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The Incident of Mad Cow Disease

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The Incident of Mad Cow Disease

Over an incident in a British area when everyone became sick. The government said that there was no connection exists between any human illness and mad cow disease, the incurable dementia that has killed 160,000 British cows since 1985. On March 20, however, a somber secretary Dorrell faced the legislative body, and the nation, and proceeded to eat his every words. A government advisory committee, he explained, had concluded that mad cow disease was indeed the “most likely” cause of a recent outbreak in young British adults of a similar fatal disease.

The announcement was an embarrassing about-face for the government. It stunned and angered the British people, and sent shockwaves through Europe and around the world. Beef went untouched in supermarkets by alarmed shoppers, and the chairman of the government’s advisory committee said that victims could number in the hundreds of thousands.

Are they still crazy after all these years? An international news released in March, Earthsave joined with the physicians committee for responsible medicine (PCRM) in Washington, DC to draw attention to mad cow disease. The release also sought to counter the mistaken, albeit widely reported notion that beef can be safe if only we somehow purge the meat supply of contaminants and contagions, such as the infectious agent responsible for mad cow disease. Is it safe? The fact is, when cows are healthy, eating them isn’t. According to numerous studies by noted researchers, too many people worldwide are already suffering and dying from deadly substances found in beef, as well as in poultry, pork, fish, and dairy products. These ingredients, including saturated fat and cholesterol, occur almost exclusively in foods of animal origin, and have been implicated time and again in the epidemic of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and obesity that plague Western nations.

To stimulate discussion in the heart of America’s cattle country on mad cow disease and meat consumption’s human toll, EarthSave and PCRM attempted to place in the Des Moines [Iowa] register newspaper an ad discussing this situation. The newspaper refused to print the $1,000 ad, however, deeming it unsuitable for their publication. Did the fact that the Register accepts great sums of advertising dollars each year from the meat industry influence the publisher’s d...

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...the human food chain. By the mid-1980’s, large numbers of people in Britain were unwittingly eating beef burgers, cheap mince and pies infected with BSE.

In 1997 new animal studies suggested that vCJD could be transmitted through blood raising fears of a much wider problem. White blood cells, which form part of the immune system and are found in the lymph glands, were isolated as one of the high-risk tissues for BSE infection. As a result of this concern, the British government required the removal of white blood cells from donated blood.

So does this disease still cause fear for most people? Well the truth is, we will never know until all the scientist finally pin point exactly what the cause and situation of the disease is. And if we can find a fast cur for the disease then less people will stop worrying about their meat. But look on the bright side of it, at least the demand and popularity of chicken has gone up. You know what that means, that’s right, now the government has more money so they can do more testing on mad cow disease. So with that in mind, I just want to say. If it can happen to cows then why not chicken, lets not think too far into this disease.
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