AR-News: (CA) Thousands rally for beef - Gathering calls attention to flailing Alberta cattle industry

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Sun Jul 27 08:57:40 EDT 2003


COUTTS, ALBERTA -- If you were just driving by, Saturday's rally in
Coutts, Alberta, looked like a well-attended county fair, with vendor
booths, bands, barbecues and horseback riders.

But the festive atmosphere was deceivingly upbeat. The thousands of people
who attended the daylong event gathered to call attention to an issue they
say is crushing a critical component of Alberta's economy -- a ban by the
United States and other nations on imports of Canadian cattle and beef. 
...
The beef ban was imposed in May after tests showed a cow in Alberta had
bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease.

Earlier in the summer similar rallies were held through out Alberta. Free
burgers were given away to win back consumer confidence that Canada's beef
is safe.

Canadian cattle industry officials say an investigation of the case proves
it was an isolated incident. All of the 2,700 cattle linked to the
diseased cow tested negative for BSE. 

full story:
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/news/stories/20030727/localnews/657593.html

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