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Animal rights organization wants government to regulate pet cloners.

Responding to reports that an increasing number of people are having their pets cloned, the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) has introduced a bill in the California legislature that would ban the practice. If the bill passes it would be the first of its kind in the US.

The AAVS, a Pennsylvania organization that monitors the treatment of animals in laboratories, accused pet-cloning of operating behind a veil of secrecy, according to National Geographic News. The organization has asked the US Department of Agriculture to regulate pet cloning companies like it does research labs that must comply with the Animal Welfare Act, which sets minimum standards of animal care and use.

The CEO of the Sausalito, CA-based Genetic Savings and Clone Lou Hawthorne, said his company's "internal animal welfare protocols are higher than any that the government employs. I find it impossible to imagine that government oversight would constrain our activities," Hawthorne said. "In that sense we welcome it."
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Date:Apr 28, 2005
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