For EEMB40: Ecology of Disease class at UC Santa Barbara.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Agriculture Department Seals Cow Loopholes
Obama closed a loophole in the public health system to make it permanently illegal to slaughter 'downer' cows. These cows are too sick and weak to take care of themselves. Slaughterhouses could use these cows in the food supply for other cows as long as they collapsed after inspection of a non-neurological injury. Downer cows also have a higher chance of having BSE and they lounge in feces which makes E. coli poisoning a risk as well.