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Government Bans `Downer' Cows From Food Supply

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, goodnews, corruption, abuse, cruelty, death, AnimalCruelty, slaughter, investigation, obama )

- 3747 days ago -
The Agriculture Department proposed the ban last year after the biggest beef recall in U.S. history. The recall involved a Chino, Calif., slaughterhouse and "downer" cows. The Obama administration finalized the ban on Saturday.


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De L (321)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 1:14 pm
I just find the whole concept of eating animals disgusting. I was raised to eat meat - and it's a personal choice. I do however get "looks" from some who think it strange to be a vegetarian. I have a hard time knowing all of that meat at the supermarket was once a living - breathing animal with feelings. Again - this is just my opinion.

Tierney G (381)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 1:15 pm
Thank you finally!

Melva H (93)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 2:09 pm
It would be interesting to know how many millions (billions?) different GOPers collected over the years - and yes, the Dems who were bought or blackmailed to 'go along to get along' - for allowing downed and dead animals to be butchered and sent to public markets.. You can bet politicians get their meat supplies from private dealers that do NOT deal in selling the flesh of downed and dead animals.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 2:25 pm
What took them so long....?.....$$$$$$$....Plain and simple.Squeezed every ounce of profit they could from these used and abused creatures.It took the wide-spread exposure of just one particularly heinous company...a major supplier to finally convince them that sending callously treated and sick animals to slaughter was "bad for business" say nothing of the environmental and health hazards involved.Well,good for them...and for us...and for the animals who will,hopefully,not be needlessly abused and exploited.

Beatrice e (5)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 2:50 pm
Tragically, all so unnecessary! We can live fine on a plant based diet - without all the cruelty and suffering.

Joycey B (750)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 4:47 pm
This is good news. I am so disgusted the way animals are treated. Thanks Echo.

Michelle R (13)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 2:01 am
A step in the right direction.


George L (16)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 3:55 am
Help me out if I missed something, but the article didn't seem to mention the fate of the "downer" cows after being spared(?) of the slaughter.
Will they find a home in Farm Sanctuary? Or will they be euthanized in most "humane way?" I think the US government should put more effort in tougher legislation for painless and quicker way to slaughter the farm animals. From what I hear, Europe has the most humane way to slaghter the animals. In the US, the farm animals are known to suffer in agonizing pain for at least 5 to 15 minutes before they actually die. Correct me if I'm wrong. I'd like to hear from the European members regarding slaughter house condition in their country.
I know that the EU banned animal testing on cosmetic products starting this year and hunting is banned in UK some years ago. I think the US government should be taking a more leadership role in the world to put more effort in diminishing inhumane treatment of the farm animals so that other countries may follow.

Melva H (93)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 1:11 pm
No, George. It is safe to assume that the downed animals will die terrible deaths, one way or another. Dead or barely alive, they will no doubt be sold to pet food companies - and/or to companies that will use them to make food to be fed to other cattle. Remember mad cow disease??
The US became unbelievably crass and cruel with the Bush administration; all species became unimportant. The Earth became unimportant. Money, Control, and Power was all that mattered.
President Obama has countless disasters to try to clean up. There is NOTHING as it should be at the present time. Can things (everything) be turned around? We hope so, and Pres Obama is certainly trying to put us on track; but it will take time. It is very good that he was aware and stopped downed animals from entering the food chain. Deciding where to start working when Everything is wrong is a problem in itself. There is no blueprint for correcting such massive deliberate destruction. The GOP, and a number of so-called 'Conservative Democrats'- and their corporate backers- don't want things put right. They like things just as they are; they worked hard to get everything off track for their endless, obscene profit. They will fight him all the way.
This is my assessment of our condition. I believe that before you can correct a problem, you have to admit to there being a problem - and face it head on.

Leigh B (211)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 3:00 pm
Definitely in the right direction. These downer cows should be euthanized in an humane manner and stop their suffering!

Beatrice e (5)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 4:38 pm
It's a myth that all the animals are unconscious before slaughter - The book "Slaughterhouse" by Gail Eisnitz documents workers interviews and personal experience witnessing cows being "disassembled" before death. Even the industry has a 5% "allowance"... but some slaughterhouses have been charged with allowing 18% of the animals to be "processed" while still live. It's absolutely horrible:

There's also an excellent article put out by the Washington Post: "They Die Piece by Piece"...

I'm glad that HSUS was able to bring to public awareness that these were dairy cows... Dispelling the myth of "humane milk". Crippled, arthritic young cows - sucked of every last bit of calcium from their bones... for the sake of ice cream... I think more people turned from vegetarian to vegan with this awareness - And I'm glad "downers" are out of the "food" chain.

Kristy W (180)
Monday March 16, 2009, 6:34 am
I am so glad to see this! I haven't eaten chicken since 2003 and I haven't eaten any other meat since I was 12! I tend to look down on people who still eat meat. It has to be known by now that these animals are abused until they die horrific deaths. If you can know that information and think that because you aren't actually killing the animal that you are not causing their deaths, you are in denial. I am so happy that some animal is finally getting the protection that they *all* deserve! This is an awesome first step!
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