Another Pet

Personally, I think rescuing a pet is much more fulfilling than buying a new one and can be considerably cheaper. It’s important to consider that there may be some unseen health problems with a rescue.

3. Donate to An Animal-Related Cause

Does this one need an explanation? This money would be put to better use if these individuals donated to the human society or any other cause.

2. Donate to a Guide Dog Organization

Pets are also often used as service pets for the blind, or for therapeutic purposes. Donating to this cause would be a good way to put a pup with a person who really needs it.

1. Invest in A Good Therapist

Not to be snarky, but these people are clearly unable to get over the loss of their pets and need some extra help. I get it, I love my dog and will be devastated once she goes. Cloning your pet in an unethical way is not the best approach to get over your loss.

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