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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

I am against the cloning of any animal period. Next we will be cloning humans. There is no point to it, and to those who do consume meat, be careful of this. I do not eat any meat at all. I am against it for many reasons, health and the killing of animals at all. We can live just fine from the land. Please do not do this!

Why would we clone animals when we wouldn't clone humans? I think that is morally and fundamentally wrong on so many levels. I think we have enough unneeded and dangerous chemicals and preservatives in our food supply already that the government allows without concern for our well being and health.

We already have enough problems with meat and diary. If E-coli, pesticides, anti-biotics and horomones in our food isn't already causing us great harm how about heart attacks, strokes, arteriosclerosis and a host of debilitating diseases. We already have enough on our plates (so to speak). We don't need to be guinea pigs for these new experiments. This is bad ethics and inhumane to top. NO on cloned animal by products and NO to cloned animals.

This is an act against both God and Nature. WE should not clone ANYTHING AT ALL>

I SAY HELL NO 2 THAT, IT IS IMMORAL AND GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD AND PURE.I BET YOU ANYTHING THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL NEVER HAVE CLONE MEAT ON HIS TABLE.

I am absolutely and firmly against using products from cloned animals and their offsprings. This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This concept of cloning and using the animal for its skin and or milk and such is unethical and downright ridiculous!

I think the whole idea of cloning is disgusting. This is not natural. Why would anyone want to eat something that has been tampered with or altered. I am a vegetarian, so I don't eat meat anyway. I don't think anyone in their right mind would want to touch that. This is interfering with process of life, and that can't be a good thing!

I am 100% against this. Has anyone in our government ever considered the long term side effects of cloning? Not to mention, who gave the government the position of playing God with innocent creatures? Will the public be fed the flesh of animals with birth defects from the cloning..... how will humans be affected by this? Let's go back to simpler times when our fruits, veggies and for those who eat animal flesh be all 100% natural. We are killing ourselves by eating engineered foods... what will come of our species 20 -30 years from now? What new diseases or increased illness will be upon us a result of tampering with the laws of nature? Please do not allow cloning to happen.....it is unethical and immoral. I ask our government officials, will they be the ones eating cloned meat?

The idea of cloning animals for food disgusts me. As far as I'm concerned this goes against the laws of nature and will lead to something probably even worse in the future. This is an unnecessary, immoral procedure. I don't see what good this will accomplish. Our health is already threatened today from problems we have brought about ourselves. The world has seen an alarming rise in new viruses and bacteria. Unleashing such a practice may create new challenges we cannot control. Abuse of power in the world today has led to a loss of respect for all life. Without that respect the world is charting a disastrous course set for destruction.

NO to cloning animals for any purpose especially for milk and meat...

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