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Beef Recall Response

Written by PETA | February 20, 2008

Many of you have asked what PETA’s response is to the recent recall of 143 million pounds of beef. Well, we’re doing a mass mailing of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit,” of course!

We’ve sent copies of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” to school boards across the country and urged them to add more vegetarian options to school cafeteria menus. But we’re not simply saying that vegetarian options should replace the tainted beef. Oh, no. Vegetarian options should replace all beef because of beef’s dangerous levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can be an even bigger threat to human health than E. coli and salmonella.

Beef and other animal products have been conclusively linked to America’s top killers: heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. Meat-eaters are 10 times more likely than vegetarians to suffer from heart disease, and a low-fat vegetarian diet has been proved to reverse heart disease.

PETA’s Lindsay Rajt summed it up nicely by saying, “The diseases we may catch from downed cows are far less likely to kill us than the fat and cholesterol we get from their flesh. The best way to protect the health of the nation’s school kids is to encourage them to eat more vegetarian foods.”

For more details on the connection between your health and eating meat, please check out the health section of


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  • rojo says:

    Mike the prions certainly are of concern. I understand instruments used in brain surgery are destroyed. Not that spread between autopsy recipients would be of concern. Apparently corneal transplants can also transmit the prions. Here in Aust blood donors must not have eaten beef in the UK during specified years. I can only assume blood products are of concern too. Not sure what to make of your link authorities claim no cluster but incidence of CJD is usually only 1million. I’m not sure how statistics takes into account the wide span of years in this regard. ie over 10 years does it make it 1100000? Anyway here is health auth. report. httpwww.cdc.govmmwrpreviewmmwrhtmlmm53e507a1.htm

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo Research is going on now for a possible link between meat and spontaneous CJD. Apparently many pathologists are very reluctant to do possible CJD autopsies since the prions are so hard to kill. Generally an autopsy is the only definitive way to determine if the culprit was dementia or CJD. There have also been some instances of “clusters” of CJD in the States over and above what is a normal expected incidence. httpwww.nbc10.comconsumeralertarchive3281620detail.html

  • rojo says:

    Hi Mike Q Dr Greger has certainly pulled some abstract facts together. As you know animal experiments prove nothing in humans He’s made a great leap from vCJD to sporadic CJD and then on to all cases of dementia. I’m just not sure why if vCJD cases are so rare in the USzero I think and CJD cases are only in the hundreds how do so many show up in Autopsies? Is it that Alzheimers resembles CJD? Or is it oldies that may actually be spreading the disease. I’m sure we could link some elderly folk to cattle feeding. Sometimes they even interact with the general population! There are increasing nubers of oldies in the world and this seems to correlate with increasing cases of dementia. I rest my case.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo That’s assuming that vCJD is not being misdiagnosed. “Nobel Laureate Gajdusek for example estimates that 1 of people showing up in Alzheimer clinics actually have CJD. At Yale out of a series of 46 patients clinically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six were proven to have CJD at autopsy. In another study of brain biopsies out of a dozen patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s according to established criteria three of them were actually dying from CJD. An informal survey of neuropathologists registered a suspicion that CJD accounts for 212 of all dementias in general. Two autopsy studies showed a CJD rate among dementia deaths of about 3. A third study at the University of Pennsylvania showed that 5 of patients diagnosed with dementia had CJD. Although only a few hundred cases of sporadic CJD are officially reported in the U.S. annually hundreds of thousands of Americans die with dementia every year. Thousands of these deaths may actually be from CJD caused by eating infected meat.”

  • rojo says:

    “Animals were never food” can be nothing less than an outright lie. Even educated vegetarians don’t deny this. httpwww.scribd.comdoc2082785HumansareOmnivoresPortrait While I wouldn’t wish to underestimate the risk of BSE induced vCJD one could simply compare the statistics between US cases of vCJD 0 with the deaths from peanut allergies 50 to 100 per year.

  • Warwak says:

    httpnwherald.comarticles20080301opinionlettersdoc47ca193372f5d649795572.txt After trying to teach the evils of meat to our children there was a 143 millionpound recall that was too late for our children in the school system. Turns out 384 pounds of the recalled meat from Westland was made into taco meat and fed to our children at Fox River Grove Middle School in April and the months after of 2007. You can confirm this with Jim Copp Principal Consultant Division of Nutrition Programs and Support Services Illinois State Board of Education. USDA announced the recall for fears of mad cow disease. I was fired for trying to warn the kids and if just one of them gets CreutzfeldtJakob Disease which is the human form of mad cow disease who are we to blame? How sad it would be if one Fox River Grove child just one child gets a brainwasting disease through our fault. It is called spongiform encephalitis for a good reason. The brain turns into a sponge. I know what you are thinking. It cannot happen here. Meat and dairy have no place in the school lunch program. Animals were never food. We were raised wrong. We are teaching wrong

  • Michele says:

    Ana thank you for your kind words. It IS uplifting to be able to hear from fellow animal rights folks isn’t it? I like reading how others can sometimes explain what I am thinking but in a much more succinct manner than I could manage. And of course it IS fun to get the occasional “burn” in there! The faux Doc thanks to whoever coined that one was it you Ana or Judith perhaps? asks for it sometimes doesn’t he? LOL We definitely need to use humour to release the stress of always having to fight an uphill battle in the quest to save animals.

  • Ana says:

    Michele Love your comment Feb 27 1034 pm. All of your comments are so wonderful to read. Uplifting and at times funny!!

  • Michele says:

    Terry I just requested The China Study from my local public library I’m looking forward to reading it! As to the comments by the big selfimportant Doc about not lending credence to any research done by the Chinese he sure thinks he is smarter than anyone else but ends up looking pretty silly in the end hee hee!

  • rojo says:

    Brandon it’s interesting that the main vector for bird flu spread is wild birds and research indicated they’ve had these virus strains for many years before the outbreaks. At a factory farm no individual bird is more likely to get the disease than one in a backyard probably less if access to the outdoors is retricted.Bird droppings are the most common mode of spread. Unfortunately if one gets the virus it has the opportunity to spread through the entire flock. SARS for instance seems to have stemmmed from bat droppings bird flu from the aquatic bird disease pool AIDS from monkeysnone caused by agriculture but proximity to animals will increase the risks. The biggest concern is the people who cohabitate with their poultry and the consequent opportunity of virus mutation to become transmissable between humans. Humans are only infected by a fraction of one percent of the pathogens existing in the animal kingdom so the danger is real.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    TERRY Don’t go there with Faux Doc. The only reason he is still here is because Jack felt sorry for him. This is the only place people will address him. So because of our compassion we just put up with him… Your posts are great. Peace!!! Erica If people refuse to listen call the media or stage a protest. Make them listen and keep it peaceful. Good Luck!

  • terry says:

    Dr. Cochran You missed the point completely. I used the example Gorrilla because smokey said we have canines which means we were meant to eat meat. Gorrillas also have canines and they do not eat any meat. As far as the China Study it really has nothing to do with China. You seem to think you are much better than me and very full of yourself.I don’t feel you are really worth my effort to respond to any more. Have a good time cutting me up on your next post. To everyone else let me know if any of you read The China Study. I would like to know your opinion of it.

  • Brandon Becker says:

    Christopher Cochran Whether humans are omnivores or herbivores we are clearly not carnivores so we do not need to eat animal flesh to survive. Considering this fact it is unjust to continue to breed confine and kill animals for food. Since we can all be healthy without killing animals we should all be vegan. Any concerns you have about health relating to plantbased diets can be found on this page from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine httpwww.pcrm.orghealthveginfo Finally the China Study is a book by Dr. T. Colin Campbell reporting the findings of the ChinaOxfordCornell Diet and Health Project. Check it out rojo Practically every major disease that inflicts humans stems from our 10000 project of domesticating animals. This tyranny has caused untold suffering to human and nonhuman animals alike. Check out Dr. Michael Greger’s “Bird Flu A Virus of Our Own Hatching.” You can read it online at

  • Anika says:

    Lori You have come back a few times so just in case you read this If we all became vegan the meat industry would stop breeding the animals so quickly and cruelly. Many of them are in such a terrible state they would die quickly anyway. All would have lessthannormal lifespans and we would only have to support them for a few years and would not have processing fees. But it will be a much more gradual process. Everyone on here should offer their comments to other places too so the people who are not alredy looking at the facts can see what is happening. Get into newspapers everywhere you canthis website already has plenty of good information!