PETA Statement: FDA’s Approval of Genetically Modified Pigs

For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2020

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically modifying pigs used for food, drugs, and transplants:

The genetic manipulation of pigs to serve as interspecies spare-parts bins and more palatable dinner entrées for humans is the apex of arrogance and cruelty. Pigs aren’t apples. They’re sentient beings, and fiddling with their genes to produce different varieties that suit our needs and changing tastes is violence, not innovation. Pigs’ genetic material belongs to pigs, and it should be considered inviolate.

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