Re: "Mad Cow" Animal Seizures in Vermont (sort of)

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 07:05:56 MST

Fact is that the USFDA has no evidence of Mad Cow disease, nor can sheep
get Mad Cow disease. What they have are poorly handled samples taken
from the brains four dead sheep that resemble old age related damage far
more than evidence of spongiform encephelopathy. What this episode is
about is twofold: the cow dairy industry wants them out of business, as
does a New York City importer of european cheeses made from milk of the
same Belgian sheep.

John Marlow wrote:
> USDA Seizes Vermont 'Mad Cow' Sheep
> Updated 4:13 PM ET March 21, 2001
> GREENSBORO, Vt. (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Agriculture agents
> seized one of two flocks of dairy sheep suspected of having an
> ailment related to mad cow disease, one of the shepherds told Reuters
> on Wednesday.
> ``I'm very unhappy about it,'' said Houghton Freeman, one of the
> shepherds speaking by phone from his large and remote farm in
> Greensboro, Vt.
> The farm was surrounded early Wednesday morning by police cars and
> men wearing bullet proof vests who herded Freeman's 233 sheep into
> trucks that would take them to Iowa to be slaughtered and then
> tested.
> REST AT (if accessible):
> bin/news?e=pri&dt=010321&cat=news&st=newsmadcowsheepdc.html
> Killed and THEN tested. Nice, huh?
> John Marlow

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