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Act now to stop animal cloning

Nov 15, 2007

Cloned Food: recipe for disaster

In a few short months, consumers like you may unknowingly purchase food from cloned animals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to announce that animals can be cloned for food and sold without labels indicating the origin. Most clone embryos die before birth, and many of the few clones that are born alive suffer from serious abnormalities and premature death.

Please call your Senators NOW 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.
Click here and select your state to find contact information for your two senators.

Not sure what to say?  See sample script below.

The FDA's preliminary report vouching for the safety of cloned foods, released in December, was widely criticized for being flawed and incomplete and resulted in over 150,000 comments from alarmed citizens who opposed the FDA plan. Two-thirds of Americans are opposed to animal cloning.

Joining in objection are Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) who have introduced Amendment #3524 to the federal Farm Bill to stop the FDA from allowing food from cloned animals into the market. The Amendment requests various government agencies to study the impacts of cloning, creating a wider knowledge base than provided in the earlier assessment, and address issues of animal welfare and public health.

The welfare of cloned animals

Animal suffering resulting from cloning is vast, with 95% of cloning attempts failing. In addition, many of the animals being cloned are those with particularly high productivity, such as cows with excessively large udders that produce more milk but also suffer from major leg problems and painful diseases. In a country where current farming practices already produce more meat than we can consume, we must consider the need for subjecting animals to such suffering.

Act Now!

Amendments to the Farm Bill could be decided on over the next few days by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Please call your own two 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.

You can find your Senators' phone numbers by selecting your state at the U.S. Senate website
Phone calls are the most effective way for you to appeal to your senators on this time-sensitive issue. 

Making a call is easy and takes only minutes.

Sample Script:
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm calling from [Your Town] to ask that Senator [Name] express 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. Thank you.

Really, it's that easy. Please make your calls today as time is running short for us to help the animals.  Thank you.

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