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February 12, 2008

California reintroduces clone labeling bill

This news is not brand new. On January 24, 2008,California Senator Barbara Migden introduced Senate Bill 1121, which would require cloned animals to be identified and food products to be labeled:

This bill would require a every livestock producer, as defined, who sells or transfers any cloned animal or its progeny to disclose to the buyer or transferee that the animal is cloned or is the progeny of a cloned animal, as specified. It would also require food for human consumption that contains any product from a cloned animal or its progeny to be labeled to indicate that the food includes the product of a cloned animal or its progeny, as specified. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Read the whole of SB 1121 on the Center for Food Safety website.

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Kudos to California Senator Barbara Migden! According to the Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit farm policy research group, the realities of cloning include some disturbing phenomena:

• 64% of cattle, 40% of sheep, and 93% of cloned mice exhibit some form of abnormality, with a large percentage of the animals dying during gestation or shortly after birth

• High rates of late abortion and early prenatal death, with failure rates of 95% to 97% in most mammal cloning attempts

• Defects such as grossly oversized calves, enlarged tongues, squashed faces, intestinal blockages, immune deficiencies, and diabetes

• When cloning does not produce a normal animal, many of the difficult pregnancies cause physical suffering or death to the surrogate mothers

Posted by: Jeff Deasy | Feb 15, 2008 6:45:31 AM

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