Frankenfish for Sale
Despite the risks, the federal government has given the final OK for genetically engineered (GE) salmon to be marketed and sold as food. The GE salmon is engineered using genes from two other fish, supposedly making it grow twice as fast as those in the wild. This is a gross misuse of biotechnology and it puts the welfare of animals at serious risk!
AAVS previously reviewed research data from studies on GE salmon and concluded that the fish are “frequently deformed and have jaw erosions, have visible inflammation and lesions, and are more susceptible to disease, leading to high rates of mortality.”
The GE salmon will be raised in indoor tanks—factory farms for fish, pushing them to the limits of what they can tolerate, subjecting them to accelerated, unnatural growth and crowding. There is ample evidence that fish are sentient animals, capable of pain and stress, and this escalation of intensive farming of fish is a science experiment gone very wrong.
However, the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act, would prohibit GE salmon, not just for food, but for any reason. Also, if GE salmon were to reach grocery store shelves, the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act would help consumers be informed by requiring clear labels stating “genetically engineered” on packaging containing GE salmon.
Tell your legislators that genetically engineering animals for food is a bad use of science and can lead to unnecessary animal suffering and potential harm to the environment.
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