China is causing online alarm with plans to build the world's largest animal cloning factory producing dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a year.
The 200m yuan (£20.5m) plant is backed by Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife and South Korea's Sooam Biotech and will include cloning laboratories and a gene bank, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The new plant in the northern port of Tianjin intends to produce such animals as pet and police dogs, racehorses and cows, which will then be sold on the open market.
It will start production next year.
"Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand," said Boyalife chairman Xu Xiaochun.