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Subject: Over 65,000 sign petition against U.S. beef imports
Date: June 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm PST

Politics/Diplomacy 2008/06/02 15:44 KST

Over 65,000 sign petition against U.S. beef imports

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- More than 65,000 people have signed an online petition to ask the Constitutional Court to stop the impending resumption of U.S. beef imports, a lawyers' organization collecting the signatures said Monday.

The legal campaign came as the government planned to implement the Seoul-Washington beef accord as scheduled on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people have held candlelight vigils almost daily against the government's decision that they say sacrificed Koreans' safety in exchange for trade benefits.

As civic organizations sought legal suspension of the beef agreement, the petition was signed by over 65,773 people over the past four days, said the Lawyers for a Democratic Society, a progressive organization preparing the suit. The Web site went down twice from the large number of people signing the petition, it said.

"We originally were supposed to end the collection and submit the petition this afternoon, but because so many people want to participate we decided to extend the deadline until tomorrow," Jeong Wun-gyeong of the lawyers' organization said.

Each participant is expected to contribute legal fees of 5,000 won (US$5) to 10,000 won, she said.

Constitutional deliberation on the beef agreement is already under way after three opposition parties jointly filed a similar petition last week.

"The new quarantine regulations are illegal, as they are significantly less than precautionary measures that are taken by European countries such as Britain, and will remarkably increase the risk of transmission of mad cow disease to humans," the appeal from the center-left United Democratic Party, the conservative Liberty Forward Party and the progressive Democratic Labor Party said.

Despite the appeals, the beef accord will take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, the court said. It can only be suspended if the court issues a ruling to acknowledge the petition. Traditionally, the deliberation process requires an average of six months, but the court has drastically cut the period to about two weeks over some politically sensitive issues recently.

The Constitutional Court has taken center stage as the last means of resolving conflicts whenever political and social controversy has erupted in Korea. The court's high-profile rulings include its dismissal of the impeachment of then President Roh Moo-hyun in 2004.

Under the beef accord signed in April, Seoul agreed to allow the import of almost all beef cuts from U.S. cattle of all ages, except for specified risk materials from cattle more than 30 months old. Banned parts include tonsils, brains, tongues, eyes, parts of the intestines and spinal cord marrow, all of which are known to have the greatest risk of transmitting mad cow disease to humans.

Koreans say such conditions cannot protect them against mad cow disease. Other importing countries, such as Japan, impose far stricter rules. Japan sets the age limit for U.S. cattle at 20 months and bans bones.

Korea opened its beef market to the U.S. in 2001 as part of the Uruguay Round agricultural agreement, but imposed a ban in late 2003 after Washington reported the outbreak of mad cow disease. Before the ban, Korea was one of the three largest U.S. beef importers, along with Japan and Mexico. (END)

SIGN THE PETITION TODAY, it may be the only recourse for the USA consumer to finally get USA beef tested for BSE. We must stand together and demand a safer BSE free beef product

p.s. should be a T.V. science news special on YTN about USDA Beef to Korea and the potential for mad cow disease here in the USA, sometimes this week. might even have some scientific facts the USDA fails to tell everyone in Korea too? well have to wait and see, not sure if we will be able to have an English link?

Why Americans, As Well as Koreans, Should Be Worried About Mad Cow Tainted USA Beef

By Terry S. Singeltary Sr. May 15, 2008

Straight to the Source

Web Note: This is an important commentary by Terry S. Singeltary Sr., on a recent Business Week story on the controversy in South Korea over their government's lifting on the ban on conventional (non-organic) beef, despite the fact that the USDA is still allowing slaughterhouse waste and blood and manure to be fed to cows, and refusing to test all cows at slaughter. See the Mad Cow section of the OCA website for in-depth information. Terry is a regular blogger on the OCA website on Mad Cow issues.

Ronnie Cummins

One Korean official says the probability of a human being catching a mad cow disease by eating U.S. beef is like the one of a golf player scoring a hole-in-one and then being killed by lightning.

this is typical BSe. you here industry groups comment 'your more likely to get hit by a car than die from CJD'. well, maybe so, but my mother and many more did not die from getting hit by a car, they died from CJD, my mothers being the hvCJD (confirmed), and my neighbors mother died from CJD (confirmed). the UKBSEnvCJD _only_ theory is incorrect. there are more strains of mad cow than the UK BSE in beef to nvCJD in humans in the UK. The deception by the USDA, FDA, and the Bush administration about mad cow disease, CJD, and all Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy over the past 8 years have been outrageous, to a point of being criminal. I am vested in nothing, but the truth.

snip...see full text ;

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