By Stephen & Claire Farnsworth via Flikr

Did you know you could be eating cloned animals without knowing it? Animal cloning has been causing a great uproar lately. “Is it right or wrong?” people ask. I’m going to give you more information about cloning so you can make a plausible opinion foryourself.

The definition of Cloning is an organism or cell, or group of organisms or cells, produced asexually from one ancestor or stock, to which they are genetically identical. This means that a clone consists of all the genetically identical offspring of a single parent, produced by asexual means. Agricultural researchers have deemed cloned animal meat edible. This doesn’t mean that that there aren’t any arguments out there saying that we shouldn’t eat cloned animals. There is an argument that cloning hurts animals when done and this is sometimes true. But there are always risks to everything others say.

Animal cloning has already been done before. It started out with mice and then with Dolly, the 1st cloned sheep. Now they are trying to bring back extinct animals like the Asian cheetah and the wooly mammoth. People even pay big money to have their loved deceased animals cloned. Some cloning of animals is pointless, but some have a real agricultural and scientific purpose.

Agricultural researchers have been studying up on how to clone animals so they have a better purpose to man-kind. For example, the cloning of animals with genes that makes their milk or meat healthier for consumers, or the cloning of animals that are disease-resistant or reduce the environmental burden. To learn more click here. In my opinion, animal cloning is okay if it does not affect us in a negative way. If cloning gets out of hand then I think it needs to be put to stop right away.

Should we be concerned about eating cloned animals? Why or why not? Do you agree with cloning animals? Why or why not? What other concerns do you have involving animal cloning?

Overall Idea of Cloning