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Cloning of animals for food production

EU Commission published its proposal for legislation on cloning of animals


On 18 December 2013, the European Commission published two draft proposals on the cloning of animals for food production and on the placing on the market of food from cloned animals.


FOUR PAWS welcomes that the proposals will introduce a ban  on the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals and the imports of these products as well as the prohibition of marketing of food from animal clones.


However, the ban is planned to apply only temporary, "as long animal welfare concerns persist" and no other cloning technique exists. This leaves space for cloning to continue under certain circumstances in the EU.

Overall, the draft legislation shows some gaps which have to be pointed out, for instance that it does not apply to all animals but just to farm animals kept or reproduced for food production. Animals cloned for other purposes such as research or the production of medical products, however, are not considered.


The Commission's draft proposal will now go to the European Parliament and the Council. It will not be in forced before 2016.


Please find here the European Commission's official press release.


Here are the links to the draft legislation:

  1. Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the cloning of animals kept and reporduced for farming purposes
  2. Proposal for a Council Directive on the placing on the market of food from animal clones