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RE: [animalrights-177] Support Amendment to Prevent Animal Cloning in Farm Bill!

From: Rebekah
Sent on: Thursday, November 8, 2007 7:58 PM
Sadly, the cloned animals that don't end up in the human food supply, will
likely end up in your pet's.  I found this site the other day.  It's very
disturbing.  http://www.api4an...­ 

Regards,
Rebekah

-----Original Message-----
From: [address removed]
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Sent: Thursday, November 08,[masked]:26 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [animalrights-177] Support Amendment to Prevent Animal Cloning in
Farm Bill!

Support Amendment to Prevent Animal Cloning in Farm Bill! URGENT
ACTION NEEDED!  (Action alert from AAVS)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce in the
next few months that animals can be cloned for food and sold without
labels. The FDA released its preliminary assessment last December,
vouching for the safety of cloned foods, but this analysis was highly
flawed and inadequate. In response, alarmed citizens like you sent in
over 150,000 comments opposing the FDA's plans and expressed concern
over the numerous problems associated with cloning that the FDA has
refused to examine.

As a result, Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Arlen Specter (R-PA)
have introduced Amendment #3524 to the Farm Bill to prevent the FDA
from moving forward on cloning. The Amendment asks for studies that
will fill the gaps in the FDA's assessment and address concerns over
the animal welfare, economic impact, and public health implications of
allowing cloned animals into the food supply.

An average of 95 percent of cloning attempts fail, resulting in
disease, deformity, and premature death for the overwhelming majority
of animals involved. Scientific studies consistently demonstrate that
clones, as well as the surrogate mothers who carry the pregnancies,
suffer greatly. What's more, the dairy industry has stated that there
is no consumer benefit to animal cloning, and is worried that the use
of cloned animals will hurt small farmers and U.S. trade. Denmark has
already banned cloning, and the European Union is examining the issue
closely.

Given that cloning poses such a serious threat to animal welfare and
jeopardizes the safety of our food supply, it is not surprising that
two-thirds of Americans are opposed to animal cloning. Please support
Senator Mikulski and Specter's Amendment #3524 to stop the FDA from
allowing cloned animals into the food supply. Once cloned animals
taint the food supply, undetected, we cannot go back.

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) are the managers
of the Farm Bill and will determine over the next few days which
amendments to accept. We urge you to contact your Senators and ask
them to express their SUPPORT to Senators Harkin and Chambliss for the
Mikulski-Specter Amendment #3524 to the Farm Bill that would prevent
the FDA from moving forward on animal cloning until the relevant
concerns can be addressed.

You can find your Senators' contact information by entering your zip
code at www.Congress.org.

Please call or write today! A sample letter is provided below.
However, it is even more effective if you can personalize it.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am contacting you to urge your support for the Mikulski-Specter
Amendment #3524 to the Senate version of the Farm Bill. This Amendment
addresses the essential need for a more complete assessment of the
public health, animal welfare, and economic impacts of cloning animals
for food before the FDA makes a final decision.

The FDA released a preliminary assessment last December regarding the
safety of food products derived from cloned animals and their progeny.
However, this assessment was widely criticized for being highly flawed
and incomplete. The studies in the Mikulski-Specter Amendment address
elements not included in the FDA's initial risk assessment. These
studies should generate a discussion on a variety of issues, including
ethical and animal welfare concerns with animal cloning.

The fact is, more than 95% of cloning attempts fail, resulting in
disease, deformity, and premature death for the overwhelming majority
of animals involved. Two-thirds of Americans are opposed to cloning
animals for food, and the dairy industry has stated that there is no
consumer benefit to animal cloning. Many worry that concerns about the
safety of the food supply and animal welfare will result in consumers
rejecting cloned foods. Yet the impacts of introducing cloned animals
into the food supply, unlabeled, on public health, the domestic
economy, and international trade have yet to be studied. Congress must
consider the ethical and animal welfare impacts before FDA moves
forward and allows cloned animals on the market.

Once cloned animals taint the food supply, undetected, there will be
no going back. Congress should prohibit the FDA from lifting the
voluntary moratorium on animal cloning until the relevant concerns
have been addressed.

Please support the Mikulski-Specter Amendment #3524 to the Farm Bill
and urge Senators Harkin and Chambliss to include it in their
manager's package.

Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Your address]

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Armaiti May, D.V.M.
Dr. May's Veterinary House Calls
Serving dogs and cats in West LA
www.drmayvethousecal­ls.com
Phone: (310)[masked]
Fax: (310)[masked]



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