Thursday, 5 August 2010

Beware of Cloned Animals

Update: 21 June 2014

This article was written at the time when cloned cattle were in the news.  But now, we have at least one cloned dog in the UK thanks to South Korean Sooame Biotech.  I haven't looked to see if the law on cloned animals for food products has changed, but if it hasn't it will probably soon be legal.  Back in 2010, I wrote this three prong argument.  I also wrote a poem called Cloning Craze.  The real problem with cloning is that corporations (the B'org) will be able to patent cloned animals and make them all the same.  This does not bode well for our food supply. 

Back in 2010, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) was claiming that it could authorise cloned animal foods as novel foods.  Despite its claims that it could do this, meat and milk from cloned animals could not be authorised in the UK. But, there was no specific ban on it. The European Executive was making a new regulation on novel foods that would ban cloned animals. I explained this in my Blog article called FSA Makes Law on Cloned Animals.  But see also a Guardian article called Clone-derived meat entered UK food chain last year, says FSA (3 August 2010).

Secondly, cruelty to animals was claimed to be the biggest concern with cloned animals. The RSPCA is the organisation entrusted with the welfare of animals in the UK and they took on board the cloned animal issue and put an article on their website, RSPCA Concern over recent cloned animal claims. Oddly enough, this page is no longer available, but instead there's a picture of a dog (cloned one?).

Thirdly, it is claimed by the FSA and others that cloned animal food is safe to eat. However, as with most so-called scientific evidence bandying about, it is a matter of opinion and speculation based on propaganda.  And 'safe' in this context is not necessarily nutritious or healthy.