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• Cloned Meat and Poultry Products

Link: http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Safety-Legislation/European-Parliament-votes-for-comprehensive-cloning-ban

No turning back PLEASE!

Second Anniversary of the European Parliamentary vote for a comprehensive ban

September 2015

Cloning Farm Animals for Meat

Update and

• Petition to the European Parliament
to prevent this

Date of Vote : Tuesday 8th September 2015

UK Labour MEPs fully supported the report against the cloning of farm animals then ...

They were of the opinion that the proposal made initially by the Commission should go much further and completely ban the use of cloning in animal production for farm purposes of all animal species and as such, should take the form of a regulation

They also supported a ban on the imports of germinal products from cloned animals and their descendants as well as the imports of food products from cloned animals and their descendants. This has been a long standing position of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, which has led debate in the European Parliament against animal cloning for many years

Labour MEPs then believed that prohibition was necessary, in line with expectations of the public, concerns about welfare conditions of cloned animals, threats to biodiversity and the current situation in the European agricultural sector which does not need to resort to cloning in animal reproduction

Moreover, Labour MEPs demand from the EU Member States to ensure that all animals imported into the EU are proven not to be clones or descendants thereof, and that no food or germinal products derived from clones or their offspring are imported into the EU. They expect the European Commission and the authorities of EU Member States to ensure this ban to applies in the entire EU single market

Importantly, the prohibition of the placing on the EU market of cloned animals, their offspring and products derived from them would entail a requirement for the EU's trading partners to introduce traceability and labelling requirements akin to those long implemented in the EU. This will, in effect, benefit EU farmers, food producers and consumers by reinforcing the global outreach of Europe's leading animal welfare and food standards. Furthermore, by pursuing a requirement of traceability and labelling, the EU would be able to inflict significant pressure on our partners in any trade negotiations, including TTIP. (sic !!?!) Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling led the work of the International Trade Committee for this legislation. She secured the inclusion of amendments in the committee to make the proposed temporary ban permanent, and to broaden it to clones' offspring, while ensuring that this would be compatible with the EU's obligations in the World Trade Organisation

The Plenary vote was on 8th September

• The legislation would ban the cloning of farm animals in Europe,

and introduce a number of other restrictions, such as banning embryos and semen from clones and their descendants

• Cloning injects a new danger into the way we produce food and takes farming in the wrong direction. It has no environmental, social or health benefits, other than to help make intensive farming even more intensive

• Crucially, cloned animals and the surrogate mothers who carry them suffer horrendous health and welfare problems

• This includes a higher likelihood of pregnancy failure in clone-carrying cattle and pigs and increased frequencies of abnormal or difficult births. Only 1 in 7 cloned cattle embryos and 1 in every 16 pig embryos are born alive. Many of those that do make it to birth die before weaning

• The political process for deciding whether farm animals can be cloned is going to be a long one, with many European authorities able to have their say

• EU farming should lead by example and reflect the European ideals of justice, equality and fairness. Our food must genuinely be the best in the world to be different to, and better compete with, cheaply produced, intensive food from other parts of the world

• The Original European-wide Public Consultation on
Animal Cloning for Food Production ended in September 2012

• The Original European-wide Public Consultation on
Animal Cloning for Food Production ended in September 2012
In 2013 The European Commission began to prepare legislation on the cloning of animals for food production. Cloning has severe welfare implications, both for surrogate mothers and the clones themselves. You can help get this cruel practice banned in the EU

A new EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy was appointed in 2013. This Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the new cloning legislation. Please ensure that this new(ish) Commissioner is aware that the full weight of public opposition to cloning for food production. Please sign the CIWF petition - and ask your friends to

Would you knowingly eat cloned meat?

• The (US) Food Center, Washington, DC is spearheading the Campaign AGAINST
Cloned animals being used in foods in the US

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