This is very sad, and so goddamn unnecessary, all just so humans can get bigger yields of food from other creatures. The only good thing about this article is that the cloning research has stopped. The horror is that it took them 13 years to figure out this was an workable idea in the first place.
Taking a tangential trip here, when I read this article to Jim, he said, "It didn't work because there's no soul matter..." meaning, the cloned animals lack "soul matter." This talk of souls has been big in our house lately; Jim is working on a section in his novel about souls: the origin, the matter, who wants them when we're done with them (if, indeed, we ever are done with them) and so on. At the same time he's been working on that, I've been reading Nick Redfern's Final Events and am at the part where he discusses the idea of souls and the aliens, or entities/"demons" who want them.
Massive animal cloning research project ended due to 90 percent death rate and 'unnecessary suffering'