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January 23, 2004

Re: Mad cow, mad Americans

A reader's thoughts on downer cows:

Too bad the legislation to ban using downer cows isn't going to do a thing to stop Mad Cow. The cow that tested positive wasn't even a downer cow, as picked up by the Columbia Basin Herald.

Beef won't be safe until we completely ban the feeding of animal protein to other animals, including the practice of using blood protein to wean calves, and until we test every cow that is slaughtered like they do in Japan and some other countries. Until then, I'm taking beef off my menu.

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Posted by Joni Balter at January 23, 2004 09:21 AM



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