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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

Aside from all the ethical dilemmas concerned with Cloning, and the general obesity of our great nation, the science of Cloning for food is simply genetically dangerous. Although Cloning is a genetic replication, nature has a tendency to find a way to change when it can. The scientific community simply does not have enough long-term data in the implications for cloned animals. Natural Selection has gotten us this far...And we have almost destroyed much of what it has accomplished. Are we really going to destroy the rest of it?

You poison our atmosphere, you poison our water and our earth and you expect us to eat cloned meat and drink cloned milk? I say no. It's bad enough that you kill us with your chemical experiments and now you want to kill us with your cloned meat and milk. You are a murderer!!!! Take your chemical experiments and go to hell. I refuse to eat or drink it.

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