This paper uses the Missyplicity Project's detailed Code of Bioethics as a
starting point for discussion of animal rights perspectives on cloning. Alt
hough funded by a couple in order to clone their pet dog, the project has m
ore important collateral goals and forms part of a general line of research
that, if successful, promises enormous clinical benefits to humans.
A particular type of animal rights perspective is described and used to eva
luate this project. This perspective accepts a 'principle of axiological an
thropocentrism' (PAA), according to which only human beings have certain in
terests, or a kind of value, which is of pre-eminent moral significance. Th
e best-known animal rights views (those of Singer and Regan) are shown to b
e consistent with the PAA. This perspective, also denies that potential cha
racteristics qualify, their possessors for the same type of moral respect a
s actualized characteristics.
The balancing of potential benefits against risks to research subjects is d
iscussed and it ts concluded that, from the particular ethical perspective
adopted in this paper, cloning research of this general type is not particu
larly problematic; and given its stringent Code of Bioethics, only an aboli
tionist perspective could condemn the Missyplicity Project in particular.