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EU's Temporary Ban on Cloning Hypocritical, Indefensible

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Europe


"The EU today surprised and angered consumers with a half-hearted
'ban' on cloning in the EU that failed to extend the ban to imported
products from clones, and food from clone offspring.

"The Commission has completely dodged the real issues and placed the
EU in a completely hypocritical situation. They acknowledged the ethical
minefield posed by cloning, yet apparently feel it is ok to profit from
it as long as it happens outside the EU. It is an ethically
indefensible policy.

"What's worse, we have seen no indication that the Commission has in
any way dealt with the overwhelming public rejection of food from
cloning and consumers' fundamental right to know what they are eating.
We ask the Commission again: When will the food from clones and their
offspring carry a proper label?

"We will continue to urge the Parliament to reject this measure and
press for a complete ban on all foods from clones and their offspring.
Anything less perpetuates the horrendous suffering cloning brings and
does EU consumers a huge disservice."

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