From: TSS (wt-d6-156.wt.net)
Subject: Re: Would chickens be safer to eat?
Date: November 21, 2004 at 8:40 am PST
In Reply to: Would chickens be safer to eat? posted by Robert on November 21, 2004 at 3:47 am:
GOOD question. they probably would not live long enough to
develop disease if fed ruminant/mammalian feed that was tainted
with the TSE agent. WITH that said, the agent would be in there
digestive track, therefore the potential to pass the agent via
feed made from poultry/turkey by-products to other species is there...
WE know that in the USA these products are still being fed to
not only cattle, but to deer, elk, chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.
THESE feed ban warnings letters are documented on this board.
The 8/4/97 R-T-R feed ban was merely words on a piece of
paper. still is...
ON the other hand, no one is really looking. IF we look at old
data when zoo animals such as the RED-NECKED OSTRICH which
i posted long ago on this board somewheres, here it is again;
The Red-Neck Ostrich 'THE AUTOPSY' & TSEs
ALSO; in Harash Narang's book THE LINK (i believe he went to work
for NIH on TSEs, not sure if he is still there) there is a part about
BSE IN HENS (page 135), that a farmer in kent in Nov. 1996 noticed
that one of his 20 free range hens the oldest, aged about 30 months,
was having difficulty entering its den and appeared frightened and
tended to lose its balance when excited. Having previously experiencing
BSE cattle on his farm, he took particular notice of the bird and
continued to observe it over the following weeks. It lost weight, its
balance deteriorated and characteristic tremors developed which were
closely associated with the muscles required for standing (Fig. 15).
In its attempts to maintain its balance it would claw the ground more
than usual and the ataxia progressively developed in the wings and legs,
later taking a typical form of paralysis with a clumsy involuntary jerky motion.
Violent tremors of the entire body, particularly the legs, similar to those
seen in BSE, became common sparked off by the slightest provocation.
Three other farmers from the UK are known to have reported
having hens with similar symptoms...
with this agent, i would not rule out anything or any species...TSS