In a press release I received on Dec. 28, The Humane Society of the United States criticized the Food and Drug Administration for "moving closer towards approving the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring."
"American consumers are increasingly concerned about the treatment of animals raised and slaughtered for food," said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. "Although numerous studies have shown that animals in cloning research can and do suffer, no mention was made by FDA that the welfare of these animals or their surrogate mothers was given any consideration during the agency’s deliberations."
According to The HSUS press release, the animals involved in cloning research suffer from myriad problems. The society is urging a moratorium on the issue until mandatory rules can be established for food safety, and ethical issues on cloning can be examined.
I couldn’t agree more.
For more details about what happens to the animals used in cloning research, how the public feels about cloning, and other related issues, see http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/the_humane_society_of_the_25.html
You can also find more interesting information about The HSUS’s important work to end cockfighting, helping live wild animals keep their own fur coats, and lots more at http://www.hsus.org/