CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1194 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 (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1152 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, 2582 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1143 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, 4397 posts, RR: 17 Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1139 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 (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1138 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 (9 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1109 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, 359 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1109 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.
Let's hope it is contained.
Did the chicken or the egg get laid first?
25 N6376m: I'm surprised MattD didn't blame Mexicans for this.
26 Garnetpalmetto: Speaking of Mexicans, Mexico, the largest importer of our beef, just banned American beef. While I'll still eat beef, it makes me feel better about my
27 Sebolino: You don't get sick right away from Mad Cow disease, you can develop symptoms 5 years after eating affected beef In fact, it's suspected to last as lon
28 N6376m: Garnetpalmetto - I believe that the Japanese are the largest importers of US meat. Doesn't really matter because they banned the imports as well. Expo
29 777236ER: I haven't heard of any progress in the research for more than 1 year. Here in the UK we get varying reports of how many people will die from vCJD. Rig
30 Arrow: Just to clarify why Canadians have all manner of sympathy for American cattle producers -- but not much for US government agencies. This story is in t
31 Garnetpalmetto: N6376m, switching to organic is safer as the disease is primarily spread through feed, specifically the fact that the feed supplements given to animal
32 Go Canada!: well how long before someone blames bse on some world wide zionist jewish conspiracy to take over the world? if my countrys case is anything to go by,