Written by PETA
Alarming new findings from
Britain's Health Protection Agency reveal that many people could still be
infected with, and eventually die from, mad cow disease. In humans, it is
referred to as "new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease," or vCJD. As leading vCJD
expert Professor John Collinge notes, "The incubation period, where there
are no symptoms, can last for decades."
that's Great Britain, not the U.S., right? Well, we're potentially at an even
higher risk because while Europe banned the macabre farming practice that is
believed to have caused mad cow disease—feeding ground-up farmed animals to other
farmed animals—it is still legal in the United States. And while England tests
every cow slaughtered for the presence of the disease, the U.S. tests only a small percentage.
symptoms of vCJD are so similar to those of dementia or Alzheimer's
that there is some indication that a large number of Americans may have been
we can't un-eat meat we ate in the past that may have contained the indestructible
prions that cause mad cow disease, although British scientists are working on a
blood test that can check for the disease. But what we can do is reduce our risk
of future infection by quitting hamburgers and steaks, ahem, cold turkey.
if you're thinking that eating cold turkey or another meat would be better, don't
be fooled—you still run the risk of all those other diseases that any kind of meat consumption
contributes to, including heart
disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
to eat meat despite the mounting evidence that it will hurt us in one way or
another seems pretty mad, right?
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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