Cloning of animals for food
ABOUT THE ISSUE
Cloning is a technique of artificial reproduction to create identical animals. Animal cloning involves stressful handling of the animals used as mother. The process is inefficient, with very low rates of success: 10% in cattle, 6% in pigs. Animals are submitted to painful handling and suffer numerous health problems. In addition, farm animals are seen more as commodities rather than sentient beings.
EU consumers and citizens are against this technique to produce food.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT SITUATION
In the EU food from animal clones must be authorised before being sold, but no other rule exists. The European Parliament has expressed its support to ban animal cloning for food and the import and sale of food products from clones and descendants. The European Food Safety Authority highlighted the huge animal welfare and health concerns. The European Group of Ethics has stated ethical concerns. The European Commission, however, fears possible problems with trade partners.
WHAT ARE WE CALLING FOR
- An immediate EU ban on the cloning of animals for food production, on the sale and imports of food products from cloned animals and their descendants.
- Retailers not to sell products from animal clones and their descendants in their shops.
- Full traceability for animal clones and products.
- Council of the EU: Conciliation on novel foods failed
- European Parliament: Novel Foods talks collapse on Council refusal to label clone-derived products
- Commissioner Dalli: Statement on the lack of agreement in the conciliation procedure on the Novel Food Regulation
- EFSA's statement on cloning (2012)
- EFSA's opinion on cloning (2008)
- EGE opinion (2008)
- Eurobarometer survey (2008)
- European Parliament Resolution (2008)
- Eurogroup's submission to public consultation (2012)
- Eurogroup's statement to Commission (2012)
- Press release 'Consumers and animals let down by failure to ban food from cloning in the EU' (March 2011)
- Open letter to all EU Commissioners (January 2009)
- Statement on animal cloning for food production (October 2008)
- Open letter to President Barroso (February 2008)