Target: European Commission
Goal: Support efforts to ban meat and milk products made from cloned livestock
The European Commission has begun an initiative to ban meat and milk products from cloned livestock. Most European Union citizens are in support of this proposed law, which would apply to cows, sheep, pigs, goats and horses. However, this law does not apply to meat and milk products produced by the offspring of cloned animals. Demand that the European Commission also ban meat and milk products from cloned livestock offspring.
Not only are meat and milk products produced by the offspring of cloned livestock still sold and consumed, they are done so unbeknownst to consumers. The European Commission does not require products of cloned offspring to be labeled, claiming that labeling would be too complicated and expensive, and could anger their trade partners.
The offspring of cloned animals share the same genetic makeup as their cloned parents. If most citizens of the European Union oppose the sale and consumption of meat and milk products from cloned animals, it is probable that they would also oppose products from these cloned animals’ offspring.
Most importantly, people have the right to know the origins and contents of the food they eat. If products from the offspring of cloned animals are to be in circulations in supermarkets, consumers deserve to have the products clearly labeled, so as to know what they are putting into their bodies. For ethical, religious, or health reasons, not labeling food properly can be dangerous and inconsiderate. Tell the European Commission to ban foods produced by the offspring of cloned animals, and in the meantime, to at least label these foods so consumers can choose whether or not they feel comfortable eating them.
Dear European Commission,
Thank you for your efforts to ban meat and milk products from cloned animals. However, meat and milk products from the offspring of these cloned animals are still being sold and consumed, unbeknownst to customers. Please ban products from the offspring of cloned animals as well. These offspring share the same genetic makeup as their parents, posing the same risks as if they themselves were cloned. It does not make sense to ban one and not the other. Ban meat and milk from the offspring of clones.
In the meantime, the meat and milk products from the offspring of cloned animals should be labeled as such. Currently, there is no labeling system for these products, due to laziness and greed. Customers deserve to know what they are putting into their bodies. For ethical, religious, and health reasons, people have a right to know what they are consuming. Until products from the offspring of cloned animals are banned, label them properly so customers can choose for themselves what they would like to eat and support with their purchasing power.
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