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From 6 April 2004 Issue
'DOWNED ANIMAL' BAN UNDER ATTACK:
Sample Letter:animals are either suffering from illness or injuries and their conditions warrant them unfit for slaughter.
FSIS Docket Clerk
Re: Do not lift or weaken ban on Downed Animals.
Please continue to ban downed animals from going into the food chain. These
The agribusiness wants bans lifted or weakened because it cuts into their profit. They need to assume better medical care for their livestock and should not be allowed to push sick or injured on to those truck. This is not an issue of profit and gain. It is an issue of human safety and humane
treatment of animals.
Downed animals at slaughter plants are often beaten, shocked, dragged with chains, or bulldozed all the way to the killing floor.
Please maintain the ban on downer cows, for the sake of the animals and public health. And expand this ban to include other species of downed animals, such as pigs and sheep . They are also at heightened risk of transmitting disease (e.g., Salmonella and E. coli) to those who eat their
meat, and they suffer just as cows do when they’re dragged or hauled to slaughter.
The USDA ban on 'downed animals' announced late last year is being threatened by agribusiness lobbyists who are seeking to convince the USDA to lift or weaken this ban.
The USDA implemented the ban in December 2003, in
response to public concern over the discovery of mad cow disease (a.k.a. bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE) in the United States. By excluding from the human food supply cattle too sick or injured to stand or walk to the
slaughterhouse, the ban effectively ended some of the most egregious cruelties suffered by animals raised for food in the U.S.
Now, however, some members of the cattle industry think the public's concern over BSE has faded and they're pushing the USDA to turn back the clock. If they are successful, downed cattle will again be allowed to be used for human food. Downed animals at slaughter plants are often beaten, shocked, dragged with chains, or bulldozed all the way to the killing floor.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
The USDA is accepting comments from the public on its downed animal ban until Monday, April 12. Please write to the USDA and urge it to:
(1) Maintain its ban on downer cows, for the sake of the animals and public health
(2) Expand this ban to include other species of downed animals, such as pigs and sheep - they are also at heightened risk of transmitting disease (e.g., Salmonella and E. coli) to those who eat their meat, and they suffer just as cows do when they're dragged or hauled to slaughter.
Please include the docket number below in any correspondence.
FSIS Docket Clerk
Room 102, Cotton Annex
300 12th and C Street SW.
Washington, DC 20250-3700
For a sample letter to the USDA, visit http://www.nodowners.org
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