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The public is encouraged to submit comments to the FDA. You can find FDA contact info, etc at the AAVS website (http://www.aavs.org/animalcloning_sampleletter.html)

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From: AAVS

Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2006 12:22 PM

Subject: FDA Gives Green Light To Cloning Animals for Food Despite New Survey Indicating Overwhelming Public Concern

AMERICAN ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY

N E W S R E L E A S E

For Release: December 28, 2006

Contact: Tracie Letterman, Executive Director, American Anti-Vivisection Society, (215)887-0816, [email protected]

Nina Mak, Research Analyst, American Anti-Vivisection Society, (215)887-0816, [email protected]

FDA Gives Green Light To Cloning Animals for Food Despite New Survey Indicating Overwhelming Public Concern

December Survey Indicates 66% Disapprove of Cloning Animals for Food;

87% Believe Ethical and Moral Issues Need to Be Addressed

Jenkintown, PA Despite overwhelming public concern surrounding cloning animals for food, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave a green light moving milk and meat from cloned animals one step closer to grocery store shelves today. In a December 2006 national survey conducted for the American Anti-Vivisection Society (www.endanimalcloning.org), two-thirds (66%) of those surveyed are opposed to animal cloning for food. Upon learning that the process involves animal suffering, the disapproval rate increased to 88 percent.

With 96 to 99 percent of cloning attempts causing death or severe health problems to the animals involved, there is widespread recognition in the scientific and medical communities that cloning presents serious risks to animals.

Cloning is a highly inefficient, experimental, and unpredictable technology that presents serious threats to animal welfare. The cloning process uses hundreds of animals to produce one clone, said Tracie Letterman, Executive Director of AAVS. Just because we can clone animals for food, doesnt mean we should. AAVS also released a report, What About the Animals: The Truth About Cloning Animals for Food, in conjunction with FDAs announcement today.

According to the AAVS survey, 87 percent said they believe the government needs to ensure that the ethical issues related to animal cloning are publicly discussed before allowing cloned animals to be sold as food. The telephone survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (www.opinionresearch.com) the week of December 11, 2006 with 1,031 respondents.

The next step is a 90-day public comment period. If FDAs position is upheld, cloned food products will be permitted on the market and it is unlikely that these products will be labeled as food from cloned animals.

According to AAVS, the impact of cloning animals for food on animal welfare has yet to be adequately addressed by FDA, much less resolved.

FDA should not be permitted to proceed in a regulatory vacuum, said Letterman. Because of the imperfect cloning process, cloning animals for food involves more than just food safety animal suffering and other ethical issues must be considered. We urge concerned consumers and animal advocates to express their concerns by contacting their congressional representatives and Health and Human Services.

Founded in 1883, AAVS (www.aavs.org) is the oldest organization in the United States working on behalf of animals in laboratories. AAVS pursues its objectives through legal and effective advocacy, education, and the support of the development of non-animal alternative methods.

Crystal Schaeffer, M.A. Ed.

Outreach Director

American Anti-Vivisection Society

801 Old York Rd., #204

Jenkintown, PA 19046

phone: (215)887-0816

fax: (215)887-2088

[email protected]

www.aavs.org

www.NoPetCloning.org

www.StopAnimalPatents.org

www.BanPoundSeizure.org
 

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I prefer if they could just jump ahead to cloning meat, instead of whole animals, but either way I think it's preferable to current systems. This will reduce animal suffering, so I support it.
 

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I hate living in the U.S.

To where can I move?

Any suggestions, anyone?
Scandinavian welfare states. But there's more government interference there
 

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Another good reason to go vegan. If they aren't going to label it as coming from a cloned animal, I'm not buying any more milk.

This might be a stupid question, but why do they want to clone these animals to make milk and meat? Is it easier than breeding them?
 

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Another good reason to go vegan. If they aren't going to label it as coming from a cloned animal, I'm not buying any more milk.

This might be a stupid question, but why do they want to clone these animals to make milk and meat? Is it easier than breeding them?
There's a good bit of work toward cloning the muscle rather than the whole creature. Vat-O-Meat.
 

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I don't know if I could handle living in a land of scary clowns.
OMG that make me LOL!

I need to read up on this cloning crap, as I still don't get it. On second thought, maybe I don't want to understand?
 

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I heard about this a few weeks ago and posed the question to my omni friends at work...'would you buy/eat products from cloned animals?'

I was surprised that most of them had no problem with it as long as they knew that it came from a cloned animal and was labelled accordingly. I don't know why I was surprised, but I guess when you are a meat eater, if you are able to 'look the other way' as to how the meat is processed, you don't care much where it comes from!
 
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