ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Mad Cow Disease, or Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE), is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that can be transmitted to other species, including humans. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a comparable Transmissible Spongiform Encepholopathy (TSE) that infects deer, elk, and moose. CWD has now spread across much of the USA, infecting thousands of animals and potentially exposing hunters and consumers of venison to CWD, a fatal brain-wasting illness. The human equivalent of these diseases, (CJD) Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease, linked to consumption of TSE-contaminated meat or blood, causes memory loss, emotional instability, severe dementia and death, often within a year.
Cases of Mad Cow Disease occur in the U.S. each year, yet regulators only test a tiny percentage of the 32 million cattle slaughtered annually. In Europe, all older cattle are tested for Mad Cow Disease, and in Japan every cow slaughtered for human consumption is tested. Similarly most deer, elk, and moose, are killed and consumed with no testing for CWD required.
We demand that the U.S. government adopt and enforce mandatory testing for all cattle brought to slaughter and a ban on feeding blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals. In addition all deer, elk, and moose need to be tested before they are consumed by humans.