2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC930
Submitter : Ms. Stephanie Simpson Date & Time: 01/04/2007 11:01:02
Organization : Ms. Stephanie Simpson
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
When I heard it was decided that cloned animals are considered 'safe' for consumption, it made me sick to my stomach and I immediately decided to quit eating meat. Although I was relieved to find that there is still as of yet a ban on the use of cloned meat, that didn't lessen my worries on the subject by much. By cloning animals, you are trying to play God, regardless whether or not you decide to acknowledge that. In the assessment, it was mentioned that these cloned animal have nothing wrong that you wouldn't see in a non-cloned creature that's been modified using some other form of assisted reproductive technology although the defects are more common in the cloned ones, also that 'sick' clones had been removed. The assessment claims no harm will come from the consumption of these animals or their offspring, but what if you're all wrong? Something that no one knows yet to look for may be lurking either in some present creature or in one yet to come. Compare this situation with the tobacco industry. For the longest time, it was thought to be safe but as the years passed, more and more terrible things were attributed to the stuff, most notably cancer. If cloned animals and their offspring are introduced into our diets, how can you be sure that something similar won't eventually happen, especially if you don't require it to be stated on packaging that the contents are from something cloned. What if an epidemic of some new disease or sickness starts, or massive occurences of unexplained birth deformities become common, and then come to find out, some anomoly not before noticed in these manufactured beasts is to blame? Until all uncertainities and possibilities have been fully researched, I do not believe cloned animals should become a part of our food supply. A lot of people in this country don't do proper research on important matters, they simply believe whatever they hear or see in the media. Make an effort to publicize all aspects of this issue, don't just let the positive and neutral facets get all the attention. People should be aware of all risks involved. I would hate for the world to have to learn the hard way (because of sickness and maybe deaths) that cloned animals are not as safe to eat as you say.