Barbra Streisand‘s recent interview with Variety had one tiny bit of info that went around the world. She cloned her dog to make two new ones.
Streisand has since explained her reasoning to The New York Times,
“I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way. It was easier to let Sammie go if I knew I could keep some part of her alive, something that came from her DNA.
A friend had cloned his beloved dog, and I was very impressed with that dog. So Sammie’s doctor took some cells from inside her cheek and the skin on her tummy just before she died.“
While she waited to see if the cells would take at ViaGen Pets in Texas, Samantha’s breeder gave her another Coton de Tulear, whose mother was named Funny Girl.
“It felt like fate, as if it was meant to be. How could I refuse that little girl? So I took her, too, and named her Miss Fanny.“
The cells did take and made four dogs, one of which died soon after birth and another she gave to a friend. She kept two, and named them Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett.
“You can clone the look of a dog, but you can’t clone the soul. Still, every time I look at their faces, I think of my Samantha…and smile.”
I’ve seen comments of people aghast and disgusted at Babs doing this. On her Instagram some dick commented,
“Anyone who supports her doing this are just heartless assholes. Straight up.“
Heartless? Firstly, is this a dog person? My dog, Lamonte is now 13 and the thought of him not being here makes me beyond depressed. People replace their beloved pets all of the time. Second, are those people so concerned with animals, meat eaters? Hunters? (I’m not.)
Some have said that Barbra should have gotten a rescue. She’s Barbra FUCKING Streisand, she can do whatever the hell she wants. I got news for you, she might be a legend and an icon, but she’s now also an old Jewish lady who loves her dogs. Any person who is so militant about people getting rescues (which is admirable, but NOT mandatory) I’ve got an idea, YOU get a rescue, donate and volunteer at the ASPCA and let Barbra have her damn clones if it makes her happy.
That said, even if you are sympathetic, cloning your pet is NOT for everybody –just rich people. For $1600 you can preserve your pets DNA, but the cloning itself costs $50,000! You can read more about it here on ViaGen’s website.