By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only



This year, 20 billion pounds of dead cows will be fed to
American farm animals.  These animals, in turn, will be
slaughtered and eaten by American consumers.

Experts agree that England's epidemic of Mad Cow Disease
occurred as a result of feeding infected dead animals back
to cows being raised for human food. The same practice has
occurred in America, although new FDA regulations prohibit
feeding cows their mothers and sisters.

The infectious agent responsible for mad cow disease is a
Prion (pronounced: pree-on).  This protein particle
resembles a crystal, and is very difficult to destroy.
Prions are neither bacterial nor viral in nature.  They
contain no DNA.  Prions reproduce by "folding" mirror images
of themselves in the brain of either cows or humans.  During
this invasive process, areas of the brain turn into a
sponge-like mass.  The medical term for Mad Cow Disease is
Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE).  In lab tests, Prions
have been exposed to temperatures of 680 degrees Fahrenheit
and higher. The Prions survive.  (Page 17, Mad Cows and
Milkgate by Virgil Hulse, M.D.)

Although the Food and Drug Administration has banned the
feeding of dead cows to live cows, they have not banned
feeding slaughterhouse renderings to other farm animals.

What happens to cow carcasses today?  They are fed to pigs
and chickens.  By eating chicken, humans may be exposed to
Prions.  Some scientists say that the incubation period for
the human variant of the brain wasting disease may be as
long as 30 years.

An article in the current issue of Hoard's Dairyman (March
25, 2001, page 217) innocently reports:

"Ban on feeding ruminant meat and bone meal to ruminants may
be expanded to include not feeding it to pigs and chickens,
says FDA's acting commissioner. ({That} would create 10-
million-ton-a-year disposal problem.)"

This is what millions of dead animal carcasses represent to
dairy processors; a "disposal problem."

 Ten million tons of blood and entrails, bones, and vital
organs.  Ten million tons of ground intestinal worms and
cancerous tumors.  Ten million tons of the grossest
imaginable byproducts of animal slaughter.  Ten million tons
are equal to 20 billion pounds.

There are 280 million Americans.  Slaughterhouse renderings
represent an average of 71 pounds worth of unmentionables
per American per year.   Have you eaten your three ounces of
guts today?  Kinda gets me right in the gut.  Continue
eating chicken and pork, and carry the constant image of
what gives that flesh, and your flesh, its essence.

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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