The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved in early 2008 to let animal clones out of the lab and into the grocery store, despite massive opposition from animal protection and consumer advocacy groups, Congress, and the dairy industry. The agency announced that it had completed its risk assessment, flawed as it was, and concluded that food products from cloned animals are safe to consume. The decision would allow milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring to enter the food supply, without labels.
Food safety, however, is only one of the many issues that need to be examined before such a decision can be made. Scientists, for example, have repeatedly shown that cloning poses serious risks to animals
, as the vast majority of clones suffer from severe birth defects, painful disease, and premature death.
Numerous ethical concerns
have also been raised, and the majority of people
have stated they are opposed to cloning animals for food and would not buy cloned foods even if they are ‘safe.’
Our government needs to consider the impact of cloning on animal welfare and the ethical implications before allowing this technology to move forward. However, these questions have yet to be adequately addressed, much less resolved.
In a small sign that there is beginning to be an appreciation for the overwhelming public disapproval of animal cloning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed a voluntary moratorium on the sale of cloned animals, but not their offspring, for food while it examines the trade and market implications of introducing cloned animals into the food supply.
With our End Animal Cloning campaign, AAVS acts as advocates for farmed animals, educating the public about the animal welfare and ethical implications of cloning and seeking to keep meat and milk products from cloned animals and their offspring out of the human food and animal feed supply.
Animal cloning is cruel, experimental, and unnecessary. Just because we can
clone animals for food, doesn't mean we should