The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service this week announced a ban prohibiting all downer cattle from entering the food supply.

Timeline:

  •  Jan. 12, 2004 — USDA prohibits all downer cattle from being slaughtered for human consumption, in response to the first U.S. case of Mad Cow (BSE) discovered in Washington State.
  • July 13, 2007 — USDA reverses course and alters federal regulations to permit some crippled cows to be slaughtered for human consumption.
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In case you missed it, please read Diseased Meat in Our Sick Sytem. It’s a shocking expose about sick “downer” cattle being tortured and, against regulations, their meat being entered into our food system (and our National School Lunch Program).

Martha Rosenberg provides an excellent follow up today in Downer Recall: Take Two.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” –Mahatma Gandhi

An investigation by the Humane Society at a cattle slaughterhouse has documented (watch video “No Mercy” here) that animals too sick or injured to stand or walk—called “downers” by industry—have been kicked, beaten, dragged with chains, shocked with electric prods, sprayed in the face with hoses and pushed by forklifts in efforts to get them to their feet to pass USDA inspection. Read the rest of this entry »