In fact several species of animals are known to have wasting disease of the brain. Really everything from pigs, sheep, mink, chickens and so on have this so-called mad cow disease. But this wasting disease of the brain typically happens in older animals. And livestock animals never reach full maturity. So the actual cases are an unknown. it is very similar to Alzheimer's disease, which happens later in life.
The bottom line to this tragedy is that these animals are not designed to eat their own species. We have turned livestock into cannibals. There are laws and set up so you could not feed rendered cows back to cattle. But rendered cattle to get fed to other species including being put into cat and dog food. Cows were designed to eat grass. When cows are allowed to experience grass pastures they will reach the pinnacle of health. This is why true grass finished beef is the healthiest of all meat.
If you are truly concerned about mad cow disease then one should do adequate research. Cow byproducts end up in food and cosmetics across the board. Simple things like white sugar has been filtered with cow bones. Most of distilled spirits are filtered using the same ingredients. Cosmetics use cow byproducts because of the affective cost to stabilize their products.
By SeafoodSource staff
6/16/2009 4:16:07 PM - A new study claims that farmed fish may be able to contract mad cow disease if fed cow byproducts. The study was led by University of Louisville neurologist Robert Friedland, M.D., and published in the June issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The risk of transmitting mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), from fish to humans is “low,” acknowledged the researchers.
“We have not proven that it’s possible for fish to transmit the disease to humans,” said Friedland. “Still, we believe that out of reasonable caution for public health, the practice of feeding rendered cows to fish should be prohibited. Fish do very well in the seas without eating cows.”
“The fact that no cases of [mad cow] disease have been linked to eating farmed fish does not assure that feeding rendered cow parts to fish is safe,” he added. “The incubation period of these diseases may last for decades, which makes the association between feeding practices and infection difficult. Enhanced safeguards need to be put in place to protect the public.”
Mad cow disease, also called Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, is fatal and can be contracted by eating parts of an animal infected with BSE. There have been 163 deaths from Creutzfeldt Jakob disease in the United Kingdom attributed to eating infected beef. BSE has been identified in nine Canadian and three U.S. cattle.
Most countries, including the United States, ban the practice of feeding cow byproducts to other cows because the disease spreads easily within the same species.
University of Mississippi researchers said in late 2007 that some U.S. fish-feed manufacturers have voluntarily discontinued the use of meat and bone meal.