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More concerns about mad-cow-disease

We rarely hear about the health of cattle unless it could potentially affect our health. Cattle suffer greatly in today’s factory farms and their health and well-being are not important as long as they “produce”; and when they’ve stopped being of use to humans, then every animal is slaughtered.

The following article raises awareness on an issue of great concern to most people: mad-cow-disease. Last week, the 7th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow disease”) was confirmed in Canada. BSE has been linked to a fatal type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease among humans who have eaten certain types of tissues from infected cows.

The 4- year-old cow is the country’s youngest known victim of the disease, and was born after a limited ban had been instituted on the inclusion of high-risk material in feed. Last month the Canadian government announced that, next year, cattle tissues that could transmit BSE will no longer be allowed in pet foods, chicken feed and fertilizer. The U.S. feed ban is not as restrictive as Canada's, and the new case may cause foreign markets to question the effectiveness of North America's preventive strategies. According to the current regulations, Canada can have up to 11 cases of confirmed BSE to continue being considered a "minimal-risk region." Therefore, the U.S. will not close its borders again to Canadian beef unless there are two or more cases of BSE per one million cattle older than 24 months in each of four consecutive years.


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