PUBLIC OPINION > Cloning Dead Pets Is Unethical (And a Little Creepy)
SodaHead News 2012/01/10 21:40:40
Can you imagine how ridiculous this debate might have sounded 20 years ago? Cloning dead pets? It's like something out of a "Futurama" episode. But this is the future, and it's happening now. In fact, it's been happening since 2009, and it costs literally hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately for forlorn former pet-owners, as with any other cloning technology, this practice has its own ethical battlefield. ABC News recently polled SodaHeads on the topic, asking if they thought it was ethical.
People Pay Thousands to Clone Deceased Pets: Sentimental or Unethical?
84% Think Cloning Dead Pets Is Unethical
There are a lot of elements to this debate, but let's focus on the primary argument opponents raised: Practicality. Many voters weren't even that concerned with the cloning process, they were concerned about the bigger picture. The Top Opinion read, "There are so many animals in shelters who need homes." Others added that the price people are paying is an exorbitant amount of money spend on pseudo-nostalgia. It could be put to better use. Ethical? Eh. It just seems like a costly luxury, and a creepy one at that.
Atheism & Ethics
Atheist voters were some of the strongest proponents of cloning dead pets, voting 21% more support than Christians. However, it's important to note that voters who called the practice "sentimental" weren't necessarily saying they would participate in it. It's more likely that atheists just don't see it as an issue of ethics.
Men More Likely to Consider
This question produced a huge gender gap. Men were 27% more likely to support the idea of cloning dead pets, though the majority of men were still against it. Female voters were close to the overall vote, though the overall was affected by unregistered voters, who took a strong stance against animal cloning.
Progressives Want Their Pets Back
The strongest proponents of cloning dead pets were progressives, with 62% of them supporting the idea. Interestingly, liberal voters were not only at odds with progressives, but actually took a stronger stance against it than conservatives. A lot stronger. Only 14% of liberals supported it, compared to 44% of conservatives.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about pet cloning. We'd love to hear from you!
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