Articles that appeared concerning the “mad cow” issue, or the chronic degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle, made it very clear that the crux of the problem is money, not the health of the people.
Ann Veneman, the Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated, “that stringent changes would be imminent to protect the consumer”. Despite the fact that what Veneman is proposing was advised to be followed in 1996 by the World Health Organization, I guess it’s better late than never!
Also, Daniel Puzo, a spokesman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said, “the USDA would not release the names of 42 distributors that sold recalled meat, on advice from attorney’s that such information could harm their businesses”.
Let’s put this issue in its proper perspective. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association describes government and industry efforts to safeguard the American public from mad cow disease as “swift”, “decisive” and “aggressive”. Ann Veneman adds “diligent”, “vigilant” and “strong”. However, the world’s authority on these diseases disagrees.
Dr. Stanley Prusiner is the scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of prions, the infectious agents thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopahy (BSE), or mad cow disease.
The word Dr. Prusiner uses to describe the efforts of the U.S. government and the cattle industry is “terrible”. What are these “stringent protective measures” that the Cattlemen’s Association is talking about, and how do they compare to global standards and internationally recognized guidelines?
In 1996, in response to the revelation that young people in Britain were dying from variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human equivalent of mad cow disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued seven “Recommendations”. Numbers 5-7 were observations and/or recommendations for further research. The first four recommendations, however, were concrete solutions to reduce the likelihood of mad cow disease spreading to human populations.
To this day, the United States government continues to violate each and every one of these four guidelines.
- Stop feeding dead animals to other living animals
2. All countries need to establish adequate testing and surveillance
3. Stop weaning calves on cow’s blood.
4. Stop feeding cow brains, eyes, spinal cords or intestines to people or livestock.
So, since 1996, the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries stop feeding prion infected animals to other animals, yet the U.S. government continues to allow deer, infected with chronic wasting disease, to be rendered into animal feed, and the industry continues to oppose any proposed change in the law.
Also, since 1996, the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries test their downer cattle for mad cow disease, yet the U.S. government continues to test but a tiny fraction of this high-risk population. The beef industry calls U.S. surveillance “aggressive” and doesn’t think more testing is necessary. Dr. Prusiner calls it “appalling”.
The reality concerning mad cow disease in this country is, “Don’t look, don’t find”. After all, we wouldn’t want to cost the people who make their living killing innocent cows any hardships. Besides, mad cow disease doesn’t manifest for 10 to 20 years and they can always say that someone’s illness and death came from something other than diseased cows.
After looking at the “don’t look, don’t find” policy of the “mad people” that profit from selling diseased or non-diseased dead cow body parts. Let’s look at this further.
Since 1996, the World Health Organizations has recommended that all countries remove beef products containing spinal cords from the human food supply. Not only, not here, but the industry continues to oppose it, referring to such products as nothing but “wholesome”.
Since 1996, the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries stop feeding risky cattle brains to all livestock. The U.S government is considering it. The American Meat Institute and the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries stop feeding any remains of cows to cows, yet the U.S. government still allows dairy farmers to feed calves gallons worth of cow blood and fat collected at the slaughterhouse and industry representatives continue to actively support this practice.
In 2002, the USDA requested feedback on a number of options for further preventive measures, including a total ban on allowing the brains and spinal cords from downer cattle in the human food supply. The spokesperson for the American Meat Institute explained that the meatpacking industry would take a “significant hit” financially if the USDA enacted such a proposal.
The American Meat Institute explained that spinal cords pose no health risk, “because the U.S. is BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalophaty) free”. Despite grossly inadequate surveillance for the disease, when asked if we have BSE in U.S. cattle, The American Meat Institute, in 2002, emphatically replied, “No, BSE is a foreign animal disease”. They stressed that, “The fact that we share no physical borders with any affected nations has been a key means of protecting our cattle”.
With mad cow disease discovered in North America, the USDA should immediately enact measures to prevent human exposure by banning brains and spinal cords for consumption. So far, though, according to an agency spokesperson, the USDA isn’t even discussing plans to do this or increase testing for the disease.
Years ago, once mad cow disease started appearing in Europe, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, immediately called for a comprehensive Europe-wide surveillance program to test every cow slaughtered for human consumption over a certain age. He said “that government must be fully transparent with the public on the issue, no hidden agendas, no distortions, and no false assurances. The United States should learn from Europe’s experience.
So, people, what do you think? You have been lied to and deceived by the “mad” people who supply you with the “food” you are addicted to. Why do they lie and deceive and stay in denial about the reality of the situation? It’s not rocket science. It’s for more profit and more profit only!
How does that make you feel knowing that you have been used and your health compromised solely for more and more money? How does it make you feel that you have been conditioned and programmed to eat certain foods with the media never extolling the virtues or health benefits of a vegan diet because it goes against their advertising dollars?
In the same article there was reference to “downer” cows that wind up in the food chain. A “downer” is one that is diseased, dying, decayed or dead. And yet, you have no problem eating this?
Nothing like being used all the way to the grave!