According to a U.S. News and World Report:
…some 40 billion pounds a year of slaughterhouse wastes like blood,
bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized
cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are
rendered annually into livestock feed in the process turning cattle
and hogs, which are natural herbivores, into unwitting carnivores.
Agriculture experts say a slew of new and questionable methods of
fattening cattle are being employed by farmers. To trim costs, many
farmers add a variety of waste substances to their livestock and
poultry feed and no one is making sure they are doing so safely.
Consumers, meanwhile, who generally know little or nothing about
what happens to meat on its way to their table, also have no way to
learn if their beef has been fattened on chicken droppings. And maybe
they don't want to know.
Note: Even though the government has officially ended the feeding of
animal remains to ruminants, they are still fed to other animals.
To read the complete article “The Next Bad Beef Scandal” by Michael
Satchell, Stephen J. Hedges and Linda Kulman, posted 8/24/97, visit:
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