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EU Proposes Ban on Cloning Farm Animals, Sale of Clone Meat

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Farm-animal cloning should be banned in the European Union, along with imports of cloned livestock and the sale of food from such animals, the European Commission proposed in a draft law.

The proposal seeks to address worries about animal welfare and other ethical concerns related to use of cloning, the commission, the 28-nation EU’s executive arm in Brussels, said today. Cloning for now is so expensive that its use for food production isn’t viable, according to the agency.

The EU, with a population of more than 500 million people, produces 20 percent of the world’s pork, 11 percent of its beef and accounts for 30 percent of global cheese exports, data from the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization show. The commission said surveys show that most EU citizens disapprove of the use of clones for food production, and they do not want to eat meat from animal clones.

The proposed regulation seeks “to ensure that no cloning for farming purposes will be carried out in the European Union and no such clone will be imported as long as these animal welfare concerns persist,” EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg told reporters in Brussels. “It’s a ban on the technique, a ban on imports of the cloned animals themselves and a ban on food, milk or meat from the cloned animals.”

Trade Impact

The proposal, which needs approval from EU governments and the European Parliament to become law, intends “to prohibit the marketing of clones for food for human consumption,” the commission said. “It is not likely that such measures will have a high trade impact.”

EU governments in 2011 rejected the Parliament’s demand to ban food produced from the offspring of cloned animals, saying such a move could provoke retaliation by trade partners.

No food-business operator has so far applied for authorization to sell food produced by cloning, the commission said. Risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority has found no sign that food safety for meat and milk from clones and their offspring was any different from conventionally bred animals.

The U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia, Argentina and Japan confirmed that animals are cloned on their territories, without being able to indicate to what extent, according to the EU.

The commission is proposing a temporary ban on the use of cloning on farmed animals, as well as a directive ensuring that meat and milk from animal clones is not sold in the EU. The bans will be provisional as the technology is likely to develop and would require future review, the commission said.

Commercial Purposes

Denmark is the only country in the bloc with a ban on the use of animal cloning for commercial purposes, according to the commission. The EU-wide ban would apply to cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and equine species, according to the statement.

Animal clones are copies created by transferring genetic material into an egg which is then implanted in a surrogate mother, who will carry and give birth to the clone. The success rate for the procedure is 6 percent to 15 percent for cattle and 6 percent for pigs, according to a June 2012 statement from the food safety authority.

Surrogate mothers used in cloning suffer from an increased level of miscarriages, while abnormalities and unusually large offspring result in difficult births and the death of newborn animals, according to the commission.

Health Problems

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies expressed doubts in 2008 that animal cloning for food production can be justified, citing “the current level of suffering and health problems.”

Cloning would be allowed for research, conservation of rare breeds and endangered species, as well as of animals to produce pharmaceuticals and medical devices, where the use of the technology can be justified, according to the proposal.

The EU has no system in place to track the natural offspring of clones, and the commission said it considered labeling of food from clones and their offspring and descendants. The option of labeling fresh beef from clone offspring is so complex that more time is needed to study the impact and feasibility, Borg said.

“This requires that parentage information for every food producing animal is conveyed through the food-production chain,” the commission said. “This becomes more complicated and therefore costly with every generation.”

The draft laws proposed today also include a directive on novel foods, which the commission said will simplify and speed up approval. A revision proposed in 2008 failed because of the cloning issue, the commission said.

Novel Foods

Novel foods, such as noni juice made from a Tahitian plant, rooster-comb extract or chia seeds, on average take 3 1/2 years to be approved, according to the EU.

As part of the proposal, any food with a demonstrated history of safe use outside the EU will be allowed to be placed on the market, provided there are no safety objections from the bloc’s member states or EFSA, according to the statement.

Nanomaterials, which are engineered at the scale of atoms and molecules, will require a novel-food authorization before use in foodstuffs, the commission said.


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European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | Freedom of Expression online and offline: 16th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum

European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | Freedom of Expression online and offline: 16th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
Freedom of Expression online and offline: a joint venture between the European External Action Service, the European Commission, and the Human Rights & Democracy Network ([1]).

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Global Forum Discusses Business, Human Rights - Voice of America

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Organizers of the U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights say they seek to adopt a series of key principles to commit companies to respect the human rights of the people and the communities withi...
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Mother to camp outside European Court of Human Rights over lack of support for children with autism

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Istanbul, Turkey -- A woman has vowed to camp outside the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in an effort to draw attention to the difficulties children with autism are facing in Turkey. Sedef E...

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France told to compensate pirates

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The European Court of Human Rights tells France to pay thousands of euros to Somali pirates because of judicial delays.

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We say: "More totally incongruous mischief from Euro judges! There was a time when pirates were fed to the sharks"

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Pope Francis Just Took a Major Stand for Human Rights - Mic

Pope Francis Just Took a Major Stand for Human Rights - Mic | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
He's setting a strong example for people of all faiths and beliefs.
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N Korea furious over UN human rights ruling - Aljazeera.com

N Korea furious over UN human rights ruling - Aljazeera.com | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
UN General Assembly askes Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC in The Hague over alleged rights abuses.
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Mother of German MH17 victim takes Ukraine to human rights court | theSundaily

Mother of German MH17 victim takes Ukraine to human rights court | theSundaily | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
BERLIN: The mother of a victim of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has begun legal proceedings against Ukraine at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing Kiev of failing to close the country's airspace, a German daily reported Sunday.
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Majority of global population agrees Internet access is a human right - Mashable

Majority of global population agrees Internet access is a human right - Mashable | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
Results of a recent survey show that 83% of global users believe affordable Internet access should be a basic human right.
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Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”

Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights” | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals' privacy has been described as "the new frontier of human rights" by Member of the..

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Australia: Reconsider Nauru Refugee Transfers to Cambodia - Human Rights Watch

Australia: Reconsider Nauru Refugee Transfers to Cambodia - Human Rights Watch | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
(Sydney) –The Australian government should press Cambodian authorities to implement key reforms to improve treatment of refugees in Cambodia before transferring any refugees from Nauru, Human Rights Watch said today.
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North Korea, angry over human rights pressures, threatens another nuclear test - Washington Post

North Korea, angry over human rights pressures, threatens another nuclear test - Washington Post | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
A monitoring group warns that North Korea could be preparing to resume plutonium production.
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Human Rights For Kids Video - Youth For Human Rights

Watch as young volunteers from Youth For Human Rights International (YHRI), sponsored by The Church of Scientology, spread the word about human rights for kids on the streets of Paris, in this...
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Human rights abuses 'leave a third of Libyans with mental health problems' - The Guardian

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Research reveals human consequences of violence and lawlessness in north African country since fall of Gaddafi
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Egyptian Human Rights Activist Ahmad Harqan: ISIS Is Doing what the Prophet Muhammad Did

In an October 21 TV interview, Egyptian human rights activist Ahmad Harqan explained why he had become an atheist and said that Islam is a "harsh religion," which was being implemented by ISIS...
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Putin, Human Rights Council to discuss observance of human rights December ... - ITAR-TASS

Putin, Human Rights Council to discuss observance of human rights December ... - ITAR-TASS | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
The participants in the meeting are planning to tell about their work this year and touch upon the priority issues of human rights and the development of civil society institutions in the regions
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Gaza Desalinated Drinking water leading to cancer, Osteoporosis and other fatal illnesses

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PNN is a website, covers the latest political, civil news. Depends on a unique network of journalists spread in Palestine.
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Russia's Neglected Human Rights Activists - The Moscow Times

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Human rights activists are facing persecution and harassment around the world, especially in Russia, and the West needs to stop looking the other way, write columnists Susanne Berger and Arne Ruth.
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Detaining people with Autism in hospitals is a Human Rights violation

Detaining people with Autism in hospitals is a Human Rights violation | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: You can read more background about this story on Autism Daily Newscast here. If you live in the UK, you probably know many families are engaged in legal battles to get their children...

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Violence against women – increasing public awareness - YouTube

"The most terrible human rights abuse unaddressed is the abuse of women and girls..." Jimmy Carter The Elders mark International Day for the Elimination of V...
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China media: US human rights - BBC News

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Papers raise questions over Washington's human rights record in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson.
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Human Rights Group Report: US Drone Strikes Killed 28 Civilians For Each Targeted Terrorist

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Human rights advocacy organization Reprieve has compiled a report that challenges the accuracy of the US drone program seeking to assassinate targets named on t

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The Zone: Understanding human rights - Sydney Morning Herald

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Professor Sarah Joseph, who heads the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University argues that Australians are complacent about, and relatively ignorant of, human rights.
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UN Commissioner For Human Rights Faces Challenges In Iraq, Syria - NPR

UN Commissioner For Human Rights Faces Challenges In Iraq, Syria - NPR | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
Robert Siegel talks to Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, about the abuses in Syria and Northern Iraq.
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UN Push Against North Korea on Rights Moves Ahead - ABC News

UN Push Against North Korea on Rights Moves Ahead - ABC News | Current Topics in Woodall's ELA Class | Scoop.it
The world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Tuesday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests.
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