Target: Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Protest the use of cloned animal products for consumption and ensure that any such products are clearly labeled.
The cloning of animals for food consumption has been a hot topic since the early 2000’s. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration publicly stated that the consumption of products which come from cloned animals are safe for consumption. The FDA made this claim with minimal scientific evidence backing its statement and with complete ignorance of the hard facts which suggest otherwise. In fact, in 2008, there were no scientific studies done on which to base such a conclusion since the cloning of animals was, and still is, a fairly new practice.
Today the FDA still claims that food products from cloned animals are undeniably safe because the animals used have the exact same genetic make-up as naturally born animals. However, it has been verified that “cloning does not produce identical ‘twins’ …[and] that clones from the same parent differ significantly from each other and from their parent animal.” There are also defects found in clones that are exceedingly rare in naturally born animals.
The FDA entirely ignored ethical issues of cloning when making this statement, and disregarded the fact that 150,000 American citizens opposed the legalization of selling cloned animal products for consumption. Perhaps most disturbing of all is that as consumers we cannot know if the food we are buying has been produced from a cloned animal’s offspring: the FDA does not require cloned food to be labeled. This is a direct blow to the American people’s rights, and something must be done. Cloned food products should not be allowed to be sold to the American public and at the very least such products should be labeled if made available for sale.
Dear Commissioner Margaret Hamburg,
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration stated that animal products produced from the offspring of cloned animals were safe for consumption. The Administration made this claim with little to no scientific evidence for support, and without consideration of the ethical standpoint of such a shift in food production.
Since 2008, many citizens have protested the development and sale of cloned food products, and yet the FDA continues to argue that such products are harmless and essentially equivalent to products produced from naturally born animals. Though there may not be ample evidence which suggests that cloned food products do cause harm, there is equally no evidence which supports the idea that it does not. Long term studies have not yet been done, and though the FDA claims that such studies need not be done because “cloning doesn’t put any new substances into an animal, so there’s no ‘new’ substance to test,” this statement ignores the fact that “cloning does not produce identical ‘twins’ …[and] that clones from the same parent differ significantly from each other and from their parent animal.”
The FDA is responsible for the safety of the American people, and the Administration is negating this responsibility through its ignorance and eagerness. Consider what the American people are telling you, and ban the cloning and use of cloned animals for food products. If nothing else, you must at the very least mandate regulations which would ensure that such products are labeled so that consumers may exercise their rights to choose to consume such products. By denying the public access to information about where their food comes from, you are denying the people of America their inherent rights.
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