Country's largest beef recall ever...

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    Feb 20, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Thanks in part to the Humane Society of the United States the 139 million pound beef recall has begun. What do you make of the situation, especially the fact that some of this tainted meat was redirected to school children! Why does the USDA continually turn a blind eye to the cancerous legions, growths, and infections on these animals and certify them as USDA pure?

    http://video.hsus.org/?fr_story=b2dfefe0f02221333c5fb942f4879218cf9448e6&rf=bm&source=gaba89
  • cmdrkoenig67

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    Feb 21, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    All I have to say is...I'm glad I don't eat cows. As for the USDA...All they care about is the money in their pockets..Our government is incredibly corrupt...Has nobody noticed this yet?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 21, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    I thought the whole thing was disgusting. The footage of the injured and sick cattle made me sick to my stomach.

    As odd as this sounds, I thought of the movie "Alien 2"
    where the humans were webbed in, so they were incorporated into the life cycle of the Aliens.
    I know sounds a bit over the top.

    For the first time, I was really disgusted at eating beef.
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:59 AM GMT
    Most of the beef went to school lunches. Although it was good for the company to do, I won't change my eating habits. As for the USDA and the company, companies know when the USDA are going to be in the area and can "cover" up evidence, so it took longer for this to be discovered. I don't really blame the USDA, the company is more to blame than anyone else.
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    Feb 21, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    Very troubling. Unfortunately, meat is a vital nutritional source for school children, who often get their best, if not only meals, from school meal programs. Meat will never go away from the menus of Americans. We are omnivorous by nature and it should be reflected in the meals we provide to any government program.



    Though I don't always agree with hippie, the quality issue is disturbing. Especially when you consider that it is likely that much of the tainted beef came from the same source. That means at the source there was unnecessary slaughtering of cows only to source bad beef with all the fun lesions, growths, etc. More of an argument for organic, free range meats than ever before.
  • cmdrkoenig67

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    Feb 21, 2008 3:39 AM GMT
    Whether it's the fault of the USDA or the Beef companies...It still comes down to money. They don't care if children get sick, as long as they make money.
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    Feb 21, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    These investigations have been conducted in years past, particularly with the pork industry, basically the same story, all part of the poor unregulated oversight of factory farming.

    A step in the right direction is the current effort to place The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act on the next ballot in California.

    PETITIONS MUST BE IN BY FEBRUARY 22.

    It is not an attempt to stop people from eating meat, but rather attempts to create better conditions for animals before they are slaughtered, providing less tortuous conditions for the animals and enhancing the safety of the food supply.

    http://www.humanecalifornia.org/
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    Feb 21, 2008 7:27 AM GMT
    glad I don't eat meat anymore.
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    Feb 21, 2008 7:46 AM GMT
    Only eatwhite meat but not much at all anymore!
  • GQjock

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    Feb 21, 2008 11:17 AM GMT
    The scary thing was that this was probably going on for years and years without any regulatory control
    Someone had to smuggle out the video in order to be heard
    Where is our gov't on this?
    Isn't the FDA supposed to be monitoring things like this?
    Glad I stopped eating red meat a long time ago
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    Feb 22, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    This has been going on for years and will continue to go on, the meat/dairy industry is a powerful lobby. We need change in Washington of people who dont take money from lobbyists.
  • cacti

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    Feb 22, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    ^Unfortunately, it's already too late for that with the standing candidates at this point.
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    Feb 22, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    I know this happens all of the time and I know this. I haven't eaten meat in 17 years and I have become an avid reader of all things animal welfare related (on both sides), but somehow today after reading more stories, I feel beyond just sick and sad.
    Animals bred into a life of forced pregnancy for milk, to sick to walk after years of service, sprayed in the face and mouth with high powered hoses to get them to stand up. Electrocuted, poked , chained and dragged. Kicked in the face and treated like a thing instead of a sentient being.
    I can't even begin to understand how someone can do it. It just doesn't make sense to me at all.