Animal Writes
From 9 November 2003 Issue

Senate Okays Ban On Downed Animals
From Animal Concerns - [email protected]

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday moved to ban the human consumption of "downed" animals, which are livestock too sick to stand or walk unassisted. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, who offered the amendment to an agriculture spending bill, said many of these animals are dying from infectious diseases and present a significant pathway for the spread of disease. "My amendment prevents downed animals from being approved for consumption at our dinner tables," he said. The Senate approved the measure by a voice vote.

The House, in passing its version of the spending bill for the 2004 budget year, defeated a similar amendment on a 202-199 vote. The two chambers must negotiate a common stance on the issue when they meet to come up with a final bill. full story: 

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