David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Labour MEPs vote for EU ban on cloning of farm animals

David Martin MEP has welcomed today’s vote in the European Parliament for a ban on the use of cloning in animal production for farm purposes of all animal species, and a ban on food products derived from animal clones or their descendants.


Findings by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have shown the health and welfare of clones are adversely affected, often severely, and that the mortality rate remains high. This, and the ethical issues related to cloning informed Labour MEPs in today’s vote.

The Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning was amended to include not just the use of cloning techniques in the EU, but the imports of reproductive material, clones and their descendants.

"There are strong concerns over the welfare and conditions of cloned animals” said Mr Martin, “this is why we have voted for the EU ban on animal cloning.

"Labour MEPs believe animal welfare, food standards and biodiversity in our farming system will be protected, and we will continue to work for this."

The proposal will need to be approved by the Council before it can enter into force and the ban will not include cloning for other research, medical or conservation purposes.


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