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glowing cats...just what we always needed

>:( >:( >:( Why? Why? Why? >:( >:( >:(

South Korean scientists have genetically modified cats to glow red in the dark.

All to make sure that GM cloned cats are suitable subjects for testing diseases.

It's not enough that they want to clone cats. They also want to screw with their genes. And to top it off, infect them with some horrible disease so they can perform tortuous tests on them for probably the rest of their lives, if they even live past all or any of this.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004074545_koreacats15.html?syndication=rss

Scientists from Gyeongsang National University and Sunchon National University took skin cells from a cat and inserted the fluorescent gene into them before transplanting the genetically modified cells into eggs.

The development means other genes also can be inserted in the course of cloning, paving the way for producing lab cats with genetic diseases, including those of humans, to help develop new treatments, the ministry said.

Yeah, I do feel bad for ALL animals being tested on...and I know that cats are no better than mice or other animals...but...I still feel terrible about this. :'( :'( :'(

Cat hair frosting!  That's how secondbase can get glow in the dark frosting for his cupcakes!

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I saw this last night on "Nightly News"--The kitties are really cute--but, hello! Do we really need to be clonning and genticly modifying cats? The poor kittes were stuck 3 to a cage--they had no where to go--they just stood next to each other--they probably don't even have enough room to all lay down at the same time :( makes me so sad!

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holy shit.  that is the creepiest thing i have ever seen and heard about.  i dont understand why they had to be flourescent though.  testing?  what?  will we be flourescent?  i dont understand.  couldnt they have put in something neutral?  like blue eyes or something.  i dont know.  this glow thing is weird.

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Ooh a glowing cat! Can I please buy a purebred one to give to my little 2 year old for Christmas? Animals are such a great present, and a glowing one at that!

(insert 25 "sarcastic/disgusted" smilies here)

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Cat hair frosting!  That's how secondbase can get glow in the dark frosting for his cupcakes!

this is the first thought that came into my mind, as well.

terrible, awful stuff, though  >:( :( :'(

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what a bunch of a-holes.

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Well of course we all know about the worldwide cat shortage, since everyone has been so responsible about neutering their pets..... :P  ::)

Glow in the dark cats...the next fashion statement. Paris Hilton is coming out with a new line in dayglo kitties in different colours. They're working on plaids and stripes but for some reason the recalcitrant felines refuse to play up...

(Sarcasm...heavy, heavy sarcasm).

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Well of course we all know about the worldwide cat shortage, since everyone has been so responsible about neutering their pets..... :P  ::)

LOL Yabbit!

Yes, I fail to see much point in this. 

I wonder why we only seem to freak out about animal rights for a very select list of critters on these forums over and over... cats, dogs, ferrets, cows, pigs, chickens.  If they had inserted a fluorescent gene into "lab" mice, would we be as upset?  What if it were fluorescent earthworms?  Or pangolin?  (I must be sleepy... forgive me.)

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Well of course we all know about the worldwide cat shortage, since everyone has been so responsible about neutering their pets..... :P  ::)

LOL Yabbit!

Yes, I fail to see much point in this. 

I wonder why we only seem to freak out about animal rights for a very select list of critters on these forums over and over... cats, dogs, ferrets, cows, pigs, chickens.  If they had inserted a fluorescent gene into "lab" mice, would we be as upset?  What if it were fluorescent earthworms?  Or pangolin?  (I must be sleepy... forgive me.)

<deleted what I wrote: reread what you wrote...realized you didn't mean what I thought you meant...I too must be tired!>

Actually, I got upset over a post on pangolins not too long ago...
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=19943.0

And here is a post on lab mice not too long ago either:
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=19012.0

I think when any animal cruelty comes up in the news...and it is brought to my attention...I do get upset over it. Doesn't matter what animal it is.

But in general, yes, most people get upset over certain animals more than others...sometimes because they are pets and we feel we relate to them more. Sometimes the level of intelligence comes into play, too (people seem to care more about animals that *seem* more closely like us in terms of intelligence).

Also, for activists, I think they fight more for cows, chickens, pigs, etc. because that is what they see most prevalently...on people's plates...maybe they are more identifiable than rats/mice, who are out of sight, out of mind.

It's called moral schizophrenia or cognitive dissonance. (Now let's hear everyone boo me because they are sick of hearing me say those phrases. ;D)

Some statistics: 20 million animals are used in experiments (or deemed unworthy for experiments and "discarded") in the US each year. 90% of those animals are rats/mice. The testing of any and all animals is horrible and saddening though.

Oh...and another statistic...8 billion animals are killed for food each year (most of these animals are chickens). Maybe this PARTLY explains why activists spend so much time concentrating on helping cows, pigs, and chickens and fighting factory farming.

Hope I what I wrote made sense...probably not...I don't think I explained myself well...I need to head off to bed. <insert yawning face>

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I wonder why we only seem to freak out about animal rights for a very select list of critters on these forums over and over... cats, dogs, ferrets, cows, pigs, chickens.  If they had inserted a fluorescent gene into "lab" mice, would we be as upset?  What if it were fluorescent earthworms?  Or pangolin?  (I must be sleepy... forgive me.)

I would not agree with that at all Duckalucky. I think I have posted about so many different animals here that are far from the "regular group" most get upset about. Others here have as well. I also have time and time again posted the question: why do some only get upset about dogs and cats being abused....but seem to have no compassion for other animals? If one is going to eat meat, I don't think that it is any worse to eat your own beloved "pet" then it is it eat a chicken wing, or a hamburger, etc. Same with animal testing... many get horrified by the thought of kitties being tested and living in a crate their whole lives yet have no problems with lab mice and rats, etc. Do those animals not suffer just as much?Do they not feel just as much pain...have just as much fear?

About 5 years ago when it was time to "donate" again to the ALDF, I wrote a letter to the director Joyce Tischler. I told her that almost ALL of the literature I receive from them has stories and cases regarding dogs and cats. That I thought it was time to change the name of her organization to the Dog and Cat Legal Defense Fund. She called me personally and we had a long talk about it. She DID admit to me that when it comes to fund raising that dog and cat stories "tug at the heart strings" much deeper with the average animal lover. But that they DO get involved with many cases and try to change many laws with regards to the rights of other animals. She told me that those cases are hardest to win and those laws hardest to change. So most often they end up with little if any "success stories" to write about with regards to factory farms and wild life. I still donate a good deal of money to her group as I think they do good and have changed some laws. They've but many "criminals" behind bars that have abused animals.... It's the minds and hearts of the "others" you mentioned that need to be "touched".... But I do hope you realize that there are many on this board that think of "all things living" as being equal and think they should all have the same rights...
-d

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About 5 years ago when it was time to "donate" again to the ALDF, I wrote a letter to the director Joyce Tischler. I told her that almost ALL of the literature I receive from them has stories and cases regarding dogs and cats. That I thought it was time to change the name of her organization to the Dog and Cat Legal Defense Fund. She called me personally and we had a long talk about it. She DID admit to me that when it comes to fund raising that dog and cat stories "tug at the heart strings" much deeper with the average animal lover. But that they DO get involved with many cases and try to change many laws with regards to the rights of other animals.

The World Wildlife Fund does the same thing w/ stories of pandas and tigers, but they actually work for the conservation of many species (however, most people would rather give money to save a panda than to save a snake or something  ::) ).  I don't see anything wrong with such a tactic. It's not like they are saying "hey, we only care about pandas (or cats or dogs)", but if putting a focus on these species (charismatic megafauna) gets people to donate money to a worthy cause, then I say go for it.  However, this might perpetuate the hypocrisy of protecting one animal and not another, but that will take many moons to change... :-\

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