Reading a newspaper, as I found lately, is a great thing. I read a lot of internet articles, but reading local newspapers will make you more connected to your community and will show you the differences between the world and your country.
Anyways, I was reading today at al-Ghad that Qatar has banned a toy called Gen-pets and had sent letters of warning to all of the Arabic countries to tell them about this toy and to ban it. See the article here.
I totally agree with the ban of such a thing. But what I want to say is that they really fall for the lie that they eat, breath and cry, and not only that, but they fall for the lie that these are real living pets that were genetically engineered and consist of animals and humans genes, and that they have cardiovascular and skeletal systems.
They also started saying that Islam ban such a thing, again making Islam looking like the weak party that tries to ban anything that WE THINK might violate Islam and Christianity and make them look like they are the barriers in the way of technological advancement. And they started also mentioning the bad effects of such a thing on children life… bla bla bla.
I really appreciate that, but would you please take a moment to make sure about the reality of this thing? Apparently everything that they based their article on was just a copy paste from what is found on the site of this company. See the site here. But is this enough? I mean people in Jordan believe what ever is said to them, they once believed that Saddam was on the moon, so they just believe everything and for some people this will double their doubts in Allah and religions.
I saw the site, and I can tell you the site, unaware of it, had posted a link that shows they are lying. Just a little proof won’t hurt; they say the company is a Canadian company. In their site in the third tab that is called “meet”. In this page they try to tell you about the process used to create these little guys and provide links to the national geographic site. The third link is related to an article that is called “Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy”. The following paragraph is quoted from the second page of this article:
“Last year Canada passed the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which bans chimeras. Specifically, it prohibits transferring a nonhuman cell into a human embryo and putting human cells into a nonhuman embryo”.
And this ban is for stem cells researches where such creatures are destroyed at very early stages of their embryological form of life. So do you think they will allow mass production of such things for commercial purposes?
I would really recommend you to read the catalogue at the stupid company site. They claim that life has always been far away from balance and perfection until the human race emerged and hence then, life started to reach perfection. OMG!!! And they claim they are bioengineers? They also say that they want to market life as a commercial product and they believe that life is the same as the electric toaster that you have at kitchen and the game boy.
I really recommend you to read their site and the catalogue if you are up to some fun, and I promise you to laugh your guts out.