MEPs to vote on a ban on animal cloning, cloned food, feed and imports
Parliament votes Tuesday on a draft law banning the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports, in the EU. MEPs beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal, citing high mortality rates at all development stages of cloning and EU citizens’ animal welfare and ethical concerns.
Given that animals are already cloned for farming purposes in certain third countries, the law would make it illegal to import animals, their germinal products and food and feed of animal origin from third countries unless the import certificate shows that they are not clones or their descendants.
High mortality rates at all development stages
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a 2008 opinion that the health and welfare of a significant proportion of clones had been found to be adversely affected, often severely and with a fatal outcome. These effects contribute to cloning’s low efficiency rates, of 6 to 15% for bovine and 6% for porcine species. Furthermore, clone abnormalities and unusually large offspring result in difficult births and neonatal deaths.
Citizens disapprove of cloning
MEPs cite consumer research findings that EU citizens strongly oppose the consumption of food from animal clones or from their descendants and that the majority also disapprove of the use of cloning for farming purposes, on animal welfare and general ethical grounds.
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading
Debate/vote: Tuesday, 8 September
Press conference: Tuesday, 8 September, 15.00
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