This article assesses the current state of the transgenic modification of animals and the law. It provides an introduction to the science behind transgenics as well as examples of transgenic livestock. This article discusses past federal level Ethics Advisory Boards, how these boards have impacted the development of controversial sciences, and how a new board can advance the use of transgenics. Bioethical arguments for and against the use of transgenics are evaluated. Finally, the article demonstrates how, if properly executed, an Ethics Advisory Board can help shape the national discourse on transgenics and provide a reasoned way forward for this new industry.