PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, who’s also the
mother of a child in the California public school system, has written to the administrator
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service asking
that the service pull all beef and cow’s milk from school lunches after mad cow disease was discovered in an animal at a California rendering plant.
A group of parents who are “DAM MAD” (Dads Against
Meat and Mothers Against Dairy) also converged on the Sacramento headquarters
of the California Department of Food and Agriculture to urge it to protect
children by pulling meat and dairy products from school lunches.
Roulette With Kids’ Health
What’s truly mad is continuing to feed beef and cow’s milk
to students, especially because “spent” cows, whose milk supply is exhausted by the dairy industry, are the primary concern
when it comes to mad cow disease and
are likely to end up as the kind of cheap ground beef that is fed to schoolchildren.
Given that the USDA has expanded its quarantine to a second
dairy farm, that it still has not located the infected cow’s mother or siblings
(who may also have the disease), and that it doesn’t even know what the California dairy industry is feeding its
cows (because that’s considered a “trade secret”), the USDA must
stop risking our children’s health and remove beef and cow’s milk from school
cafeterias right away.
Farms, Not Consumers
Tracy’s letter and the demonstration by the DAM MAD parents coincided
with another PETA appeal to the USDA urging Secretary
Tom Vilsack to correct misleading statements that he made regarding the
detection of the disease—also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)—that created a false and dangerous sense of security by erroneously
claiming that the nation’s human and animal food supply is safe.
In the letter to Vilsack, PETA points out that there is no way
to know how many other animals are infected with mad cow disease because only a
tiny fraction—about 0.1 percent of the nearly 34 million cows who are
slaughtered every year—are tested for BSE. It’s also likely that milk from the
cow who tested positive entered the food chain, and contrary to the USDA’s
assurances about the safety of milk, studies have already shown that another
form of the disease can be spread from mother to baby through milk.
How to Help Stop the Threat
of Mad Cow Disease
Worried that tainted milk or meat may be on your child’s
lunch tray? Don’t wait for the USDA to act. Protect your kids (and yourself) by
packing healthy and humane vegan
lunches—and keep it up at breakfast, dinner, and snacktime, too!
Article source: PETA Files