The issues surrounding cloning in general have always left a unique feeling in the minds of those who contend with the struggle between what is natural and what is an abomination. People affected by monster movies and stories like Frankenstein fear the thought of creating anything apart from the inorganic that may be attached to a mocked form of life. The desire to keep humans unique to the creation of life has led to a legal safeguard against human cloning, but does not extend to our pets, the practice of which may soften the barriers to human cloning.
Still, the practice of cloning anything is completely different for irrational Frankenstein comparisons, because this does not involve re-animating dead flesh; it simply copies a genetic pattern and ‘pastes’ it onto a new template of life. Cloning one’s pets involves restoring the animal that was into the world that is, as an empty slate. The pet will not retain memories or similar behavior because the slightest deviation in rearing will create a different end result. The result of which will be a different pet with the same appearance. A similar phenomenon would repeat in human cloning, which helps destroy some of the protests that go against it, thus opening the doors to the actual practice little by little.
The past cannot be recreated in the present by a blank sheet with the appearance of a past horror. Cloning Adolf Hitler would not create the man responsible for so many atrocities he was famous for. The specific development in the present would differ greatly from the mentality he grew up with, and the clone would likely blend in with the rest of society with little difficulty apart from genetic structure, which could easily be offset by a different hairstyle and no mustache.
Where human cloning meets religious and moral resistance, harmless pet recreation may allow progressive generations to accept the procedures and practices as normal, and emboldened scientists may take it upon themselves to create a clone and go public. More than likely, human cloning already exists in the present, but only in secret. What the public doesn’t know keeps the secrets safe. Secrets that are easier to work on if there can be public attention and scientific collaboration to something as harmless as pet cloning.
Whether or not it is just a front to hidden research on human cloning, or a means of pushing the agenda of legalizing it, only those engaged in the research know. Either way, it is difficult to deny that it isn’t only the first step that will lead toward the reality.