DODGE CITY, Kansas – There are no complete records available on embryonic stem cell research, yet some in government have urged the United States government to permit the federal government to permit federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. On 11 April, at the sate bureau for livestock and foods, the Agriculture Advisory Committee on Animal and Plant Health Research told the advisory committee on terrestrial animal science to keep the same position that it has had for the past 11 years: reproductive stem cell research that uses embryos created for experimentation should not receive federal funds.
Yet, David Smalley, a rancher and former chair of the Dairy Advisory Committee stated that he has been told by the pastoral support staff that the board “has made an order that abortion cannot be used as a method for contraception for cows. (Emphasis added). The dairy project is one of 13 federally funded projects that are paid through the Federal Dental Research (FDRT) Program (Discretionary Grants), which is administered by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The milk producing animals in these supported projects are well past the stage of reproduction.
Why isn’t there more public reaction against something like this?