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GOP Congress Scuttled Meat Protection Measure
(by Mark Sherman, 12/24/03, AP):
"Legislation to keep meat from downed animals off
American kitchen tables was scuttled - for the second time in as many
years - as Congress labored unsuccessfully earlier this month to pass a
catchall agency spending bill.
Now, in the wake of the apparent discovery of the first
mad-cow case in the United States, the author of the House version of the
cattle provision wants to press the issue anew when Congress returns Jan.
20 from its winter recess.
"I said on the floor of the House that you will rue the
day that because of the greed of the industry to make a few extra pennies
from 130,000 head, the industry would sacrifice the safety of the American
people," said Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., chief House sponsor. "It's so
pound foolish." The provision dealing with downed cattle didn't even make
it into the compromise version of the legislation that House and Senate
conferees brought before Congress late in the year."
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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.