The recent controversy over comments made by Ingrid
Newkirk and Bruce Friedrich of People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals, in which they opined that it might be beneficial in the long
run if Hoof & Mouth Disease came to America, may be a bigger threat than
previously thought. But it won't be PeTA that is the cause, instead it
will be meat producers who just can't wait to put profits before the
welfare of animals.
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U.S. Eases Ban on EU Meat Imports
May 15, the U.S. announced that it was easing its 10-week ban on animal
imports and raw meat products from the European Union. The United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) determined that there was a reduced
risk of foot-and-mouth disease entering the country through Europe.
Countries whose meat products have been allowed back
within the U.S. borders are Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany,
Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. British, French, Irish
and Greek meat imports would continue to be banned.
"The lifting of the restrictions will begin
immediately," said USDA spokesman Kevin Herglotz.
Bobby Acord, associate Administrator of the USDA's
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, emphasized that most imports
of European beef remain in place, due to mad cow restrictions.
"Essentially this (action today) only allows the
importation of pork or pork products and semen," he said.
Animal semen is imported for livestock breeding
Chandler Keys, vice president of public policy for the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association, urged the EU to similarly use
"scientifically based principles" and end its ban on U.S. beef
containing growth hormones.
"One good turn deserves another," Keys said.
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