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Subject: MAD COW Cattle cull may be needed: Klein
Date: January 13, 2005 at 9:12 am PST

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Subject: MAD COW Cattle cull may be needed: Klein
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 09:33:26 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Cattle cull may be needed: Klein
UPDATED AT 1:57 AM EST Thursday, Jan 13, 2005

Radical measures were being floated Wednesday as the best way to prove
to the world that Canada is taking seriously the danger posed by mad-cow

There are persistent fears that stakeholders in the United States will
use this week's mad-cow diagnosis, the second this month, as an excuse
to push for longer import restrictions on Canadian beef.

The federal government was urged to open immediate and top-level talks
with the Bush administration to explain Canada's response to the latest
case of mad-cow disease to emerge from Alberta.

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein went farther, saying that a wholesale
slaughter of older cattle may be necessary to restore confidence in the
Canadian beef supply. He said he wouldn't mandate a cull, even if he had
the authority, but argued that it may be inevitable.

"I wouldn't order, but if I think, personally and from what I hear, is a
cull necessary? Yes. The answer is yes," he told reporters after a
speech in Toronto.

"I think that the industry, that is the ranching industry will come to
that conclusion and will devise a way to achieve that cull."

Mr. Klein plans to discuss a cull with federal Agriculture Minister Andy
Mitchell and Alberta Agriculture Minister Doug Horner.

Canadian regulators announced Tuesday that an Alberta cow had tested
positive for mad-cow, the popular name for bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE). The case comes soon after news of another cow's
diagnosis emerged and is particularly significant because the animal

was born after the introduction of feeding rules intended to stamp out BSE.

Beef-producing states in the United States immediately laid on public
pressure for Washington to put on hold their goal relaxing import
restrictions by March 7.

Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell  who had been urged by the Tory
agriculture critic to go immediately to Washington  told CBC Newsworld
on Wednesday that his department would continue to do everything it
could to ensure that the border reopens when expected.

The federal government on Tuesday asked its regulators to launch an
urgent investigation into feed restrictions, hoping to demonstrate the
strength of the system before the March 7 deadline.

The federal response drew criticism from Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

"It's time for the Prime Minister to show some personal leadership on
this file," he said in a statement. "The Prime Minister should be on the
phone to President Bush this afternoon. He should be telling the
President that the U.S. border should be reopened to Canadian livestock
because Canadian practices and procedures are sound and science-based,
and that Canadian beef is safe."

Canada's chief veterinarian, Dr. Gary Little, was to have left for
Washington Tuesday evening. A team of U.S. officials is, at the same
time, headed north to assess Canada's actions.

Mr. Mitchell could not say whether the fact that the cow was born after
the feeding rules were tightened would have an effect on the U.S.
position. He also defended the logic behind the 1997 ban on production
of feed containing the parts of ruminant animals, which went into place
with the loophole that pre-ban feed could still be used until it ran out.

He said that the approach was balanced and logical, in light of the
scarcity of BSE at the time, and that it was typical of countries hoping
to stamp out the brain-wasting disease.

The position of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is that the ban was
precautionary and that there was nothing at the time that would have
justified a feed recall.

It was not clear how long these stocks of pre-ban feed lasted and how
young an animal would have to be before it can be certain that it has
not ingested ruminant parts.

Cindy McCreath, a spokeswoman with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association,
told on Wednesday that there is no standard practice on
how much feed the typical farm would keep stockpiled.

"It would depend entirely on the individual farmer," she said.

The case represents the third known incidence of the brain-wasting
disease found in Canada in two years. The first case occurred in the
spring of 2003 and caused a crisis in the cattle industry, with borders
slamming shut and markets drying up. The more recent case was confirmed
barely a week ago. Both of the other cows were born before the feed ban
came into place.

The CFIA said after the previous cow was diagnosed that a small number
of new cases was possible and should not affect export rules.

A herd of cattle feeds near Cochrane, Alta., on Tuesday.
Photo: Jeff McIntosh/CP
A herd of cattle feeds near Cochrane, Alta., on Tuesday.

Globe and Mail Update


In depth
Mad cow disease

A look at the mad cow crisis and how it has affected Canada

* Longer U.S. ban feared over new mad-cow case BSE is discovered in
Alberta animal born months after feed rules went into effect

* U.S. sending team to check latest mad cow case

* Mad cow disease resurfaces despite feed restrictions

* U.S. lobby assails Canadian beef Check all cattle over 20 months
old for mad-cow disease, ranchers group says

* Herd mates of 'mad cow' may have been dinner

* U.S. to reopen border to Canadian cattle

* Bush nominates new Agriculture Secretary

* Mad-cow disease leaves Feed Lot Alley ranchers waiting for

* Klein praises ranchers in first campaign outing

* Canada hopeful after U.S.-Japan beef deal'This is movement,'
industry group says

* Canada's cattle woes

* 100,000 reportedly sign petition to end beef ban

* Drive to open U.S. border to cattle gathers steam

* Beef industry to get $800-million in aid Federal, provincial
governments offer help to sector devastated by U.S. ban over BSE

* Beef ban may last years, document says'International consensus'
will be needed

* DNA confirms mad-cow came from Canada

Related Stories

* Contaminated feed may have lingered in bins

* The worst of all worlds: another mad cow

* Q&A

* The chain of confidence

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