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News on Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease
Mad Cow Disease, or Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE), is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that can be transmitted to other species, including humans. The human equivalent of this disease, Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease, 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 40,000 of the 35 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.
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.


  • On December 23, 2003, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman shocked the world with her announcement that mad cow disease was in America. Authors Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber were not surprised. Their 1997 book, Mad Cow USA revealed that the livestock industry and the government had failed to take the necessary steps to prevent this deadly dementia from emerging in animals and humans in the US. In this newly updated edition covering the arrival of Mad Cow Disease in the U.S., Rampton and Stauber cover the terrifying new ground since the first edition.
  • In the tradition of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," an alarming exposé about the beef industry that could change the way you eat forever...
  • Howard Lyman, who told the story of his transition from cattle rancher to vegetarian in Mad Cowboy, exposes the flimsy lies sustaining the meat industry in this new volume. With an update on the Mad Cow threat, an eye-opening discussion of the link between Alzheimer's and meat consumption, and a raucus dissection of the folly of high-protein diets, No More Bull! makes the case for a plant-based diet as clearly and powerfully as it's ever been made.

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