Disinformation & U.S. Unsafe Compared to Nations, MCD, Part 3

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 18:30 PM
April 30, 2012

 Disinformation:  Why were we told a few days ago that the cow infected with Mad Cow Disease (MCD) showed no signs of the sickness at all, only to find out now that she exhibited all of the usual symptoms––imbalance, lameness, etc.

 So why are we now told that the owner killed the cow, because he knew the cow had MCD?  Why are this owner and others allowed to send their dead cows for additional use, without all of them being tested for the cause of death?

 And why does the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) not tell the public what sanctions, fines, etc., are levied against a the rancher who knew a cow had MCD and simply killed it?  Why aren’t farmers required to report it?

 Why are some dairies allowed to keep paper records instead of computerized ones that would make it easier to tract the cow’s source and offspring?  Why was a cow twice as old as other milk cows still kept for milk production? Why is the press left only to assume that the cow must have belonged to a smaller farm?
 
 Associated Press Reporter Tracie Cone points out:  “The World Organization for Animal Health has established protocol for investigations into cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy that includes finding other cows that the Holstein in question was raised with, tracking down all progeny and determining what she ate.”  She also shows that the infected cow should not have been rendered to the slaughter house for any use at all:  its protein is not to be fed to other bovines:

 “However, bovine protein is routinely fed to egg-laying chickens, and the “litter” from those chickens—chicken excrement and the feed that spills onto the floor—is collected and rendered back into cattle feed.  Neurodegenerative researchers, such as UC San Francisco’s Dr. Stanley Prusiner, who received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering prions—the protein associated with BSE—has warned that the US should ban poultry waste in cattle feed.”

 Michael Hansen, senior scientists at the Consumers Union, has been critical of U.S. policy on MCD for some time.  He  says:  “We are testing .12 percent of the cattle slaughtered.  In Japan they test all cattle over 20 months, in Europe it’s all cattle over 24 or 30 months, depending on the country. They’ve been able to find sick animals that look healthy but could have ended up in the food supply.”

 Tracie Cone also points out that when Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wanted to test their own cattle so it could advertise their product as “BSE” free, USDA forbid the company to do so and denied access to the necessary test kits?  Is the USDA established to protect the American people or the cattle industry?

 Such negligence capable of leading to sickness and death must be investigated and resisted.  Well has Isaiah said in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed (9: 16).”  In a democracy, we still have the power to demand change.

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