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Fish Too Can Suffer Version Of Mad Cow Disease

02/02/03: London, Feb 2 (ANI)[excerpted]:

"Now fish like sheep, elk and humans could suffer a version of mad cow disease, or BSE, according to preliminary evidence. The results might help reveal how the disease jumps from species to species. Infectious prions are thought to cause BSE and human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

They probably crossed from sheep to cows and then to humans in infected meat. Now a team at the University of Konstanz in Germany has identified a cousin of the prion protein in pufferfish.

The discovery of a prion in fish - which are evolutionarily distant from humans - suggest that the protein is "probably doing something fairly important and basic", says Jonathan Weissman, who studies protein folding at the University of California in San Francisco."

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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. (d-4)

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