MEPs support total ban on cloning farm animals in Europe

I posted briefly on the topic of animal cloning a few months ago and how a majority of MEPs were against animal cloning.

Well, on September 8th, MEPs voted in favour of a “partial cloning ban”, to cover farm animals, their offspring and imported cloned food and feed.

The European Commission wanted to originally ban the import of cloned animals but not their offspring, and the argument was also put forward that animal cloning could improve animal welfare in the future.

This argument was shot down by Parliament however, with MEPs stating that only 10% of cloned animals survive and that many of those that do are deformed or die young.

The next step will be a final round of talks with member states before it becomes law.

Watch clips from the plenary session.

Read the press release from the European Parliament website.

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