2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1050
Submitter : Ms. Amy Grant Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:15
Organization : Ms. Amy Grant
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I just wanted to give you my opinion on the cloning of animals for human consumption. Please give more thought as to the consequences of cloning on the loss of genetic diversity of animal stocks. I really do not understand what the benefit of cloning animals is. Saving a few dollars? Is it really worth it? When is reducing the genetic variability of a population EVER beneficial? We are living in an age of a rapidly changing environment and if we limit ourselves to dependance on reduced geneticlly variable populations of animals for our feed, we are leaving ourselves very vulnerable to animal populations that cannot adapt to their changing environment. An animal that may be healthy under today's conditions, may not be deemed healthy in the future. Pathogens invade new niches when conditions change and how are we to predict what new diseases might infect our food stocks? What is your definition of healthy? This is a key idea, as 'healthy' meat which would fetch the highest price at market does not neccessarily equate to a healthy immune or other body systems of the animal.

Thank you for listening

A. Grant