The US Government Would Rather Find and Kill Sick Animals Rather Than Prevent Animal-Borne/Human Diseases
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Frank L. Hoffman
May 2005

After forty years of working in and around the health care industry, I strongly believe that one of the most insidious problems within the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry is that, with few exceptions, these “businesses” make money from diagnosing, treating and curing diseases, and not from preventing them. And, the government agencies that are charged with protecting the public seem to be doing far more to protect the income of these business enterprises than they are the public. I have sat in hospital board rooms and physicians’ offices and listened to them talk about how to increase their income by doing more diagnosis and treatment procedures, and how prevention programs are going to take money out of their pockets.

It has been proven over and over again that many life-threatening human diseases have their origin in the animal agriculture industry. These include most chronic health problems, such as various forms of cancer, diabetes, and coronary artery and gastro-intestinal diseases. In more recent years, intensive animal farming operations and feeding methods have led to an ever-increasing threat from such diseases as mad cow and avian flu.

In our opinion, the following news article is a perfect example of how the government is trying to look good by identifying outbreaks of animal-borne diseases, while not preventing their causes, and while still protecting the industries.

Saturday, May 14, 2005 The Daily Mail/Hudson Valley Newspapers DM IMPACT (Free weekly supplement)

WASHINGTON (AP) —Authorities trying to limit mad cow and other disease outbreaks would be able to pinpoint a single animal among the nation's 9 billion cows, pigs and chickens under a mandatory tracking system the government proposed Thursday.

The Agriculture Department promised to hustle a nationwide animal identification system into place after the discovery of mad cow disease in a Washington state Holstein 18 months ago.

The agency on Thursday put forward the idea of registering and reporting the movements of cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock, first on a voluntary basis but with mandatory participation for all by January 2009.

Animal remains and slaughterhouse waste are still being fed back to other animals, and used in many products that enter both the human and animal digestive systems. Only a small percentage of animals are being tested for mad cow and other diseases and, from whistle-blower complaints we’ve seen, the collection and testing procedures are flawed. If the government truly wanted to discover the actual extent of mad cow disease, every downer animal would be tested, since they show many of the symptoms of the disease.

Unsanitary conditions on intensive poultry farming operations have led to diseases such as avian flu, which originates mostly from Asia where antibiotic use is limited. But the high usage of antibiotics to prevent diseases among intensively farmed animals has led to strains of bacteria and viruses that are getting harder and harder to treat, in both humans and animals.

If we truly want to prevent disease and improve our health:

We will eliminate all intensive farmed animal operations and the routine use of antibiotics.

We will stop using animal by-products and wastes in animal and human foods.

And we will switch our diet to primarily whole (unprocessed) plant foods.

Human indifference to the pain and suffering of animals has proven to us that it also includes indifference to the suffering of our fellow human beings, that is, unless they are close friends or members of our family. If this were not the case, we would do far more to prevent these diseases by addressing their true source.

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