TECHNOLOGY, FOOD, ANIMAL RIGHTS, HEALTH:

I Scream Clone

Cloning won’t mean cute new little friends like these, what it means is the FDA approves farm animals for cloning.

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By Elizabeth Fiend 

In 1952 a special tadpole was born. It was the first animal ever cloned. After that breakthrough, scientists spent many years and many millions of dollars on unsuccessful cloning attempts. Then, in 1997, it was ‘Hello, Dolly,’ when this sheep became the first successfully cloned mammal. Since Dolly’s celebrated birth, scientists have cloned many different animals including goats, cows, horses, pigs, rabbits and mice. A guar (an exotic ox native to India) named Noah was the first endangered animal to be cloned, but unfortunately he lived only 48 hours.

There’s also been a big push to clone our beloved pets, for love and profit. The cat came first, then a dog. But it wasn’t easy and as it turns out, the cloning of pets wasn’t as profitable a business as some had hoped. Now the biotechnology industry has turned much of its attention to cloning barn yard animals for future human consumption.

The Food and Drug Administration has released an 800-page report which concluded that the milk and meat from cloned cattle, pigs and goats and their offspring is as safe to eat as the food we currently consume. They also added that they won’t recommend special labels for food from a cloned source, because the food from cloned animals is “virtually indistinguishable” from conventional food.

The motivation behind cloning farm animals is that they’ll have superior milk production and carcass traits. It’s even possible that technology will develop enough to clone out negative gene traits that lead to creepy things like mad cow disease.The current cloning procedure is called SCNT, somatic cell nuclear transfer. The SCNT process involves taking a living cell from an adult animal and inserting the nucleus from the cell into an unfertilized egg that has had its own nucleus removed. Presto, you have a baby that was grown inside the womb of a surrogate mother and, unlike all the rest of the animals on this planet, has only one genetic parent.

Right now, cloning to produce food is only going to be done at the very top strata of the breading pyramid, with DNA from animals that are worth 1 and 2 million bucks. The animals to be cloned are the ones that fetch the top prices for their meat, milk and bacon. Right now it costs upwards of $16,000 to produce a clone. Financial reality tells us we won’t actually be eating a clone, rather, it’s the prodigy and future lines of a cloned animal that will make their way onto our dinner plates and into pet food bowels. With this FDA nod, we could begin seeing food from cloned sources in less than 5 years.

In typical FDA fashion, the report is based on studying less than 100 cloned food animals and none of the animals have been studied over the long run. “Futuraland 2020,” a Maryland dairy, was the first farm in America to have cloned cows. Owner Greg Wiles reported to the FDA that two of his clones were suffering from unexplained health problems and claims the agency refused to investigate the matter. Wiles was widely quoted as saying he was “paddled around like a tennis ball from agency to agency.”

The history of cloning is akin to a scientific freak show. What the FDA report didn’t focus on is that cloning poses a serious health risk — if you’re the animal being cloned. While the FDA report mentions some health threats to the new born animals and their surrogate mommies, they refrain from discussing the ethical issues on a broader level.

Animals feel pain and experience fear. This is a scientific fact, not just some crunchy-granola philosophy. Attempts at cloning animals haven’t gone very well. “There are a hell of a lot of fetal and neonatal deaths along the way” says Gerald Schatten head of the lab at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center which was attempting to clone monkeys.

In large animals like cows and sheep, scientists found that about half of all cloned embryos that developed into fetuses have dangerous abnormalities and defects in their lungs, hearts and other organs; others have weak immune systems and high rates of tumor growth. Many of these clones die before birth, others kick the bucket weeks or months after being born. Older clones often die early and have unpredictable or unexplainable deaths.

Essentially, cloning has been one big, decades-long experiment on animals. These experiments have resulted in more deformed animals and deaths than other reproductive technology. Of 13 calves cloned by James Robl at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, four fetuses aborted in the last trimester, one calf died at birth, and two more died shortly after birth. Some of Robl’s surrogate-mother cows also died. Autopsies of the cows implanted with clone babies showed livers that were filled with fat.

Dairy farmers and ranchers, the people that actually produce our meat and milk, are not jumping on the cloning gravy train. Cloning is not what they want. Cloning is a business driven by a different industry – the biotechnology firms. In fact many people believe the FDA report was fact-tracked for the good of a few cloning companies. ViaGen is the company that’s expected to benefit the most from the FDA’s decision to give cloned meat the all-clear. ViaGen from surprise, surprise, our Presidents home state is funded by billionaire John Sterling, founder of the dubious on-line degree program at the University of Phoenix.

Dairy farmers, ranchers and others who are actually in the food industry are expressing concerns about consumer reaction to cloned meat and dairy foods. The head of the International Dairy Foods Assoc. (IDFA), Connie Tipton, says that “there is currently no consumer benefit in milk from cloned cows.” IDFA and food makers Nestle and Kraft Foods, currently oppose allowing products from cloned animals into our food supply. Already some manufacturers are considering placing a clone-free sticker on their products.

Even if you don’t give a rat’s ass about animal welfare think about this: Broad-based genetic diversity is the biological basis of world food security. A wide range of plants and animals is necessary to prevent environmental stress and to preserve the resilience of our eco and food systems. Remember the potato famine? In four short years, the fungus phytophthora destroyed the principal food source for the entire Irish nation. Using the off-spring of clones to produce our food is a dangerous step towards biological conformity of our food and unknown, unforeseen disasters of the future.

57 Responses to “I Scream Clone. Article by Elizabeth Fiend”

  1. School Boy Says:

    Hi, i’m doing a english project on clones and i ran into this. This helped alot thanks 🙂

  2. Hunter Says:

    Looks like a fake to me… impossible to clone a dog into a bird…

  3. Jasmine Says:

    all i wanna know is that picture real or not ?????????????????????????????????????????

  4. katelyn Says:

    I WANNA CLONE MY DOG!!!(BUT NOT INTO A BIRD!)

  5. george Says:

    this was on the news i was eating a chicken while petting my dog and then i threw up

  6. Kraft Foods Financial Statement Says:

    Good site I “Stumbledupon” it today and gave it a stumble for you.. looking forward to seeing what else you have..later

  7. RGPC Says:

    Happy Red White and Boom – 4th of July &

    I don’t think a clone of my dog would have the same disposition or personality of the original

    Cheers,

  8. Molly Says:

    this has helped with my science project but it dosent have for and against sides for cloning. that should be put on to improve the site!

    But otherwise it was gr8!!!

  9. raja Says:

    the pictures are not useful. i expect better photos and real photos

  10. tjg Says:

    this is fake as hell

  11. Someone Says:

    This article help me a lot, thank you very much to whoever that made this article

  12. J-P Says:

    I love Photoshop…

  13. Clema Needhern Says:

    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Lena Says:

    I wanna cook and eat that dogbird

  15. pendra Says:

    it’s not scientifically possible to create an interspecies clone, like a dog/cat or dog/finch. and cloning is a lot more difficult than it sounds–there’s a lot to it. and many animals created from adult DNA are born weaker than their DNA donor, and often clones die very young, like Dolly. Cloning pets costs a fortune, but you should know: It won’t give you Fluffy. you’ll be getting a different pet with the same helix.

  16. James Fiesta Says:

    This is the biggest load of bull i ave heard since i built my council house.

  17. Tom Swivel Says:

    THIS IS F*CKING FAKE AS SH*T

  18. winner Says:

    I love the story, it helped me with my paper, but we must agree that this will have a major effect in our lives in the future. let us step back and take a look at what we really wish for our son’s and dauther’s future. The bottom line of ttis is that, we really are trying to ‘act god’ by trying to bring things to life.

  19. mark Says:

    THIS IS REAL!!!!! I SWAER IT LANDED ON MY WINDOW THIS MORNING!!!
    IT WAS SO NICE AND IT TALKS!~!

  20. ViCt0RiA lXXl Vi0lEnCE Says:

    ah, the wonders of photoshop.

  21. YourMotherrr. Says:

    Photoshop 🙂

  22. nick Says:

    Hmmmmm i’ll go with REAL. Dakota and Mike!!!!

  23. john doe Says:

    that funny but it’s messed up

  24. sreejith Says:

    are the pictures real? a bit of the information about cloning is useful the rest according to me is rubbish.

  25. Bethany Says:

    That is well funny but it is sooo fake!!!!!!!!!

  26. jamshiya alikaism Says:

    i would like you to sent me some more funny pictures of animals.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanku, thanku, thanku, kanku

    thankyou very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thankyou very !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………..

  27. Jasmine Says:

    I think it is un natural for cloning i think it shouldn’t happen as it is very un natural and the clones will have very short and unhappy lives. I’m only 11 but i still think its wrong, I’m a vegetarian and hoping to become a vet in the future, i love animals but i think cloning is mean to the clones =[

  28. rhianne ady Says:

    i just toaly love this image its well sick haha lmao love it like totally im all for this kinda sh*t heheheh go animall freakos

  29. dan Says:

    bull crap

  30. athan Says:

    hmmmmm looks like a cryptid give me him to investigate

  31. Jose Says:

    WOW THATS SO AWESOME…im doing a science project…its about cloning humans with wolfs…i wonder if this is possibe.

  32. sadie smallwood Says:

    man are you serious? a dog bird man you ppl must have no lives? i guess why the hell would any one want a dog bird? this is sac religious and you guess cant create anything better than god so stop trien cause this is fake as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Krazy#7 Says:

    nice photo shoping that is pretty funny

  34. Katherine Says:

    Love the photo shopping skills

  35. pramodini Says:

    am doing seminar on animal cloning i saw this dog faced bird image while searching the images of cloned animals………. i was wonder like anything………………. am interested to learn about cloning of animals……… can you send me the details about this image and also other cloned animals……….?

  36. selena Says:

    it doesnt look fake but its to good to be true you need to prove it to me some how
    i LOVE the picture though

  37. Adam Bradley Says:

    I seriously don’t believe it. I pray Rooney is healed for the world cup!

  38. sydney dalziel Says:

    is it real or not??????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. LOL Says:

    no it isnt real its from an artist that combines animals too make cool pictures. its not a clone you retards.

  40. lovely girl Says:

    WOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If its real, i want one! if its a photo shop, ILL SUE YOU PEOPLE! HOW DARE YOU TRICK AND MAKE ANIMAL LOVERS LIKE ME DREAM OF SUCH FREAKING ADORABLE ANIMALS!
    bye ppl! 😛 🙂 🙁 :O 😀

  41. ahmed magdy Says:

    CCCCCCCUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  42. lwando Ian Skenjana Says:

    hi i am doing an agricultural exteion project and i chose the topic about cloning, this information helped a lot thanks

  43. Hannah Goodwoth Says:

    what, thanks toyour site i got a bad mark on my prject about clones,
    THANKS ALOT (she said sercastically)

  44. Calvin Says:

    I WOULD BUY ONE FOR A MILLION BUCKS. if they are selling them (and if i had million bucks)

  45. logan robbins Says:

    thisssss is fake

  46. dfas Says:

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute super kawayi i love that dogbird

  47. dfas Says:

    cute

  48. hdyh Says:

    it’s that a REAL cloning of bird + dog? t’s look like a fake picture

  49. kapopo Says:

    are those pics true?? really nice!

  50. KD Says:

    I love the pics, but they are soooooooo fake.

  51. Neha Says:

    this dog/bird clone is really interesting I used it for my art project something to do with science and nature

  52. Crystal LaMere Says:

    This really isn’t right I don’t know why people think it is cute…. it is ugly and guess what these pictures are probably true…. but if not then it is fine with me that they show it but if they are true then it is really bad one of those animals were going to be one of ours one day but not now because they are cloned and you probably can’t get them back…..

  53. Crystal LaMere Says:

    This is still not right but human cloning is even more wrong.

  54. Christina Bernard Says:

    I think that is really cool but that is my opininon so anyway i think its good

  55. tj sealy Says:

    this is bs….fake ass s***

  56. Riya Rachel Shaji Says:

    NO,
    dog or cat are not like a birds this may be………………fake ass s****************

  57. Netty Says:

    I was researching for my bio project when I happened to run into this website……………gosh are those even real!!!!!!!!! I was thinking if this was real, I would like to know more for my bio project. Man! what is the world today turning into. “COOL STUFF” I would really love to learn more for future understanding about scientists and their future work on cloning. NEAT WORK but I think dog and bird or cat and bird is not a cute combination due to the fact that they already look perfect as they are now but it would help if you clone animals that would benefit…………………………………

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