AR-News: (US) More confirmation mad cow not a 'downer'

Animalconcerns info at animalconcerns.org
Thu Feb 19 15:39:05 EST 2004


The owner of the slaughterhouse that killed the first U.S. cow found with
mad cow disease has come forward to confirm that the cow was able to walk
at the time it was killed.

Tom Ellestad, who with his family runs Vern's Moses Lake Meats, where the
sick cow was slaughtered, says the cow could walk at the time it was
killed and disputed the portrayal of his plant as one that mostly handled
sick and injured cattle.

His claim further throws into doubt the insistence of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture that the cow couldn't walk at the time it was killed, which
required that it be tested for mad cow disease, as bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, a fatal brain disease, is commonly known. 

full story:
http://msnbc.msn.com/ID/4313278/

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