July 20, 2004
THE MAD COW COVER-UP
Pressure is mounting for a federal investigation into a possible second
case of Mad Cow Disease in San Angelo, Texas. Two weeks ago, a cow staggered
and collapsed at a Lone Star Beef slaughterhouse, and under federal law
should have been tested for the deadly disease. According to government
and industry sources, a federal inspector was in the process of taking
a brain sample to test for the disease but was ordered to stop by the
regional headquarters of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Instead,
the cow was sent to a rendering plant to be made into animal food. According
to Felicia Nestor, director of food safety at the Government Accountability
Project, there have been several recent instances where government offices
have attempted to keep inspectors from testing cows showing symptoms of
Mad Cow Disease.
(not meat-industry-propaganda or
Mad Cow Disease in the United States
Agriculture Dept. Announces New Restrictions on Beef
The Politics of Cattle Slaughter
Paul Watson: The Mad Cowboy's Prediction Comes True
USDA Refused to Release Mad Cow Records
Mad Cow Found in Washington State
Supplements used in factory farming can spread disease
U.S. Loses 90 Percent of Beef Exports
8 Asian Nations Block U.S. Beef Imports
MICHAEL GREGER, M.D.
Mad Cow Disease, as printed in The Washington Times on January
DR. ANDREW KNIGHT
Looking Harder at Mad Cow Risks, as printed in the
San Diego Union Tribune on January 2, 2004
Was No Bum Steer
Rancher Raised Flag on Mad Cow Long Ago
Post, Friday, January 2, 2004; Page C01
JUST SWITCH FROM BEEF TO CHICKEN; GET THE SICKNESS OUT
by Dr. Michael Greger,
for Action for Animals.
government seems to be more interested in protecting cattle futures on
the Chicago Merchantile exchange than it does in protecting human futures.
In direct violation of the World Health Organization recommendations and
international standards, billions of pounds of slaughterhouse waste is
still legally fed to pigs and chickens in North America. According to
the USDA, the most infectious tissues of the U.S. mad cow case--the brain,
spinal cord, and intestines--"were removed from this animal and sent to
rendering" to presumably become animal feed and pet food. D. Carleton
Gajdusek was the first to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his
work on mad cow-like diseases. He was quoted on Dateline NBC as saying,
"it's got to be in the pigs as well as the cattle. It's got to be passing
through the chickens." Dr. Paul Brown, medical director for the US Public
Health Service, believes that pigs and poultry could indeed be harboring
mad cow disease and passing it on to humans, adding that pigs are especially
sensitive to the disease. "It's speculation," he says, "but I am perfectly
no pigs or chickens have been found with the disease, they are killed
so young on American factory farms that they may not have time to develop
symptoms. Pigs and chickens may also be so-called "silent carriers." Dr.
Richard Race is a Senior Investigator with the National Institutes of
Health. In 2001, he published a landmark paper showing that even species
thought to be resistant to particular strains of prions could invisibly
harbor the disease and pass it on to other animals. He also found that
these deadly prions were somehow able to adapt to the new species, becoming
even more lethal and replicating faster and faster. Mad cow disease has
been described as the chernobyl of food safety issues. It lays to bear
our brash willingness to place the public, rather than corporate profits,
at risk, and the danger inherent in cows-or people-eating the flesh of
animal with a brain has the potential to become infected and presumably
infectious with these deadly infectious sponge-like brain diseases. Although
there are some cuts of beef that carry less risk than others, the safest
type of meat... is a veggie burger. It's a no-brainer!
For more info, visit:
COW: FAILURE OF THE USDA AND FDA
.....Mad Cow Disease has officially
hit the United States. In Japan and Europe, every adult cow is tested
for Mad Cow Disease at slaughter--before it enters the food chain. U.S.
testing policies are quite a bit more relaxed.
.....Last year, while the European Union
tested 10 million cattle for Mad Cow, the U.S. tested only 20,526 cows
out of 35 million slaughtered. Since the Mad Cow Disease outbreak in the
UK, which killed 143 people, the OCA and its allies have pressured the
USDA to create standards that emulate those of Japan and the EU. Yet the
USDA continues to resist. Speaking of the face hat Japan tests every single
cow it butchers (1.2 million per year), Dr. DeHaven, the USDA's Chief
Veterinarian, told the New York Times that the Japanese are doing
too much testing.
.....Advocacy organizations are demanding
that the U.S. government adopt and enforce mandatory testing for all cattle
brought to slaughter, before they enter the food chain; and that they
ban the feeding of blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals.
LOCKING THE BARN AFTER THE MAD
COW HAS ESCAPED
.....Since the news hit on
December 23, the Agriculture Department promised to tighten defenses,
including a ban on meat from all downer cows. Changes in slaughterhouse
techniques to prevent meat from being contaminated with brain or spinal
cord tissue are also supposedly in the works. It's more than a little
late and it's not enough--and it's obviously only to save sales--but it's
USDA has made repeated statements that consumers need not worry, as the
disease can only be spread to humans and other cows via ingestion of nervous
system tissue from an infected cow, not muscle meat. Interestingly enough,
the USDA did inspections of meat processing plants in 2002, and found
that, due to current killing and mechanical meat extraction practices
in U.S. slaughterhouses, a full 35 percent of beef is contaminated with
nervous system tissue. Studies have shown that many processed meats, such
as ground beef, salami, bologna and hot dogs, contain bits of the spinal
column. Of course, T-bone steaks actually contain cow vertebrae and part
of the spinal chord, so according to the Center for Science in the Public
Interest, these meats need to be avoided as well, since cooking the meat
does not kill the disease. (The pathogen has been shown to survive temperatures
high enough to melt lead.) Beef stock and beef flavoring also contain
remnants of nervous system tissue, as they are typically made from boiling
the skeletal remains of slaughtered animals. Boneless cuts can also be
contaminated, in that the animal is cut in half with a chainsaw, down
the spinal column, thereby contaminating the surrounding meat. A European
study of animals slaughtered in this manner showed 100% contamination
of meat. And besides all that, recent studies show that infectious agents
DO show up in the muscle of the meat, and that BSE and other diseases
can be transmitted through blood.
For more: http://organicconsumers.org/madcow/Greger122403.cfm
1997 the FDA banned certain practices of feeding rendered bovine meat
to other cows, based on increased likelihood of spreading diseases. Yet,
within the beef industry, it is still a common practice to feed animals
blood, slaughterhouse wastes, and manure. On non-organic dairies it's
a standard practice to wean calves from their mother's milk by feeding
them bovine blood and later feeding slaughterhouse wastes, in order to
maximize profits. The problem here is that the disease can also be found
in the white blood cells. Adding to the problem, sick "downer"
cows not deemed safe for human consumption are sent to rendering plants
to make oils and animal protein products. It's estimated that 2-10% of
downer cows have been tested in the U.S. Europe tests all downer cows
and Japan tests all cows, period.
.....Of course, simply NOT EATING MEAT is
always an option. Why depend on a profit-pinching industry and its public-relations
promises when it's so much safer just not to eat its diseased dead animals?
Not contributing to that industry is literally a breath of fresh air for
the planet--and the breath of life for animals too.
SEE THESE BODYFUELING.COM RESOURCES:
Landis' Op-Ed in the Seattle P-I
P-I column also picked up by Common
P-I column also picked up by
Organic Consumers Association!
Question and Answer archives
Now's the time to read Mad
Cowboy and Food
Revolution if you haven't already.
See Featured Books page.
spacExcerpt from PETA
press release that explains why not eating meat is the best defense: (I
think its only weakness is that it leaves out the part about feeding chicken
and pig fecal matter and other livestock wastes to cows)
spac...Because the infected cow was raised
for dairy production, she had lived long enough to show symptoms of the
disease. Most cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens, however, are killed before
they turn 2 years old, and before they become symptomatic, so no one would
know whether they were infected with the brain disease.
spacIt's possible that there is a mad chicken
or mad pig disease, as any animal with a brain could potentially develop
a variant of this diseas, which could then be transferable to people.
We've had mad sheep, mad mink, and mad deer disease in North America for
spacMad cow disease was detected in British
cows in the mid-1980s after infectious tissue from sheep was included
in their feed. This led to a ban on feeding animals to animals in the
United Kingdom, as well as to a ban on feeding any animal older than 30
months to human beings. Although the U.S. banned feeding ruminants to
ruminants in 1997, the U.S. government said that as recently as 2001,
there was widespread violation of the feeding regulation.
It's even more worrisome that it is still legal to feed cow's blood to
cows, to feed sheep and cows to pigs and chickens, and to feed pigs and
chickens to one another and to cows, even though these practices have
been banned in Europe out of fear that chickens, pigs, fish, or other
animals might contract spongy brain diseases and pass them along to human
spac"If you eat meat, you already have
to worry about salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter, heart disease, strokes,
high blood pressure, and cancer, as well as your weight. Now, you can
add mad cow, chicken, or pig disease to the list," says PETA Director
of Vegan Outreach Bruce Friedrich. "The best way to ensure that you
and your family won't get sick is to go vegetarian."
For more information, please visit GoVeg.com.
A list of Mad Cow articles can be found on the Organic Consumer's Association
See BodyFueling.com Articles page for
See Robyn Landis's op-ed on disgracefully sales-obsessed U.S. news coverage
of Mad Cow disease.
P-I] [on BodyFueling.com]