2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1120
Submitter : Mr. Mark Zeller Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:06
Organization : Mr. Mark Zeller
Category : Federal Government
Issue Areas/Comments
We are not ready to consume cloned animals or their by-products. There are too many unknowns genetically and medically regarding their condition and stability as living creatures. We certainly do not understand all there is to know about DNA, so we cannot possibly understand everything about cloned animals. There should be no rush to place this on the people. We do not need to clone animals for food. We've only recently learned how to accomplish cloning to begin with, so we cannot hurry into mass production. Also, the idea of cloning lends itself too easily to genetic manipulation of said animal. Therefore, we may end up with six-legged turkeys or cows with udders all over them if we continue down the path of cloned food. Science may one day prove definitively that properly cloned animals are safe and fit for human consumption. Until that day comes it is reckless to consider our present level of understanding sufficient enough to offer cloned animals to the marketplace. Most importantly, cloning animals is not natural by the present definition of the word. It is too risky to assume cloned animals would be safe for consumption on account of evolutionary fitness and natural selection. We may well be placing a large gap or retard in the correct evolutionary process by creating animals from scratch. Besides, everyone thinks it creepy. Listen to popular opinion and stop trying to determine what's right for the people.