There has been a case of Mad Cow Disease reported in Alabama. Alabama, not England, not Canada. Good ole, two-states-away, we-dare-defend-our-rights Alabama.
When Mad Cow Disease started being reported in the UK several years ago, all I knew about the disease was what the newspapers reported, which wasn’t much.
Now I know that “Mad Cow Disease” is spread when cattle eat the brains, spinal cords, eyes, and blood of other cattle. “Ugh!” you may be saying, “But they wouldn’t do that! Cows are not carnivorous!”
That’s right, they’re not. As anyone who had piano lessons as a child knows, All Cows Eat Grass. Not meat. Not brains. Not eyes, spinal cords, or blood. Shouldn’t that be a (excuse the pun) no-brainer?
You’d think so.
Not in the U.S. When the Mad Cow epidemic got so bad in Europe, the World Health Organization made the following recommendations:
WHO Recommendation #1:
Stop Feeding Infected Animals to Other Animals
WHO Recommendation #2:
All Countries Must Establish Adequate Testing & Surveillance
WHO Recommendation #3:
Stop Feeding Bovine Brains, Eyes, Spinal Cords, & Intestines to People or Livestock
WHO Recommendation #4:
Stop Weaning Calves on Cow’s Blood
Europe has complied. That’s why you don’t hear reports about Mad Cow Disease coming from Europe anymore. The U.S. passed rules regarding all this back in 1997, but compliance is not closely monitored, and obviously some farmers are still feeding their cattle things that they shouldn’t.
This is in the “people are pretty dumb and God is pretty smart” category.
God designed cows to eat grass and other plants (such as grain). They don’t eat meat. One day, someone must have had the not-so-bright idea, “Hey, if we feed meat to our cattle, they will produce better meat.” There’s only one problem with this: God did not design cattle to eat meat.
Also in the “God is pretty smart” department: did you know that you can’t get Mad Cow Disease OR e coli or any of those other nasty diseases from eating kosher beef? Kosher beef cattle are not fed any meat products, and kosher butchers don’t even use the part of the animal that is near the colon, so there is no danger of cross-contamination.
Just a little food for thought . . .