Public consultation on animal cloning for food production in the EU
Posted on 07/05/2012
On 3 May, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the cloning of animals for food production. The consultation will run until 3 September and will feed into a Commission impact assessment prior to publishing their proposal on cloning expected early 2013.
Cloning is a technique used to produce identical copies of highly-performing animals. As well as being very inefficient, 90% of embryos fail to survive, cloning causes both the mother and offspring serious health and welfare problems.
Eurogroup is opposed to the cloning of animals and urges the EU to recognise the concerns of Europe’s citizens as well as the impact cloning has on the welfare of animals. This will be achieved by introducing an immediate ban on the cloning of animals for food production, and on the import and sale of animal clones, their offspring and descendants and food products from animal clones and their offspring as well as semen and embryos from animal clones.