Don’t Feed Mad Cow-Infected Animal Remains to Livestock

Target: Bernhard Url, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority

Goal: Advocate for reinstatement of ban on farm animal feed containing potentially infectious animal remains.

An incredibly dangerous disease could be making a comeback in infected livestock and in humans. Outbreaks of so-called “mad cow disease” have shaped certain farming policies for years. The fatal ailment causes bovine victims to die within weeks after symptoms begin. These symptoms can include difficulty moving, weight loss, as well as swelling and degeneration of the brain. Researchers believe this horrific disease, which can infect humans who consume meat as well, is caused by cattle being fed meal full of animal remains.

In some cases, processed animal proteins (PAP) and meat-and-bone meal (MBM) made from the remains of dead chickens are fed to pigs. As another example, cattle might be given feed containing sheep remains, chicken remains, or even remains of other cattle. In the 1990s, this practice is theorized to have fueled a mad cow epidemic that led to the slaughter of over four million cattle. Shortly thereafter, the European Union made a critical decision to ban the use of PAP and MBM in any foods for farm animals.

As they always inevitably do, special interests have intervened, and this ban could be permanently lifted. Sign the petition below to urge a rethink of a decision that could have massive repercussions for the health and welfare of livestock and humans alike.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Url,

For over 30 years, bovine spongiform encephalopathy has remained a looming potential catastrophe over farm life. At one point in time, the unforgiving “mad cow disease” was responsible for the deaths of nearly 200 people and four million-plus cattle. You may believe this deadly illness represents a negligible risk now, but make no mistake that easing vigilance on essential regulations will eventually lead to a resurgence.

MBM and PAP-infused feed are very likely the culprits driving this continuing threat. Permanently lifting the ban on these dangerous and unethical products will endanger farmed animals, expose them to potentially horrendous suffering, and put the lives of human beings at risk as well. The EU farming community has gone this long without such toxic methods. Do not cut corners and ask for preventable trouble in the name of needless greed.

Sincerely,

‘[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kat Smith


32 Comments

  1. This is obviously one great post. Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have so provided here. I find it very interesting and well thought out and put together. I hope to read your work in the future.

  2. Utter “madness”!

  3. What greedy morons. But not surprised really. Inhumane humanity at its best

  4. Maria Bertrand says:

    Director of the European Food Safety Authority

    Do your job…..regulate ALL food for animals and humans ALWAYS!!!! Stop feeding animals any old infected shit. They deserve BETTER for all they have done and sacrificed for ugly old man. That is the right thing to do.

    If not enjoy your infected meat….what goes round!!!!!

  5. Rose Coffey says:

    Just how sick is this anyway? It’s time we put some common sense back into the world.

  6. Why would cows willingly eat this stuff to begin with?

  7. It’s hard to believe they have to be told not to do the obvious.

  8. Michael Gannon says:

    These same ranching bastards who claim wolves are killing their livestock lose more animals to disease , sickness and poor inhumane handling than any predatory animal is capable of doing! We should shoot these bastards instead of allowing these sick wolf killing sprees these jackasses love so much! Wolves are vital to natural balance, lying inhumane ranchers not so much!!!

    • So true, when will they stop the madness & stop giving money to these lying fools. Boy they have everyone bamboozled with their lies & the animals suffer. They truly are evil😡

  9. stupid and disgusting

  10. Michelle Stewart says:

    It is cruel and barbaric. If anyone is caught even attempting to do it, all their live animals must be seized and never given back. And all those people must be banned for life from owning or going near any animals ever again

  11. Feeding dead animal remains to other animals is already common practice in North America … this is why folks need to rethink eating the carcasses of other beings … https://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/06/us/mad-cow-quandary-making-animal-feed.html

  12. WHY do people need to be told not to poison their livestock? Morons.

  13. Calling God’s creatures “livestock” is the first wrong and unethical act; they’re not stock but living beings who feel pain.
    Then other creatures are fed them which is unnatural, unhealthy and cruel. After this, these poor creatures will be slaughtered in the most violent, cruel, & painful way.

    Go vegan and call them creatures: cows, pigs, chickens, goats( more slaughtered because of muslims and halal) sheep ( more slaughtered because of muslims and halal) rabbits, bison , turkeys, and ducks for example.

    Vomit.

  14. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Disgusting. Thank God I’m a vegetarian. More people should be too. It would make the world a better place.

  15. Dolores Proubasta says:

    Turning vegans into cannibals … Only the human mind is capable of such monstrosity. To everyone who is as disgusted as I am: DON’T EAT OTHER ANIMALS. Don’t make the human monsters rich!

  16. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    It’s INSANE to feed diseased animal parts to other animals. It’s providing a PATHWAY TO DISEASE. END THIS PRACTICE, WHICH ENDANGERS THE HEALTH OF ANIMALS AND HUMANS ALIKE, NOW.

  17. Barbara Garrison says:

    I feel sorry for cows who have to eat animal remains in the first place. Corn/ grass too expensive fellas? So, feeding sick, diseased animal remains to healthy cattle is a good thing? What a bunch of imbeciles. This industry is out of control with greed, cruelty, and stupidity.

  18. This is so horrible turning vegetarian animals into cannabals

  19. This is not only disgusting and can make the animals unhealthy what about humans who is transferred to, it would affect us they should be charged with murder or mischief behavior.

  20. This article is yet one more reason to GO PLANT-BASED.
    This one action alone will end animal suffering and slaughter, greatly curtail diseases in both humans and animals, save habitat, aid in limiting climate change; indeed, it will SAVE THE PLANET!
    What more do we need to make this change already????? If humans are too damn stupid to do this, we deserve what happens to us.
    But the animals surely do not.

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