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From 20 June 2009 Issue

Protect All Downers: Cows, Pigs, Goats, Sheep

Electric prods shock the heads, necks, spines and rectums of animals crumpled on concrete. Eyes blink. Bodies are limp. Organs fail. Some have crushed bones, torn ligaments. Still, heavy chains drag them. Forklift blades toss their giant bodies... Suspended between life and death, they are forced upright to reach kill floors across the U.S. PHOTOS: Farm Sanctuary

GET THE LATEST FACTS on downed animals. Make a convincing argument for new policies: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/DownedOnTheFarmPHOTOS.pdf 

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Sample letter follows =============================================================

Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Secretary of Agriculture: AgSec@usda.gov 
web form: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/?navidEDBACK_FORM

President Barack Obama
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
comments: 202-456-1111; switchboard: 202-456-1414; fax: 202-456-2461
web mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
THERE IS NO PUBLIC EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA.

To identify your federal legislators and find contact info, try: * http://www.Congress.org  * http://www.house.gov  * http://www.senate.gov 

The Honorable Representative [YOUR REP'S NAME]
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Senators [YOUR SENATORS' NAMES]
The U.S. Senate,
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

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Dear President Obama, Secretary Vilsack, Senators and Representative:

Thank you for banning the slaughter of downed cows and closing a loophole that let some non-ambulatory cows suffer until slaughter. As you know, the prior administration allowed case-by-case evaluations. Cows who collapsed after pre-slaughter inspection were routinely forced upright until killed.

Close to a half million infirm cows are annually dragged to slaughter, according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). That figure doesn't account for downed pigs, sheep, goats, or other creatures farmed for human consumption. Ultimately, policymakers must stop the transport, marketing and slaughter of ALL downed animals.

Cows transmit E. coli. Pigs carry bacterium Yersinia enterocolitica and chickens harbor salmonella. These pathogens thrive in animal feces. Downers, who languish in manure for days, have no immune defense against infection.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 76 million U.S. cases of food-borne disease occur yearly. Among them, salmonella poisons 45,808 people (2006) and E. coli O157 infects 70,000 more. Some 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations annually stem from food-borne illness. The true tally is much higher because most cases go unreported. One way to lower these numbers is to forbid all downed animals from entry into the human food chain.

The CDC lists 18 North American cases of Mad Cow Disease (8/20/08). Science overwhelmingly links downers to BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy). Virus-like prions in BSE can trigger Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a fatal nervous system infection in humans. Since we don't know exactly how BSE and TSE jump the species barrier, all downed animals are suspect.

As long as battered animals emerge from profit-driven factory farms, the USDA must protect all species. No dying animal should be rammed upright with tractors and forklifts -- wrenched, shocked, pounded -- so meat makers can eke about $30 out of her tortured body.

Please advocate regulations that safeguard all downed animals; ensure merciful euthanasia; and outlaw use of tractors, forklifts, chains, electric prods, hoses or any violent means to move dying animals.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS =============================================================

Downed Animal Protection - No Downers Campaign
https://secure2.convio.net/fsi/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id%5 FACTS: Downed Animals http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/DownedOnTheFarmPHOTOS.pdf Horton Hears A Cow! http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/HortonHearsACow.pdf U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/infectis.htm Overview of BSE in North America http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/bse/index.htm

Source: info@kinshipcircle.org .


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