Mad Cow Disease: Stop the Madness!

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Stop the Madness

Mad Cow Disease Has Been Discovered in the US!
Read More Here From Consumers Union.
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Join tens of thousands of citizens and sign the Mad Cow USA-Stop the Madness petition, demanding that the US Government adopt and enforce the same strict standards required by the European Union and Japan:

  • Mandatory testing for all cattle brought to slaughter, before they enter the food chain.

  • Ban the feeding of blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals.

  • Stop harassing farmers and food processors who are interested in independently testing their own beef.

Take Action Here to Stop the Madness!
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Mad Cow Glossary

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE): A family of progressive, incurable, fatal diseases caused by prions. Characterized by dementia, and holes in the brain on autopsy. Can be transmitted between mammals when one mammal eats parts of the nervous system (e.g., brain, spinal cord) of another mammal.

Prion (pronounced pree-on): Novel infectious agent common to these diseases. Not a virus or bacterium, but an infectious protein which can set off a chain reaction which destroys nerve cells. They cannot be inactivated by most sterilization methods.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): The technical name for Mad Cow Disease - the TSE found in cattle. The form of BSE found in European cattle is probably not the same as that in US cattle.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD): A human TSE. The classic form of CJD appears to arise spontaneously, but the so-called "new variant" of CJD (nvCJD) is now known to be the human equivalent of mad cow disease thought to be contracted by eating contaminated beef.

Kuru: Another human TSE, found in Pacific Islanders who ate human brains.

Scrapie: The TSE found in sheep. The probable source of all other animal TSEs.

Downer cow: US industry term for an animal who falls down and dies without an apparent disease. Some people speculate that some US downer cows have a form of BSE with different symptoms from the British form of BSE.

Mad cow disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Mad Deer Disease, prions, mad cow disease, BSE, vCJD, nvCJD, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, CWD, TSE, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, foot and mouth diseaseMad Cow USA by Rampton and Stauber

Before there was Fast Food Nation, there was Mad Cow USA. Those who read this book when it first appeared in 1997 were shocked but not surprised on December 23, 2003, when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced that mad cow disease had been found in America.

Six years earlier, Stauber and Rampton warned in Mad Cow USA that government and industry in the US had failed to take the necessary steps to prevent this bizarre and deadly dementia disease from spreading through contaminated feed into livestock and humans.

The feeding of rendered slaughterhouse waste to livestock, which spreads mad cow disease and created an epidemic in England, continues to be both legal and widespread in the United States. Dairy calves are literally weaned on cattle blood protein in calf milk formula, while government and industry feed the American public a dangerous diet of outright lies, false assurances and deceptive PR.

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