Can anyone say genetic diversity? Want to wipe out a species? Here’s how. Shrink the gene pool and wait for a disease. Extinction is almost guaranteed. Look at the Cheetah for an example. Food animals already have a dangerously small gene pool. If you’re cloning a sire and continuing to sell his sperm after he would have died naturally, you’re adding to a diminishing gene pool. Instead of a new “preferred sire” coming along, breeders will be using sperm from a clone contributing to the inbred nature of most pedigreed stock. If you think inbreeding is a good thing, just look at German Shepards. They went from being healthy robust dogs to sick animals with hip displasyia in a few generations. I don’t know about you, but I’m not real eager to run out and purchase these products.
Some day our grandkids will be touring a museum…
“Hey, Nana…What’s that thing?”
“Oh, Stevie. That’s a cow. The last one died years ago. Damn, I want a glass of milk. I wish we hadn’t bought these cookies.”