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Mad Cow Disease – 29 October 2007

At some time, probably everyone has seen the Three Wise Monkeys and heard the message that they represent: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Whatever the origin of this representation, at present in the western world it may be used to describe a person who won’t face the truth or who selfishly chooses not to get involved when their help could stop something that is harmful to others.

This came to mind when I read about the U.S. government’s attitude toward testing for mad cow disease: Don’t test for it. Look the other way and pretend that all is well. That describes the government’s response when a Kansas beef producer wanted to test his whole herd for the presence of mad cow disease. After three cases have already shown up in the United States, why would the government ban universal testing and allow only one percent of slaughtered cows to be tested? The answer: The powerful cattle industry is in control.

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