CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
The Canadian Cattle Association does not want Canada to close its borders to US beef as the US did to Canada. They instead want to do all they can to support the US and help out wherever they can. The damage is already done to Canada, we've lost over $2 billion dollars from the closure of the borders to beef, so why do further damage in "retaliation" to the US?
VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1682 times:
i have a great deal of sympathy for the American cattle farmers right now, being from Alberta and seeing first hand how the US and Asian ban on Canadian beef has nearly destroyed the Beef industry here, I can tell you that there are some seriously rough times ahead for them. I would love to say that i will do all i can to supprt them but the truth is i wont do anything. Farmers here are still suffering a lot because of of American and Asian bans put on Canadian beef and Im going to have to see that my family is healthy before i help out my friends.
Arrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1673 times:
The US ban on Canadian cattle imports has been in place for far too long, based on a one-cow experience. It is still in effect because a number of US politicians (not the American cattle farmers) saw it as an opportunity to drive up domestic prices to benefit US cattle producers. It was blatant, opportunist protectionism of the kind that has become all too familiar lately. Japan, too, has maintained a ban on Canadian beef.
I'm glad we're not trying to get even -- that would simply harm US producers who, for the most part, played no role in the continuing US ban on Canadian beef. But the government, in particular those politicians, deserve everything they get.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4527 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1669 times:
This is really bad. In Utah and Idaho a pretty sizable amount of land is devoted to raising livestock. If Mad Cow disease ends up striking on a large scale, you can temporarily kiss that economic recovery goodbye, at least in states where raising and selling livestock is an important part of the economy.
I hate to think about what'll happen to some farmers in Idaho. IF and only IF Mad Cow cannot be contained before it spreads.
It's a good thing I'm a fan of chicken. And it's almost hypocritical of me to say that. Because if people start boycotting beef, that also hurts those same farmers.
VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1668 times:
just to clarify this attitude is only of one person and not of all Canadians, American farmers are about to go through some seriously rough times and i have all the sympathy in the world for them, but i personnaly will still stick to supporting Canadian beef because they have been going through hard times now for way too long and for some really bad reasons.
Sabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
It's extremely sad news, and I can only hope for thing: Bush has to take extremely drastic measures. All the cows in the surrounding miles have to be killed immediately (I know, it's sad), and inspections in other farms have to take place urgently.
We've had big problems with mad cows in the past in Belgium, and this seemed to be the only way to solve the problem.
Tokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
"Hopefully this will force the USDA and Congress to adopt the same anti-BSE policies that the British adopted which have seriously reduced the problem in the county where it was first identified".
I would suggest the U.S. follows the example of Continental Europe rather than the British approach, which was disastrous. In Holland, Germany, France, etc, if one BSE cow was discovered in a herd, that entire herd was destroyed. In the UK they only destroyed the infected cow, which was much less effective as we all now know with hindsight.