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European Council must take its responsibility over cloning for food

On 23/03/2011, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Intergroup is pleased that the European parliament maintained its strong position against cloning as part of the Novel Foods Regulation during the latest Conciliation Committee meeting which broke down without agreement. The final deadline to agree on a common text is the end of the month and a last-chance conciliation meeting is provisionally planned for the evening of 28 March. It is vital that the European Council recognises the concerns of Europe’s citizens as well as the impact cloning has on the welfare of Europe’ animals and we urge the Council to respect the position of the Parliament to ban food from cloned animals and their offspring.

Intergroup strongly supports the position of the Parliament’s delegation chair Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT) and rapporteur Kartika Liotard (GUE/NGL, NL) who made the following joint statement:

“The Parliament has made considerable efforts towards reaching a compromise but these were not mirrored by Council. It is simply incredible that the Council, which consists of the same political parties as the Parliament, cannot agree to the Parliament position on the prohibition of food from cloned animals and their offspring. It is equally incredible that the Council is willing to turn a blind eye to public opinion, as well as the ethical and animal welfare problems associated with cloning. Time is rapidly running out. Negotiations can only have a positive outcome if Council moves towards consumers’ expectations on the issue of cloning. If the position of Council and Commission remains exclusively tied to commercial trade interests, Parliament won’t accept any deal.”

Time is running out and the European Council must accept its responsibility and act now to ensure food from cloned animals and their offspring does not enter the food chain in the European Union.

 

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