2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC670
Submitter : Miss. Toni Stahlbuhk Date & Time: 01/04/2007 10:01:45
Organization : Miss. Toni Stahlbuhk
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I have supported cloning research since the news of Dolly, however, as a consumer I am actually scared to eat the products of cloned animals. I trust the FDA does a thorough job at researching the safety of cloned animal products, but frankly the current consumer is playing the role of the guinea pig. We do not know the long-term effects of consuming cloned animals. Logically the animal should be no different then the original cell donor, yet taking in to account the past drugs and hormones that have been injected into livestock makes me wonder what effect that will have in the cloning process. Then again most things I buy at the market are not natural anyways, so in time I should overcome this fear.

In addition, the FDA would find it wise to require livestock producers to make public their production methods. With the absurdity of lawsuits these days, someone who is apposed to cloning is bound to raise a fuss if they accidentally eat cloned meat. Since much of the American public does not care to be responsible for what they put in their mouths this includes all producers, markets, restaurants, even private dinner parties.

Finally, if through the process of cloning we are able to produced meat more efficiently (meaning more meat per acre of farm land) then I believe this will benefit society. The more land we make available for consumer crops (especially those we export) rather than livestock feed the better off we will be. However, if cloning changes nothing but the price of meat in our own nation, then I do not see the value in switching to clones.

If cloning goes into effect the courts will be full of frivolous lawsuits. So the main question the FDA should be looking at is, "Are the results worth the headache?"