2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC789
Submitter : Ms. L Foxx Date & Time: 01/04/2007 10:01:11
Organization : Ms. L Foxx
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
The use of cloned animals in our national food chain is foolhardy at best. The long term impact of such a thing can not be determined by a few biochemical tests to compare proteins and enzymes. One argument Ive heard in favor of the practice is that the production of cloned animals is far too expensive to directly introduce them into the food chain. The industry would clone prize winning and/or highly productive animals, then use those cloned animals to breed naturally. This one degree of separation is an illusion. It is completely unknown at this time what alterations would be passed down to the offspring. In addition, the resulting reduction of the genetic diversity of the breeding population would leave our country wide open to the mass loss of millions of livestock animals due to disease, climate change or any of the thousands of things that can go wrong in the raising and maintaining of livestock. Consider the impact on our economy when other nations refuse to import meats and diary products from our country because any or all of them would be tainted by cloned origin. One has only to remember the havoc raised over Mad Cow Disease. Pause and consider the international ramifications weve encountered over the genetically altered crops that have been released into the world. I enjoy eating the products produced by American farms. However, I would never willingly consume meat or milk from a cloned animal or one of its descendants. I dearly hope that the FDAs decision is against such ill advised risk.