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Killing & Eating Nonambulatory Farm Animals

"Because animals are property, we consider as 'humane treatment'
that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans." - Gary Francione

Why do most companion animals seem to die from cancer? Perhaps it is because of that diseased flesh unfit for human consumption we call dog food. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the slaughter of diseased and infirm cows for human consumption. Many of these creatures have visible tumors growing from their bodies. Many of these creatures just fall down and never again get up.

It is no wonder that cows milked three times per day only live for 35 months after they birth their first calf. In order to continuously produce their 24 quarts of calcium-rich milk, they live their lives in excruciating pain after their bones begin to melt calcium into their blood which is then reabsorbed by udders which pass that essential mineral into their milk. These are continuously stressed creatures. We swallow and digest their pain.

So, cows become "downers". There are other reasons cows go down and cannot stand. Such behavior is often a sign of a prion disease called bovine spongiform encephalitis, otherwise known as BSE or Mad Cow Disease. By eating diseased flesh from these infected animals, or by drinking their infected body fluids, humans sometimes get a brain-wasting disease called Cruetzfeld-Jacob Disease, or CJD. SEE:

All of the above has been the introduction to a page 587 column from the September 25, 2011 issue of Hoard's Dairyman, the national dairy farm magazine.

The entire story:

"California's nonambulatory law will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law bans all nonambulatory livestock from being slaughtered in the state if the animals are being processed for food. It was passed in the wake of the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. scandal in Chino, Calif.

"Hallmark illegally slaughtered nonambulatory cattle and sold the beef into commerce. Then, a tape of the act was leaked onto YouTube. USDA banned the slaughter of all nonambulatory cattle for processing into the food supply.

"The National Meat Association (NMA) filed the original lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California charging that the law violated the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The high Court has scheduled the appeal for its 2011-2012 term which begins October 4th."

The extremely disturbing above-referenced video:

The meat and dairy producers have developed a brilliant strategy and creative solution to this problem. They have successfully lobbied many state legislative bodies which have since enacted laws making it a felony crime for animal rights "terrorists" to film animal abuse.

High-priced lawyers will argue for the dairy and cattlemen. Who will argue for the cows?

United States Supreme Court Contact Information:

Robert Cohen

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