Happy cows may come from California, but this cow has gone mad! Mad, I say!
Not to make light of something that will inevitably affect the multi-billion dollar California agricultural industry, but I can only handle so much over indulgence and over production.
This is officially the first case of mad-cow disease to be recorded in California’s long history of cattle farming. This particular dairy cow poses no threat to spread the disease to humans. The only way such transfer can happen is through the ingestion of tainted meat.
The USDA has been very careful to reiterate this statement. The disease cannot be transferred through milk.
Still. I’ll pass. Not much of a milk drinker anyway. Can you name any other species that continues to drink milk after being weaned? Exactly. However, this does pose a serious problem for my ice cream habit.
There have been no records of mad-cow disease in the United States since 2006. That having been stated, let me really scare the crap out of you if you like beef.
Of the millions of cows that are slaughtered for consumption annually, only 40,000 are tested for diseases such as mad-cow. I’m no mathematician, but that seems to represent a pretty weak percentage, yes?
Mad cow was formerly referred to as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE–it is a degenerative brain disease that is fatal for any cow infected. Why not still call it BSE? It’s just not as terrifying to the public.