Cloning Intensifies Animal Suffering
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Cloning Intensifies Animal Suffering

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Recent articles revealing that cloned meat has entered the UK food supply have sparked a debate concerning the potential health risks of eating flesh from cloned animals; however, one thing about which there can be no debate is that cloning will cause animals extreme suffering.

Grown inside artificially inseminated surrogate mothers, cloned animals are genetic replicas of other animals. The process of insemination is known to be so stressful that UK law requires that a general or epidural anaesthetic be administered prior to the transfer of cattle embryos.

These unnatural pregnancies cause mothers to continue to suffer long after the insemination process is complete. Cloned calves are usually heavier than naturally conceived calves, which means the mothers often endure a painful birthing process and often require Caesarean sections. Mortality rates amongst young cloned animals are extremely high, both during pregnancy and infancy. The animals are also likely to have defective immune systems and to suffer from heart failure, respiratory difficulties and muscle and joint problems.

Selective breeding of animals for food pushes these sensitive creatures to their absolute physical limit as farmers seek to produce animals with rapid growth rates and high yield production. As more animals are cloned, any health problems are simply exacerbated and immunity against diseases is weakened. Cows who are bred to produce excessively high levels of milk often suffer from lameness as a result of the unnatural size and weight of their udders.

In a positive step for the animals, the European Parliament recently voted to ban the sale of meat and milk taken from clones and their offspring. There is nothing natural or acceptable about cloning. It leads to increased suffering for animals, many of whom already suffer greatly on today’s factory farms. Animals are not ours to use as machines. We should be looking to reverse this immoral trend in farming in which the rights and needs of animals are traded for higher profit margins. Please help by removing meat, eggs and dairy products from your diet. To order your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, which is full of great recipes and tips on making the switch to an animal-friendly diet, click here.

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  1. The whole idea of this is SO wrong. It shud not b allowed!!

  2. avatar raul says:

    this should had never even been thought of but this is a world and in this world most be everything but realy this is one thing they should realy stop cloning only god could do this job only god no one else boy what is it going to take for people to know that theres a god in this world other wise this would have never been a world and the best thing about this world is that god lets u do what u want to do with this world he will even let u blow it up but realy do u want to blow it up no right then thats the same as cloning lets just leave this one alone if it does all this damage then there is a reason for that because no one could play god in any way thank u very much for ready what i feel

  3. avatar amii says:

    its pretty much disgusting how people are so greedy theyd actually do this, but what im conerned about at the moment is that in england there planning on making a huge battery farm industury for cows in which i believe many animals would suffer as its says the farm would hold thousands of animals andit just seems that theyd be using the cows and like draining them of there milk. cows are susposed to be free to roam in fields -rawr-. please if you find any more information about this, could you write an article about it so others an see what im talkin about if they havnt alredy.

  4. avatar KT says:

    This is awful! Plus I suspect people think that clones are somehow inferior to other animals and therefore this will mean even more cruelty happens.

  5. avatar Stevin says:

    This whole thing is just one persons opinion without any real evidence. There has been studies done and no study has ever shown and stress increase due to cloning or any other health hazards. I’m not saying its right to clone and I’m for PETA but this is just ridiculous. It makes PETA seem like a group of crazy radicals, much like the south park episode. Show your proof if you are going to make such outrageous statements.

  6. avatar Natasha says:

    I didn’t know that cloning was legal outside of lab experiments BUT WOW cloning is being used as food on our table and means for higher profit margins in the food industry…….HMMMMM thats awful

  7. avatar Jasmine Chen says:

    i have no idea how these “people” sleep at night knowing that they’re injuring and killing innocent animals!!!

  8. avatar Nishaa Heart' says:

    This Is Wrong. ALL WRONG. And People Are Going To Actually EAT CLONED MEAT.?! REALLY.?!! I Mean., Look At The Health Risks The Animals Suffer From Cloning. Do The Humans Think They’re Immune To It.? 3 Words For Ya-NOT THAT SUPERIOR. Let Nature Take Care Of Pro Creation. Thats What Sex Is For., Science Nerds Of The World Who Think Just Because You Dont Get Any The Animals Should’nt Either. Lames.

  9. avatar SD says:

    I would very much like to see references to scientific journal’s backing up claims of health risks to humans, and welfare risks to animals. Yes there are examples of birth defects and gestation problems; however a large proportion of this is attributed to other steps in the cloning process, that are also used for many other procedures, which are not being attacked. Has nobody thought about the positive side of cloning, if they manage to perfect it? Breeding only female laying hens would stop the death of millions of male chickens each year. The same would go for dairy cows. They could breed hornless bulls to prevent painful de-horning methods. It could potentially mean an unprecedented step in favour of animal welfare. I’m a vegetarian, and feel the same horror at cruelty that many of you do, but we’ve got to stop condemning every scientific advancement. There are actually scientists who care a great deal for animals, and a lot of money is currently being injected into the field to find new methods of measuring and ensuring animal welfare.

  10. avatar Gema says:

    I am horified about this happening to animals it is against animal rights. This is a disgrace.!!!!!!

    HOW WOULD YOU LIKE GETTING STUCK IN A TINY CAGE AND GETTING TESTED ON YOU WOULDENT SO WHY DO IT TO ANIMALS THEY DOI HAVE FEELINGS TO YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!

    I AM NOT HAPPY!!!!

  11. avatar reagan adams says:

    What Peta isn’t telling people is they do not always create exact replicas of living breathing animals, they’re simply creating new muscle cells that have no living existance at all. READ THIS: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/meat-without-murder/
    This process is ingenius!

  12. avatar Leah Stroud says:

    I would like to make a point. This article is seriously incorrect Artificial Insemination is actually in a lot of ways better for cattle especially horses and cloning does not hurt animals. When an animal is cloned it isn’t just a random farmer doing this and it takes a lot of work and schooling to perform this act the birth weights and size of the animal is already going to be known and so the person performing the Embryo transplant would know what cow would need to be used to give birth to this animal, and high yeilding milk animals are never in pain for their milk production or udder size their bred to be able to obtain these weights.
    I am attending college to learn how to clone and AI and perform Embryo Transplants in animals this profession actually HELPS animals.

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