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Tell the Bush Administration "No" to Cloned Milk and Meat

March 06, 2007 | Press Releases

The Bush Administration recently pronounced products from animal-cloning experiments safe for the retail market.

"This should be ringing alarm bells throughout the animal-advocacy field," said Lee Hall, legal director of Friends of Animals.

If the agency's report is adopted, the United States will be the first country to approve animal cloning in food production, and cloned flesh and dairy products could soon be in grocers' aisles.

Scientists will thereafter attempt to work out the kinks in their sheep and chicken cloning projects, and introduce genetically modified fish into the stream of commerce.

A voluntary moratorium on the sale of the milk and flesh of clones and their offspring has applied since 2001. The Food and Drug Administration tentatively approved the products in 2003, but retreated after its own advisory panel found insufficient scientific agreement. Now the FDA's ready to go again.

"Implicated in this promotion are multiple questions whose answers can only be found at a deeper level than a regulatory body can reach," said Lee Hall.

"The most fundamental question is: Why clone at all?"

Your Comments, Please
The FDA seeks comments from the public until 2 April 2007. For information, see http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01541.html

and scroll for the link to submit your electronic comments.
Note carefully:

The question you must answer is whether you oppose approving products from any cloned animals and their offspring for the retail market.

Please be clear in your comments that the animal-advocacy community will not be placated by labels or husbandry regulations. Regulating the relevant procedures does not mitigate the harm that cloning imposes.
To see submitted comments from which you may select points and phrase as you see fit, visit Friends of Animals' comments: http://www.friendsofanimals.org/programs/animal-rights/Safety_of_Animal_Clones.php. Feel free to quote and support Friends of Animals' comments.

For a background article, see "Mad Science: Cloned Milk and Meat on the Fast Track [http://tinyurl.com/3ar73m], presented in Satya magazine, a monthly publication focusing on vegetarianism, environmentalism, animal advocacy, and social justice.

Friends of Animals, headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, has been a global leader in animal rights advocacy since 1957.

Comments

Animals are not machines. We cannot treat animals as if they are factory output and mass produced identical products. They are not products any more than people are products. They are individuals with unique personalities that demand respect which does not include cloning them. Surely we can do better.

I must speak out on two fronts. First, for the meat-eating populace, of which I am not one: You are going to be poisoned by these dead cloned animals, who have been shown to have birth defects by the FDA itself! Seondly, as an animal advocate, I am apalled and disgusted once again by the FDA. Its laissez-faire attitude toward animals' suffering and description of these creatures as "stock" and "production" - they are living, breathing beings - who feel pain intensely, as we do! This is typical for the Bush administration - Texas meat or nothing!

Sounds like Frankenstein.

I say NO to cloned animals. Where are the compassion and ethics in bringing animals into the world to join the factory farm system. One of the commentors brought up the fact that we can feed the starving in the world and improve our own diets by eating legumes, fruits, and vegetables instead of meat. That it correct. We need to look at the BIG picture and the future rather than the narrow interests of the "ranchers." Thank you for listening.

Bigger pictures always lead to a clearer vision of what is! Please allow the more humane approach by accepting alternatives to the otherwise unethical approach to living with animals.

A note of reminder if you have not yet sent your comments to the FDA: It is a straightforward process to submit these. Go to the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01541.html and scroll for the link to submit your electronic comments. Note carefully: The question you must answer is whether you oppose approving products of cloned animals or their offspring for the retail market. We suggest opposing the FDA's recommendation to approve the practice of cloning in animal agribusiness. We further suggest clearly noting that the animal-advocacy community will not be placated by labels or husbandry regulations. Regulating the relevant procedures does not mitigate the harm that cloning imposes.

I oppose FDA approval of products from cloned animals. We do not need more meat, or more milk; there are no shortages of animal products here, or anywhere else in the world, from conventionally-bred animals. I oppose approval of cloning in agribusiness as it is another practice driven by profit disregarding its impact upon the consumer of such products. The only beneficiaries of the approval of cloning would be the companies that are engaged in these perverse and questionable experiments. Allowing cloned animal products would also harm our overseas markets- Europe and Asia didn’t want to buy our hormone-laden meats or genetically modified foods; they certainly won’t have anything to do with cloned meat or dairy from cloned animals. Labelling is not the answer either- we do not want the choice of cloned or not cloned. We never wanted, or needed cloned animal products. Period. The animals will suffer, the consumer does not benefit; only the corporations producing these frankenfoods will gain. There is not enough information and research. Genetic diversity and a varied food supply has nurtured the world in which we live. Cloning does not necessarily create disease resistance and there have been many instances of defects in the cloned animals. We do not know what the result of these experiments will be down the road, there could be disease vulnerability and other problems. We might find ourselves in a genetic disaster, all to benefit a few ethically challenged corporations. NO to cloning, in all its forms.

please don't do this

No No No

I really think that Bush and who else is involved, should not do this. Just think about what would happen if they let the cloned animals into the streams and rivers and such. What will happen when our animals get into that stream and eat the cloned animals? That can't be healthy. My answer is NO!

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