[Vision2020] The Moscow Food Co-Op and Mad Cow
donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 5 16:49:03 PDT 2006
The Co-Op and Mad Cow
Mr. London, last week attempted to tell everyone that the Moscow Co-Op doesnt use suppliers that ever mistreat and abuse animals.
"The Co-op has a clear commitment to selling only meat that
has been raised in a humane fashion."
I took the liberty of looking at just two regular suppliers
of the Co-Op to demonstrate the invalidity his claims.
The first company I looked at was Northwest Premium Meats, LLC. Located in Nampa, Idaho. No website I could find.
The second company I looked at was The Diesel Family Ranch, located in Sonora, CA. www.diestelturkey.com
Northwest Premium Meat LLC, which is a current meat supplier for the Co-Op, has been targeted and listed on vegetarian and animals rights websites like this one; http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/1000556.html
In fact, this supplier for the Co-Op was suspended for a period of time last year by the USDA for violations related to 9 CFR Part 500.3, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/fact_sheets/fsis_food_recalls/index.asp
as reported in the FSIS Quarterly Report;
On 7/26/05, a suspension action concerning Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Specified Risk Material was taken in accordance with 9 CFR Part 500.3.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is also more commonly known as Mad Cow Disease http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~comm/bsefaq.html . Setting aside the huge potential health issues here had FSIS not come to the rescue, this does directly relate to the mistreatment of animals. Animal rights activists have made a big issue of this practice for a long time, especially since the recent outbreaks of Mad Cow in the United States that have been hushed up and the government has cut funding to find and stop. http://organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm
The Diesel Family Ranch, www.diestelturkey.com which supplies the Co-Op with poultry products and boasts a great view and open space for its turkeys, has also had a run in with animal rights groups for snapping off the turkeys beaks. In fact, in Sonora, California, where the ranch is located, it is illegal to clip off the beaks of birds unless the animal is going to going to be processed for consumption, which these animals are going to be. However, that doesnt mean the animals dont suffer the same consequences for a clipped beak just because they are not called someones pet. Those that have has birds know beaks are a vital tool for animals for cleaning, health, preening, straightening feathers, and preening other birds to build needed social relationships. http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/11.21.02/thanksgiving-0247.htm
My point here is not to pick on the Co-Op as being an animal abuser. My point is that Mr. London is obviously unaware of some of the suppliers the Co-Op has and what they do, or is not aware of what constitutes animals abuse or cruelty. If Mr. London believes chopping beaks off birds or buying from suppliers that have gotten federal suspensions for not controlling Mad Cow is not violating animal rights and a "clear commitment to selling only meat that has been raised in a humane fashion," he has the right to adopt that personal use definition.
However, according the definitions of animal rights groups like PETA www.peta.org , environmental groups like the Organic Consumers Association http://organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm , and the Federal Government http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/QER_Q4_FY2005.pdf , at least some of the suppliers for the Co-Op are not being humane toward the animals they are raising.
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