Lawsuit over quarter horse’s clone may redefine animal breeding

Lynx Melody Too cloned horse

Are clones artificial copies or are they more like twins? Breeders are always looking for “purity” of bloodlines. If a clone *is* like a twin – how much purer could you get? Or is it like a false copy with imperfections? What are your thoughts – let us know by commenting on our website, Facebook or Twitter! ~ HfH

From: LA Times
By: Samantha Masunaga

Lynx Melody Too cloned horse

The horse breeder and veterinarian who cloned Lynx Melody Too are suing to have her included in the quarter horse registry.

Lynx Melody Too, a clone of a renowned quarter horse, is at the center of a lawsuit that could change the world of animal breeding and competition.

Texas horse breeder Jason Abraham and veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen sued the American Quarter Horse Assn., claiming that Lynx Melody Too should be allowed to register as an official quarter horse.

A Texas jury decided in their favor in 2013, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling in January, saying there was “insufficient” evidence of wrongdoing by the association.

Abraham and Veneklasen are now seeking a rehearing before the full 15-judge circuit panel.

The suit is among the first to deal with the status of clones in breeding and competition, and its outcome could impact a number of fields, including thoroughbred horse racing and dog breeding.

The quarter horse association is adamant that clones and their offspring have no place in its registry.

“It’s what AQHA was founded on — tracking and preserving the pedigrees of these American quarter horses,” said Tom Persechino, executive director of marketing for the association. “When a person buys an American quarter horse, they want to know that my quarter horse has the blood of these horses running through it, not copies of it.”

But Abraham and Veneklasen say that cloning follows a long tradition of using the latest technology to improve and maintain the breed.

Cloning “is nothing more than an assisted reproductive technique, similar to in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination,” the plaintiffs wrote in their suit. “A clone is simply the genetic twin of the original animal separated in time.”

Ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996 in Scotland, the use of clones as food, resurrected pets or competitive animals has been hotly discussed.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
5 Comments
  • Teresa Stofel

    I agree with AQHA. Besides isn’t this just another way to cheat? And aren’t there enough horses hauled off to slaughter for you guys?
    Enough is enough. No to registration and competing of cloned horses.

    March 16, 2015
  • Arlene Aquino

    Cloning of horses is simply wrong!! There are thousands of horses being slaughtered every day and all this cloning does is make the matter worse. It is just wrong, wrong!

    March 17, 2015
  • Stacy Martin

    What? We don’t have ENOUGH horses already!!!! What happens when clones start showing up at the meat packers? What is this world coming to, really?

    March 17, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

    It is is quite interesting the reaction of AQHA; are they concerned registration numbers -and thus revenues- will fall should they allow cloning?

    On the other hand, it must be said that cloning does require the fertilization of multiple mares since failure rate is inherently high. Also, it was observed with Dolly that cloned individuals tend to inherit diseases acquired by the DNA donor individual

    March 17, 2015
  • I feel badly for the clones. It seems that they are simply curiosities and nobody really wants them. There are thousands of American Quarterhorses too many. People think these horses are great for kids, but they are HOT! I have had several and one in particular for his entire life and he is still hot. Nobody rides him but me!

    CD

    March 18, 2015