The decision could force the group to admit cloned horses—and lead to similar lawsuits against other animal-breeder organizations that have excluded cloned animals. The case is still subject to appeal, so let’s watch and wait.
A rancher and a veterinarian sued the Quarter Horse Association, arguing it was a monopoly, effectively barring cloned horses from participating in competitions and shows. Not being able to register the horses had lowered their value greatly and reduced the number of potential buyers.
The plaintiffs have about 20 animals they want to register, but there will be many more in line if the registry opens to cloned animals. The Quarter Horse Assn. has registered more than five million horses since its creation in 1940.
The case could have far-reaching implications in the animal-breeding industry, but there are some cat people who will probably take no interest in this affair. They are crossbreeding alley cats with wild exotics in order to produce “living room tigers and leopards.”
These breeders have learned there is a market for cats that look like they just walked out of the jungle. Members of the International Bengal Society produce kitties that look like little leopards, and their behavior is not what I would consider domesticated. Another wildcat hybrid known as Savannahs is also favored.
Exotic cats have become a status symbol, and some people will pay as much as thirty thousand dollars to possess a hybrid that looks like a miniature tiger. Naturally there are risks associated with owning a part wildcat, just as dog-wolf hybrids have proved to be dangerous.
In New York State, Savannahs are prohibited unless they are at least five generations away from the wildcat progenitor. That’s like me saying I am five generations removed from my first Texas ancestor, Dr. Gideon Lincecum, a self-proclaimed infidel, considered a dangerous radical by some of his neighbors. So I am no more dangerous than a Savannah cat that is five generations removed from her wildcat ancestor.
Back in the 1950s I heard about some young men who came in possession of a half-grown bobcat. They next took a nice-looking suitcase and placed the cat in it. Then the suitcase was deposited by the side of US Highway 79 between the towns of Jewett and Marquez.
The men watched from a distance as a car with several people in it stopped and someone hurriedly picked up the bag. Then as the car sped away, someone must have “let the cat out of the bag,” because the vehicle’s path became erratic and passengers jumped out. The kitten also emerged and headed for the woods.
The perpetrators of this incident boasted that it was very amusing to watch, but I’m inclined to think of it as malicious mischief.
A retired English professor, Dr. Jerry Lincecum teaches classes for older adults who want to write their life stories. He welcomes your reminiscences on any topic: firstname.lastname@example.org