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Mad Cow Disease - The Never Ending Lies

Mad Cow - The Lies Go On
When is the news media going to alert and inform the North American public regarding the dangerous short- comings of the current animal feed regulations in both the US and Canada?

By John Stauber
January 11, 2005

Britain's experiences, reported in my book Mad Cow USA, prove that
only with a total and complete ban on the feeding of rendered slaughterhouse
waste to livestock can the spread of mad cow disease be halted.

In both Canada and the United States annually billions of pounds of
rendered slaughterhouse waste -- primarily mammalian protein, fat and blood --
are still legally fed to cattle and other livestock.

The 1997 regulations, the so-called "firewall feed ban," are a joke.
Under these existing regulations the following dangrous practices are
permitted and conducted widely in both countries:

Calves are still weaned on cattle blood protein in calf milk replacer;
Cattle are still fed cattle blood protein and cattle fat;
Cattle, pig and chicken slaughterhouse waste is rendered and fed to
pigs and chickens;
Pig and chicken slaughterhouse waste is rendered and fed to cattle.

Any farmer or rancher can easily purchase rendered byproduct feed made
from cattle, and absent a regulatory inspector on every farm or ranch, feed
it with inmpunity to cattle.

Recent news reports in Canada have revealed extensive contamination of
even "vegetable source" livestock feed with animal protein. The situation is
probably similar in the US.

Both Canada and the US refuse to implement the strict, total ban on
feeding livestock to livestock that is in place and working effectively in the
UK, the EU nations and Japan.

The Canadian and US governments are instead following the dictates of
the livestock and animal feed lobbies. Even at this late date, with mad cow
well established for probably a decade in North America, Canada and
the US are allowing slaughterhouse waste to be turned into a cheap source of
supplemental livestock feed, in the process spreading mad cow disease.

There has been, with a few exceptions, a general failure of the news
media in North America to adequately and critically investigate this issue.
It should shame and embarrass journalists that awards have been given to
livestock industry PR firms for their great success in spinning and
managing media coverage of mad cow in North America.

More testing is bound to find more mad cows in both the US and Canada.
This is no doubt why the US is dragging its feet on testing, not allowing
full disclosure of test results, not allowing review of suspect cases by
independent investigators, and banning private testing for BSE.

This situation is unlikely to change until media coverage changes,
since most citizens in both Canada and the US believe what has been
reported, that all the necessary steps to identify and stop the spread of mad cow
disease have been taken. They have not, nor apparently will they be taken
anytime soon.

John Stauber
John Stauber, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy
520 University Avenue #227, Madison, WI 53703
Phone(608)260-9713 Fax260-9714

Co-Author of:
Banana Republicans

Weapons of Mass Deception

Trust Us, We're Experts

Mad Cow USA

Toxic Sludge Is Good For You

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coincidentally, film tonight on Mad Cow at Friends Meeting Hall, with potluck 16.Jan.2005 14:44

NW Veg

Vegetarian Potluck And Film On Mad Cow Disease
Sunday, Jan 16th
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Friends Meeting Hall
4312 SE Stark
DVD features Michael Greger, M.D.
503 493 2358

Join Northwest VEG at the Multnomah Friends Meeting Hall in Portland. Following the meal, the DVD "Mad Cow Disease: Plague of th 21st Century?" , a lecture by Michael Greger, M.D., will be shown and discussed. Please bring a vegan (no eggs, dairy products or other animal-derived ingredients) or vegetarian (no meat, fish) main dish, salad, or dessert (enough to serve 4-6); a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. A donation of $2 - $5 is requested to help defray the venue cost.