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BSE Killing Europe's Pets
"Contaminated material from cattle infected with BSE has
been rendered and used in commercial pet foods in Europe. Most scientists
determined the practice would be safe; that BSE would not cross the
species barrier. They were wrong.
As of January 2000, more than 100 cats in the UK had died
from illnesses attributed to eating diseased meat contained in commercial
pet foods made in Europe. Some veterinarians believe the actual number of
cats who died from feline spongiform encephalopathy (the feline variant of
mad cow disease) is far greater.
In 1996... not only were household cats contracting the
disease but it had also spread to animals in zoos where it killed a lion,
five cheetahs, three ocelots, two tigers, three pumas, six eland, six kudu
and one bison. For years, government officials claimed that dogs were not
susceptible to a canine form of BSE. But were we getting the truth?
In 1997, Reuters European Business unearthed a 1991 study
on the brains of 444 dead hunting hounds that suggested some of the
animals had developed the first signs of "spongiform disease."
Despite the concerns of medical doctors and veterinarians,
no further tests on the tissue samples from these animals were ever done."
[Edited from: Autumn, 2001 Earth Island Journal Vol. 16,
No. 3 by Ann N. Martin]
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The Meat Free Zone (MFZ) campaign is intended to make the MeatFreeZone logo as
recognizable a symbol as the "Smoke Free Zone". The idea was originally
conceived when The WARM Store in Woodstock, NY, was in operation throughout the
'90's (Woodstock Animal Rights Movement). The store was truly a meat free zone
as it was the first cruelty-free, Vegan, socially conscious animal rights store
in the United States. Now that the Vegan and Vegetarian movements have been
growing so rapidly, more and more people are showing concern about the food in
their diet and their overall health and nutrition. Many people are giving up
eating fish, chicken, beef, pork (pigs ), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt,
ice cream) and eggs. Headlines of Mad Cow disease, E-coli
and salmonella are in the news with greater frequency. Vegan and vegetarian
recipe cookbooks are standard now in all bookstores and many restaurants have
added Vegan and Vegetarian options to their menus. We hope you will help us with
the Meat Free Zone campaign by putting the signs up in your homes and workplaces
and by spreading them to all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants that you know
and frequent. And someday we will have true "meat free zones" in establishments
that serve meat.