Common sense on cloning farm animals: just because we can, doesn’t mean we should


It’s been almost 20 years since Dolly the Sheep was headline news.

As the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, she symbolised another step into a brave new world of scientific advancement.

But with new technical developments …

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Labour MEP votes for EU ban on cloning of farm animals


An East Midlands MEP today voted for an EU ban on the cloning of farm animals.

MEPs backed a ban on the use of cloning in animal production for farm purposes of all animal species, and a ban on food …

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East Midlands MEP votes for stronger EU crackdown on “barbaric” trade in seal products

Labour MEPs will vote today to strengthen the EU ban on the trade in seal products, bringing it in to line with World Trade Organisation (WTO) standards.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said:

“Since the existing EU …

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Disappointment for bird lovers after result of Maltese referendum

Turtle doveThe EU has long recognised the importance of maintaining biodiversity in the EU, and keystone legislation like the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive are vital for protecting our wildlife.

Unfortunately, this week the hunting lobby in Malta won a …

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Labour MEPs are protecting our bees

Bumblebee on the orange flowerA local Euro MP has called for cooperation to tackle a new threat to Europe’s bees. Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, is calling for EU wide action and screening for imported bumblebee hives, which can carry parasites …

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Labour MEP challenges Commission on wild animals in circuses

Tiger in cage

An East Midlands MEP has challenged the EU’s laws on keeping animals in captivity and asked if the Commission would consider a ban on wild animals in circuses. Zoos across the EU must take part in research or training to …

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Transparent labelling needed for meat slaughter

meatMany people will have heard the news today that some supermarkets are using halal meat without informing consumers. The majority of halal meat is pre-stunned before slaughter, but a small minority of halal, and a majority of kosher meat, is …

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Glenis welcomes confirmation of seal products ban

seal2A local MEP has welcomed a decision by the World Trade Organization confirming that the importing and selling of seal products will remain illegal within the EU.

The ruling confirmed the validity of the European Union decision on the marketing …

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Testing cosmetics on animals – closing the final loophole

030301a1This week has seen the completion of a total ban within the EU on the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing.  It applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, even where the animal tests …

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