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From: TSS ()
Subject: JUDGE CITES ' IRREPARABLE INJURY ' IF CANADA-U.S. CATTLE TRADE RESUMES - CEBULL ARGUED USDA ' PRECONCEIVED INTENTION '
Date: March 3, 2005 at 11:33 am PST

Judge cites 'irreparable injury' if Canada-U.S. cattle trade resumes
at 13:03 on March 3, 2005, EST.

(CP) - Dropping the ban on Canadian cattle will attach a "stigma" to all U.S. meat unless products from the two countries can be distinguished, says a U.S. federal judge who has temporarily blocked the resumption of trade.

"Once the Canadian beef is allowed to intermingle with U.S. meats, it will open a flood of speculation," U.S. district Judge Richard Cebull said in a 30-page decision released Thursday.

"Neither the contaminated meat nor the stigma associated with contaminated meat could be removed from the U.S. cattle industry and the substantial, irreparable injury will have occurred."

Cebull granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday on plans to resume trade March 7 in cattle under 30 months of age, thought to be at the lowest risk for contracting mad cow disease.

The case was sparked by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America based in Montana, a group of ranchers that has long opposed reopening the border.

Cebull argued the U.S. Agriculture Department had a "preconceived intention" and rushed to resume trade "regardless of uncertainties in the agency's knowledge of the possible impacts on human and animal health."

"Deference cannot be given to any agency that has made the decision to open the border before completing the necessary scientific analysis of risks to human health. The USDA cannot favour trade with Canada over human and animal health within the U.S."

Agriculture officials have not responded to the court decision, which gave both sides 10 days to set a trial date.

http://www.940news.com/news.php?cat=9&id=n030315A

TSS




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