May 28, 2024


The world’s first cat cloning company, Genetic Savings & Clone, has shut its doors because of low demand. Since the company opened in 2000, it managed to clone five cats, but sold only two of them. Animal welfare activists were delighted at the news. "It’s no surprise the demand for cloned pets is basically non-existent, and we’re very pleased that Genetic Savings & Clone’s attempt to run a cloning pet store was a spectacular flop," says Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States. "It’s not just a bad business venture, but also an operation grounded on the abuse of animals."

The company was started by billionaire and University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, who had hoped to clone his hunting dog Missy. It never happened.