On Friday, May 15, 2009, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – commonly known as mad-cow disease. Since 2003, there have been 17 cases of BSE detected in cattle born in Canada. An additional cow imported from the United Kingdom to Canada also developed BSE.
“The BSE Inquiry Report, published in October 2000, concluded that the development of the BSE epidemic resulted from the use of infectious meat and bone meal (MBM) in cattle feed.” according to United Kingdom’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). See: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/bse/controls-eradication/causes.html which also has a link to the official UK investigation.
There are many who, probably legitimately, are concerned about safety. However, there is a deeper concern. For over 8,000 years the cow has been a friend and ally of humans. By this point in time there should be some respect for the cow. No cow should be fed something she would not under normal circumstance eat.
Why is this done? Making the cow an involuntary cannibal is done because farmers have been driven to economic desperation, even when milk prices seem normal.