Cloned Animals?

Cloning is the process of creating copies of DNA fragments, cells or organisms. Scientists have been effectively cloning animals for quite some time. It’s just a matter of time until humans start emerging from test tubes.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a report concluding that food from cloned animals is as safe as that from normal animals. The FDA will also not require labeling of foods from cloned animals. This is a huge problem because Americans have no idea what they’re putting into their bodies without any labels, especially for topics such as cloning animals and having over 70-75% of our food supply being genetically modified without even knowing it.

Center for Food Safety (CFS) also cited several health and safety problems in animal cloning including: Surrogate mothers are treated with high doses of hormones; clones are often born with severely compromised immune systems and frequently receive massive doses of antibiotics. This opens an avenue for large amounts of veterinary pharmaceuticals to enter the human food supply. Also, imbalances in clones’  hormone, protein, and/or fat levels could compromise the quality and safety of meat and milk. Doesn’t this bother anyone??

The National Academy of Sciences warned that commercialization of cloned livestock for food production could increase the incidence of food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli infections; Cloning commonly results in high failure rates and defects such as intestinal blockages; diabetes; shortened tendons; deformed feet; weakened immune systems; dysfunctional hearts, brains, livers, and kidneys; respiratory distress; and circulatory problems. The public deserves to know where their food is coming from, especially if there are uncertain risks to individual’s health.

Cloned animals tend to have more problems during childbirth as well as physical deformities. For example, oversized navels and oddly shaped heads (Cows that have heads shaped like bulldogs). Did you know it costs $20,000 to clone a cow? Is this worth all that money to have a potential threat to the human population by consuming uncertain meats or dairy and treating animals in this way?

Not labeling food products in the United States as well giving the public foods to ingest that may have a risk to human health without them knowing is a huge problem in this nation. It is something we all should be thinking about when we pick out our foods. We need to become more knowledgeable of these certain topics and stand up for our rights.

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2 thoughts on “Cloned Animals?

  1. I think you make a good point about labeling being a really huge issue here. The beautiful farms that are on packages of food products are rarely the reality of where that food came from. I personally don’t have issues with genetic cloning as a process. Like you said, it is simply the process of making a copy of something. Where the issues arise is in all of the things you mentioned about the health of the cloned animals.

    The bigger issue here seems to be fixing perceptions of food – realizing that when you eat a plate of chicken or your favorite meat, that animal was raised for solely that purpose. It likely had a pretty horrible life, until it was slaughtered, which was likely equally as horrible. Until we work on this, although cloning gets a bad name, I don’t think cloning is as big of an issue as the food industry at large.

    I know many of our vegetables come from GMO’s, but does any meat really come form clones?

    • My main concern was the labeling of the cloned food products because we don’t know the certain risks of eating these meats. We know the risks for the animals and the bad treatment that they receive to be cloned, but we don’t really know the effects of the cloned animals on human’s health quite yet. This is the reason why we don’t know if they’re safe yet to be eating… and shouldn’t the United States have the right to know what they are consuming? The labeling policy in the U.S is my main concern here, on GMOs and cloned animals. It seems the US doesn’t want the public to be knowledgable or aware of what they are consuming because of the fact that the big companies are making money and food at a faster pace.

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