80% of People are against using Cloned Animals for Food.
The government received an unexpectedly great amount of public
comments concerning the use of cloned animals for food. It
is reported that this led to another diet discussion. ALIVE
hopes that the plan on using cloned animals for food does
not move forward.
In addition to the harm this plan would do to animals in general
it will also benefit only a few businesses.
The ALIVE’s Position and Opinion on Cloned Animals
Cabinet Office Committee “Cloned Animals for Food
is Safe”, more than 80% of people are skeptical.
Yormiuri Newspaper (June 8th, 2009)
* The Cabinet Office Food Safety Commission stated on the
8th, “cloned cow or pig products are as safe as the
meat currently sold on the market”, however 80% of the
public was skeptical and expressed concerns and opposition
to cloned animal products.
* Of the 80%, 1.6% questioned the evaluation methods.
* 13% said “explicit food labeling should be mandated”
and they were concerned about distribution and labeling. 10%
questioned the ethics, 8% were concerned about long-term effects
on their health from consuming cloned animal products.
“Feeling uncomfortable”, 70% are critical.
People’s opinions about Cloned Animal Food
The Safety Commission asked the Diet to deliberate the issue
Sankei Newspaper (May 27th, 2009)
* On the 26th, after the Cabinet Office Food Safety Commission
reported that cloned animals for food is safe, the commission
received 172 opinions in 1 month, 70% of them expressed opposition
to cloned animals for food, and expressed feeling “uncomfortable”
* The Safety Commission is planning to deliberate on the
safety evaluation by the special examination committee. Consumers
strongly opposed cloning, on ethical and religious grounds.
This led to the commission to debate the matter again.
* March 12, 2009, the Commission announced, “Foods
derived from cloned cows and swine, and from the offspring
of clones, are as safe as food from conventionally bred animals.”
The result was posted on the internet for 30 days with the
intention of collecting opinions from the public, to be reported
to The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
* The Safety Commission received 172 opinions. 70% of the
were critical, opposing cloned animals for food, on the grounds
it made them feel “uncomfortable”. Some of the
opinions expressed the need to “deliberate more”
and only 2 - 3 % agreed with the commission's findings.
* The Commission postponed reporting the results to the
Health Ministry and formed the “New Development of Food
Special Committee” in which evaluation systems and methods
will be discussed.
* The Commission conducts deliberations and evaluations
on over 100 food and chemicals each year and collects public
opinions before reporting. They usually collect only a few
opinions and don’t have to ask for another deliberations,
thus this matter is a very unique case.
Collecting public comments on the findings of the committee
to discuss safety of foods derived from cloned cows and swine,
and from the offspring of cloned animals.
Public Comments Collected from March 12 to April 10, 2009
Cabinet Office Food Safety Commission Category Information
“New Development of Food Special Committee”
“New Development of Food Special Committee” Working
Group (Safety of foods derived from cloned cows and swine,
and from the offspring of cloned animals.)