Millions of cows (and sheep) have been killed in Great Britian and other European countries in the past 15 years to preven the spread of two diseases; millions of chickens have been killed in China for the same reasons. The first is known as "Mad Cow", or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in which actual holes are found in the animal's brains. The human form of this goes by the less-obvious name of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. What causes these is an abnormal protein called a "prion". Tissues from the brain and spine contaminate and mix with other parts and non-infected cows at the slaughterhouse. The cows are getting this because people have been grinding up sick cows and feeding them back to more cows. This is not the way nature intended, so mutations have arrived.

Altho it has been said that Mad Cow hasn't reached the US yet, it has . I was told of a case in Connecticut several years ago from the sister of the woman who died of it. She gave me the details of her sister's death, which were horrifying. Although it was originally reported as "Human Mad Cow", someone(s) quickly told the media and hospital to shut the hell up about it and it was quickly "unreported". The death was officially listed as "complications from pnumonia". She looked at the local paper's archives for the original articles and even went to the hospital to request the records and found they were "just not there". < There was also a report from suburban Chicago, Illinois of a man who died if Creuzfeldt-Jakob disease in the last few years which left investigators baffled. It was eventually traced to a bag of dry fertilizer he had used on his rose bushes. He contracted the disease by breathing in some of the powder as he spread it on the garden.

People in the Southern United States in recent years have been warned not to eat squirrel brains, a sort of delicacy in some parts (hey, I know, I's SICK! I'm a Northerner!) because of Creuzfeldt-Jakob ... basically Mad Squirrel Disease.

Morons out there will tell you "Stop Eating Beef!" and think that'll about cover it. do it. Problem is, we use our beloved cow for things you can't even begin to imagine; cow is literally in everything we touch. You have to wonder, when looking the list over, where we'd be with out the Cow. Yet who hasn't mocked one by yelling a loud "MOO!" out a car window when driving past a field of them? (Oh I'm the only one who's done that?!)

If you take a look at where we CAN find cow, you'll see no one in any industrialized country is safe. The problem lies with the fact that a great amount of these cow by-products are imported from other countries, bought from the cheapest sellers; usually foreign countries who have little to no controls or standards for their products. This disease could be passed along unchecked in so many ways; even the number of people who must handle these by-products who work in the below industries, and the industries that deal with it before it even gets to those people, is staggering.

Here's a list of products that use cows.
(Thanks to Hannah for her input!)
Tallows are fats:
derived from meat, bone, hooves and horns
  • Glycerine - (derived from tallows)
  • Cow Fatty Acids - (derived from tallows)
  • Cough syrups and lozenges
    Contraceptive jellies and creams
    Ear Drops
    Gel Capsules
    Pet food and treats
    Fabric softeners
    Asphalt emulsifiers
    Synthetic rubber
    Linoleum (metallic stearate)
    PVC (calcium stearate)
    Jet Engine lubricants
    Pesticides and herbicides
    Wetting agents
    Viscosity modifiers
    Synthetic motor oil (Oleic acid)
    Gel cultures that produce antibiotics (Oleic acid)
    Hi-performance coatings for cars and planes (Azelaic acid)
    Acne medicine (Azelaic acid)
    Cosmetic gels and shampoos (stearic acid)
    Pharaceutical additives (stearic acid)
    waterproofing agents (stearic acid)
    Lubricants (amides and amines)
    Detergents (Sodium alkyl sulfates from fatty alcohols)
  • Glycerol - (derived from tallows)
  • Cosmetics
    Liquid Soaps
    Culture nutrients for antibiotics
  • Glycerin Mist - (derived from tallows)
  • Aftershave
    Shaving cream
    Dental Floss
    Bath salts
    Bubble baths
    Body lotions
    Cleansing creams
    Moisturizing creams
    External analgesics
    Hair Dyes
    Hair mousse
    Topical anitbiotic preparations
    Hemorroid preparations
    Veterinary pharmeceuticals
    Car polish
  • Collagen - (from connective tissues & skins)
  • Hemostats
    Vascular sealants
    Tissue sealants
    Orthopedic implant coatings
    Corneal shields
    Plastic surgery injections
    Meat casings
    Food additives
    Dental implants
    Antiadhesion barriers
    Bone graft substitutes
  • Cow Blood is used in:
  • Gelatin - (derived from collagen)
  • Cell Cultures used in laboratories
    Low-molecular-weight nutrients
    Plywood adhesives
    Foam fire extinguishers
    Chemical fixers for dyes
    Powdered gelatin
    Jellies, jellied candies
    Jelly beans and gums
    Fruit chews
    Pie crusts
    Ice Creams and sorbets
    Wines (fining agent)
    Gel reinforments for cooked meats
    Ham gel covering
    Dietary products (as thickener)
    Beauty masks and creams
    Shampoo bases
    Medicinal/Vitamin capsules
    Blood serum
    Food binders, thickeners
    Binders to improve 'crispness' of papers
    Photographic gelatins
    Cow Organs & Glands are used in:
    Heparin - blood thinner (lungs, nasal mucus)
    Pet food (lungs, organs, by-products)
    Pericardium heart patches (heart)
    Spinal cord/brain surgery patches (heart)
    Chondroitin - arthritis treatment (Trachea, Nasal septum)
    Cleaning agents for dyes and paints (Gall)
    Glycosamine - cartilage/ joint treatment (Intestines, uterus)
    Sutures (intestines)
    Catalase - contact lens care products (liver)
    Insulin (pancreas)
    Hyaluronidase - cartilage/ joint treatment (testicles)
    Pharmaceuticals, neural lipids and cholesterol (Spine)
    Bilirubin - used to measure liver functions (bile)
    Ceramics (bone)
    Cleaning and polishing compounds (bone)
    Bone and dental implants (bone)
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