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From Animals in Print 7 February 2001 Issue:
LETTERS NEEDED TO END TRADE IN DOWNED ANIMALS
In a major victory for animal advocates, the USDA announced last year that it would stop purchasing meat from downed cattle--non-ambulatory cows who are too sick or injured to even stand--for use in federal programs. "This development shows a growing consensus--even among livestock industry and government officials--that the marketing and slaughter of downed animals is unacceptable," says Gene Bauston, the founder and director of Farm Sanctuary. The NY- and CA-based farm-animal protection organization is stepping up efforts to ban the slaughter of downed animals entirely--for the good of animals and for the good of humans. It is impossible to move downed cattle humanely; instead, they are typically pushed with tractors or dragged with chains, causing injuries ranging from bruises and abrasions to broken bones and ligaments. And recent evidence shows that some downed animals may be afflicted with a form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), a condition that is linked to a fatal illness in humans.
"Our chances of stopping the downed animal trade are better now than ever," says Bauston.
Please join in the campaign with a letter to:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dockets Management Branch
5630 Fishers Ln.,
Rockville, MD 20852
Urge them to grant petition 98P-0151/CP1 to prohibit the slaughter of downed animals; be sure to refer to the petition number in your letter.
For more information and letter-writing tips, visit
Info. from: ASPCA
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