Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Troubling ag policy is down and out

The plight of disabled cattle has once again been spotlighted in the public eye. As The Associated Press reports today:

"Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced Tuesday a total ban on meat plant slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand. The planned change comes in the wake of the nation's largest beef recall. It would shut down an exception — which critics call a loophole — that allows a small number of so-called "downer" cattle into the food supply if they pass veterinary inspection."

Get the full report online.