Saturday, June 07, 2008

Eight 'clone farm' cows born in Britain; meat could be on sale in months

Hereford bull calf

Oopsie. It seems the UK has a loophole problem.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear (so they say), but you can make a calf out of a cow's ear. The fucking mind boggles.
Eight 'clone farm' cows have been born in the UK, the Daily Mail can reveal. Their mother is a clone - created in a U.S. laboratory with cells taken from the ear of a prize-winning animal. Meat or milk from the calves, flown into Britain as frozen embryos and implanted into a surrogate, could be on sale here within months. Though food from clones is barred from the food chain, there are no legal safeguards over their offspring.[emphasis mine]

FWIW, my take on this is suspicion. If cloning is exactly replicating an existent animal, I see no problem. But is it "exact"? Just asking.

Two addendum:

First all baby animals are fucking cute, but none so much as a goddamn Hereford calf.

That is until the one year old sumbitch starts trying to butt my mother. To say the least, she wasn't amused. I was.

Second in looking for graphics for this post I ran into many (and I mean many many) sites for miniature Herefords. Considering the object with Herefords is to raise them as food, why the hell does anyone want to miniaturize them and reduce the quantity of meat? Just asking.

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