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Iams Promoting Cat Cloning

The recently held “Cat Show New York,” a major event sponsored by Iams, featured a disturbing new cat-cloning display that has sent fur flying among people who truly care about animals. Tabouli and Baba Ganoush are two 4-month-old Bengal kittens who were recently cloned by Genetic Savings & Clone, Inc. (GSC), and showcased as a special exhibit, highlighting the “genetic banking” of these “exceptional pets.”

Cloning is bad news for our furry friends for a variety of reasons:

1. It results in serious birth defects. The most famous clone (Dolly the sheep) developed progressive lung disease and premature arthritis. Other cloned animals are born with hideous deformities and malformed organs, causing a short life of immense suffering. In addition, The New York Times quoted Lou Hawthorne—the chief executive of GSC—as saying that Tabouli had a “health issue” (conjunctivitis).

2. It ensures cruel lab tests on animals. GSC claims, “Our research will add to the body of scientific knowledge about canine and feline reproductive physiology.” Hidden within this statement is the fact that animals will have to endure years of invasive experimentation in cramped cages in laboratories with little to no socialization, all so that GSC can practice scientific quackery to fatten its wallet!

3. It has the potential to greatly exacerbate the animal overpopulation crisis. Thousands of puppies and kittens are born each day in the United States alone. Clearly there are not enough homes for our furry animal friends, forcing many of them to live on the streets to face prolonged periods of hunger, lack of adequate shelter and regular veterinary care, and abuse at the hands of cruel people.

Instead of creating more animals through cloning, people who love animals should open their homes and hearts to the thousands of homeless animals.

Every dollar that a consumer spends on Iams food means more money for Iams to spend on promoting animal cloning, with its disastrous consequences. Please do not help Iams condemn thousands of animals to a lifetime of suffering. Instead, click here to see which companion-animal food companies you can trust to be truly cruelty-free.

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