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

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 09:28:51 MST

On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, Michael Lorrey wrote:

> nor can sheep get Mad Cow disease.

Not true Mike. Sheep get "scrapie" which is their variant of MCD.
I think in fact the cows got it from being fed the remains of sheep.
I have not heard though that pigs can get it.

> 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.

Could you explain the reasoning behind this? [I may be missing some
details you are aware of.]


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