The European Parliament has voted to ban the use of cloned animals in food production.

MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of a legislative amendment that will ban cloning animals for economic reasons, preventing their use in meat and dairy products.

“It’s degrading to animals and causes suffering. Animals are sentient beings and should be treated with respect. They are not commodities,” Janusz Wojciechowski, the Polish MEP who proposed the declaration, told just-food.

Wojciechowski was “very satisfied” with the outcome of vote, which, he said, showed that MEPs put animal welfare above economic gain.

The vote is not binding but Wojciechowski predicted that the European Commission could now bring in firm legislative proposals for a comprehensive animal cloning ban, possibly next year.