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It’s Official: Downer Cows are Out

It’s Official: Downer Cows are Out

On Saturday, the government approved a ban on the use of downer cows, or cows to sick, weak or injured to stand, in the hopes of keeping sick animals out of the food supply, and preventing the spread of problems like mad cow disease.

While there was already a partial ban in place, cows that collapsed after a USDA inspection were still processed.

The ban was proposed three months after the results hit the news from last year’s undercover investigation of Westland/Hallmark in California, led by the Humane Society, that brought to light disturbing evidence of the use of downer cows for consumption and resulted in 143 million pounds of meat being recalled. The largest recall of beef in U.S. history.

Their investigation documented animals “too sick or injured to stand or walk-called “downers” by industry-being kicked, beaten, dragged with chains, shocked with electric prods, sprayed in the face with hoses, and rammed by forklifts in efforts to get them to their feet to pass USDA inspection.”

You can see some of the footage from the investigation here.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the ban was “a step forward for both food safety and the standards for humane treatment of animals.”



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9:17PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Maybe now the greedy heartless idiots will have to keep their animals healthy - or lose money.....

9:16PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

FINALLY! We can't let our guards down and we must keep spying! They've already proven they are not to be trusted! Stupid Humans!

4:59AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

That's wonderful

5:20AM PDT on Apr 13, 2009

Robert G,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you, but my crusading leaves me little time to enjoy some of the wonderful things I tend to hold dear to me. Such as responding to anal retentive shitheads such as yourself.

What makes you think I believe in abortion? What makes you think ... PERIOD???

If a pregnant woman ate nothing at all, first she would be arrested for child endangerment, then she would probably die from malnutrition if they didn't force feed her. What would YOU like her to eat? I think you see where I'm going with this and I could go on if you'd like. The possibilities are endless.

But tell me how we got from the 'Downer Cow' situation to "Trampling on a Poor Living Grass Family" ????? WTF??? That was an example ? Robbieeeeeeeee ... you can do better than that.

One problem at a time please, Bobert. I cannot save the whole world at once! geesh!

Oh, thanks, but my quest for innocence doesn't need your luck. It only needs fewer people up my butt like you. I mean, c'mon. It's big, 'butt' not that big!

Virginia of the Innocent ~
Up, up & awayyyyyyyyyyyy ...

1:31PM PDT on Mar 21, 2009

All I can say is, Thank God!

3:55PM PDT on Mar 19, 2009


7:55AM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

People' let's stop to eat alive beings! It's just the same that to eat each other. We have a great choice of another food.

5:58AM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

Dina, you are asking " why does it have to be like this... how did it get like this..."
The answer is simple. It's because people eat meat.

5:42AM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

Wanda, there is no safe way. Burning won't kill all the germs.
I also object to your claim that farmers who raise animals for the purpose of killing them are "compassionate" towards them. Don't fool yourself !
How can you be compassionate while killing animals for a profit? Impossible. As long as you kill and eat animals, you are certainly not a friend of animals. So please make up your mind and choose one or the other.

4:08AM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

I hope these cows will be put down in a humane way. Sick animals need to be burned, it is the only safe way. I still can't believe sick cows were slaughtered and sold for human consumption.
I live in a farming community. If the slaughter-house can't accept the downers the farmers won't take them to auction. They will have to take care of it themselves, hard to understand, but most farmers are compassionate towards their animals. No one does factory farming around here, they'd be ran out of town.
Before anyone asks I do not raise animals.

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