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Animal Cloning in Food Supply - 04/10/2007
 
VEGA comments on a European consultation
VEGA comments on a European consultation


The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies launched a consultation on animal cloning for food supply. Below are VEGA's comments.

What is in your opinion the main ethical concern about animal cloning for food supply?

The main ethical concern is the welfare of animals that are cloned. There will probably always be a higher rate of genetic deformity and illness amongst cloned animals, however much the technology is perfected. The primary aim of cloning will be to maximise food production, not the welfare of the animals involved.

Possible environmental and human health effects must be considered too.

What do you think should be done at EU level?

We believe that it is unethical to clone animals for any purpose and that an absolute ban on animal cloning whether for food or any other purpose is needed.

Recognising that some cloning is already carried out for research purposes, we would like to see at a minimum a ban on all use of cloned animals for food, including imports of products from cloned animals.

Also see FAWC's comments.
 

 
 

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