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Cows and South Koreans: Mad as Hell!

Written by PETA | July 8, 2008

peta_asia_pacific_cow_demo.jpgLet’s say that you’re South Korean. Let’s also say that you’re vegetarian. Now, what do you do if you basically sympathize with the sentiments of the tens of thousands of South Koreans who have taken to the streets in recent months to protest the importation of American beef, but you know that concerns over mad cow don’t quite capture the whole story? Well, if your name is Kyung-Dam Park, you slip into a fuzzy cow costume, stand outside the South Korean embassy in Manila, and hold a sign that reads, “It’s Mad to Eat Meat. Go Vegetarian.”

This is what Kyung-Dam Park had to say: “With all the disease directly linked to eating animals, you really have to be mad to eat any meat these days. Going vegetarian is the best thing you can do for your health and animals.”

Park’s point? While South Koreans’ fears about mad cow (the disease that ravages the brain and turns it into Swiss cheese) are well founded, there are lots of other reasons for South Koreans (and everyone else) to keep all meat (from the U.S. or anywhere else) off their plates.

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  • Tabitha says:

    Not to get off the subject…yeah okay I am and I’m DARN good at it…but WASSUP WITH THAT? I’ve had to go to the doctor recently for an infected cut allergies and and an eye infection. First question that was asked? “You have any cats?” “Why yes I do! And you’ll take my eye out before I get rid of him!” Poor guy. For once he didn’t do anything and gets blamed for it… Anyways…back on subject… Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t WE told not to eat Canadian meat for the same reason? Fear spreads faster than anything.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Chris Okay I understand what you’re saying and I agree with most of it. However I have a few nitpicky but nonetheless important points 1. I agree that PETA’s protests can be misleading. 2. CJD is rare but so is rabies and at least in the United States we’ve gone fucking hogwild trying to prevent it. From my vague understanding of CJD it is absolutely horrid to suffer through so why not point it out? Again I agree it should not be done in a misleading manner. 3. Most importantly though even if it’s not intended your statements villify cats. Although it is for comparison purpouses I beg you to please take the stance that being around cats is safer than being near the stairs in your own home and that the elderly and immunocompromised simply need to avoid getting bitten. I say this as someone who had to take 800 plus healthy friendly cats in a back room of a shelter and poison them because some doctors told pregnant women to “get rid” of their cats.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Maya You miss the point. This article is misleading in that it leads us to believe that if you are Korean and you eat American beef you will be playing the prion lottery and likely lose. BSECJD is an extremely obscure disease. I have nothing against cats per se but I wanted to point out that you are more likely to contract a fatal disease from a cat than you are to contract CJD from eating beef. For the record the diseases you mention are rare but 90 percent of cat bites are infected with Pasturella multocida a fairly fastidious microbe that presents as a cellulitis. If misdiagnosed it is fatal in the young or the elderly as the standard cellulitis antibiotics are ineffective. I have taken care of a hundred or so infected cat bites no CJD. In fact in the records of our hospital only one case of spongiform encephalopathy has ever been seen that we know of but the disease is pretty easy to pick up on brain imaging. My point to summarize was to point out the obscurity referenced in the protest. Why be misleading? Be honest. “I don’t want you to eat beef because I think killing and torturing cows is wrong.” What’s wrong with that message?

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Chris I have to wonder what’s this with such vitrol against cats? It’s at least the second time you’ve accused cats of sickening people to death. If you want to get all techincal diseases that little kids carry around flu chicken pox e coli etc have probably been passed to and killed more people than cats ever have. Cats don’t carry airborne zoonotic diseases. People who get sick from cats most likely were bitten by strays who they had no business handling in the first place. I doubt thousands of people die from cat bites from their own indoor cats. Toxoplasmosis is greatly overrated most well cared for indoor cats don’t have it although they get blamed for baby deaths all the time. So blame people for spreading illness we are the greatest offendors. And as far as mad cow disease it’s still up in the air if some Alzthimers cases are actually mad cow. However read this blog and I think you’ll begin to see the light Chris. httpwww.offalgood.comsiteblogresourcesthisischeapmeat

  • Kurt K says:

    Sorry for being boring Judith! If I knew where you lived I would take you out for a glass of wine and I would have a Sam Adams!

  • Judith says:

    Madison you are amazing! Kurt You are boring!!!!! Peace for all animals!

  • Kurt K says:

    Judith that was a funny comment you made! “We are not hurting you we don’t bother you”? Are you serious? How many protest has PETA done how many times have businesses and sporting events been interupted by protests. The reason we “bad” people come on this website is because we want to stop this crap before it gets out of hand! You told us to respect your ethics well I ask you to do the same to me and for all omnivours. Now you have brought in my parents! You have accused them of doing a piss poor job of raising me. That is very nice of you! My parents taught me more about being polite caring and having common sense than any book could. If you want us to stay away stop making offthewall comments about people you don’t know!

  • brandie r. says:

    People should be truely concerned with mad cow disease. I read a story not too long ago about a wife and mother of 2 who had mad cow disease. Who knows when she was affected with the disease. They say it can many many years before it actually shows up. She started forgetting simple things her name how to write and eventually lost it she had one mental break down after another. She was placed in the hospital and had many tests done on her until last but not least a spinal tap was done and it was mad cow disease. It has about a 100 fatality rate and yes she did die. It is wise for people to know the effects of eating meat or rather the potential effects. BUT we can not save people from themselves. We can inform them but they have to make the decision for themselves.

  • Madison says:

    Wheee Right well For all those Who couldnt be screwed to Save animals lives…. well Happy heart attack. Oh and have a look at my awesome play DAD How would you like some beef? ME Hardy Har Har Dad I’m Veg.. Remember? Dad Sure sure But this isn’t Actually Beef it’s a vegtable Me Dad here two things one I’d prefer to stay away from Mad Cow Disease Two I hate getting sick so I prefer to stay away from hospital and meat. Dad Your 12! Me And Plan to live a long healthy life CRUELTY FREE! Oh And Good Goin’ Ana Judith and Lizzey Stand up for what you believe in and Don’t let Anyone prove you wrong oh and Cochran Get your facts right first BEFORE you start pointing fingers. Spread DA luv 4 all

  • Kurt K says:

    I know I really made a name for myself on this site when I get mentioned in the same breath as Cochran! I’m honored. I haven’t even commented on the blog yet so now I guess I have to. Judith you are the one that sounds like the druken nasty nasty person. You have called me names so many times and I have yet to return the favor! I will still refrain. I hope it makes you feel better though! Peace be with. Now I have to clean my guns drink my Jack Daniels and go clean my 4×4 truck so I can pile is full of dead animals that I kill for the hell of it! I was just kidding about that last part. I don’t kill animals for the hell of it and I really drive a Nisan Maxima. But I do own a gun and I like a Jack and coke from time to time!

  • Judith says:

    I don’t get it.What makes you tick? You are nothing but a group of bully’s. You are pathetic and very sad. You guys come here to PETA and you come here with thoughts of terrorizing the people that love and protect animals. What part of that do you not understand? Most of us are VegetariansVegans that’s our choice our ethics. Go to a hunting board or a board that talks about torturing animals that’s where you belong. But go away and leave us alone we don’t need you to come here and bully us. Your parents must have done a real job on you people. How sad that you have to come here and take it out on us. We are not hurting you we don’t bother you just go away and leave us to our board. Time for you to grow up and respect other people’s ethics. Please go away. Love and Peace! Peace for all animals!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher I wouldn’t call CJD an obscure disease whether sporadic genetic iatrogenic or caused by a TSE. 400 cases of CJD have occurred worldwide solely through things like transplants or neurosurgical instruments that were used on CJD patients and then sterilized conventionally but still remained infective. “A study from Yale University showed that approximately 5 of Alzheimer’s Disease patients were incorrectly diagnosed. The patients actually had Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease CJD. One variant of CJD is caused by eating the beef from mad cows.” The incidences of CJD could be vastly underreported or misdiagnosed as AD. Also CJD is not a reportable disease in the U.S. The U.S. tested only 19000 cattle in 2002 for BSE. Trust the USDA? No damn way.

  • Ana says:

    Hello Judith Thanks for the compliment and support and for always speaking up for the other animals!!! Peace and joy!!!!

  • S.Q. says:

    Wow I didn’t know you guys hated Cochran so much. I don’t really see what he’s saying that’s so bad. Maybe I’m not seeing something.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Judith do you kiss your momma with that mouth? Who taught you your style? Jesse Jackson? Would anyone like to comment on the original topic of why PETA uses a less powerful and obscure reference rather than the message they realy intend?i.e. please don’t kill cows because we think it is cruel and harmful a very reasonable argument vs. don’t import cows because there is a billionth of a chance you might get an obscure brain disease totally obscure and misleading. I can live with being a “drunken broken sad piece of nasty nasty stinking putrid shit!” but I thought the original discussion was more interesting.

  • L. M. says:

    I agree with Cochran.. As soon as you’re faced with opposition you resort to namecalling rather than facts. I just feel like your argument would be more legitimate if you would have a little class. But because you have no facts I guess that is all that you can do..

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    If you think the USDA is keeping your beef supply safe you’re dreaming. The first mad cow in the States went right into the food supply. Google Dave Louthan the guy that killed it. The USDA covered it up and claimed it was a downer but Dave knew it was a walker and so into human food she went. The USDA is controlled by agribusiness and their only concern is profit. Countries like Japan and Ireland test every single cow for BSE. The USDA is just going through the motions. I’m glad I don’t eat that crap.

  • Judith says:

    Cochran So here it goes again. I love a glass of White Zin at least once a week. You on the other hand fall in your glass of hard booze and come here and post the most horrific ramblings towards Ana who is a beloved and intelligent woman that even the antiactivists questioned you and told you to go sober up you drunken broken sad piece of nasty nasty stinking putrid shit! And Kurt you are just as bad so I hope you both enjoy wallowing in your shit together! Peace and Love! Peace for all animals!

  • Brookelynne says:

    Cochran your posts are always so eloquent and formatted. You often demand that sources be sited for the opposing our side yet never have I seen you post a source of your own. You are no more credible than a junior high student in his parents basement that was not an accusation and not meant to be offensive just a comparason I did find a study on ambulatory care management with a corresponding author named Christopher Cochran Phd. could this be yourself? I could not however find anything on diet and health or the psychology of livestock. Do you have a personal vindetta against animals in genera? Do you dislike life if is it not your own?

  • Judith says:

    Lizzey Thank you. Cochran has terrorized these boards forever. We keep losing good people because of his bullying ways. He is a pathetic and nasty piece of shit. Peace for all animals!

  • S.Q. says:

    Well Judith I’m not stopping you from believing what you want but it is simply researched knowledge that I am putting forth for you. You may choose to believe it or not. Vegetarians are not always correct on all issues.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    I never said the Koreans should eat American beef or any other meat. I simply believe the message that they do not want you to kill cows because they think it is cruel and wrong is a more important and powerful message than a misleading piece of propaganda. Comparatively CJD is a nonissue. I guess that makes me a moron to judy. I’ll try to move on while she pounds another bottle of white zinfandel. Pink wine!! Yum.

  • Judith says:

    S.Q. thanks for trying to advise me but I would much prefer to take advice from a non meateater. The only thing I do agree with what you had to say is about the way these poor animals are slaughtered. I will never have anything nice to say about Cochran. You live your life and I shall live mine! Peace! Peace for all animals!

  • Lizzey says:

    And the moron Coch strikes again. Judith your post is so accurate!!!!!

  • S.Q. says:

    Calling people ‘morons’ does not get your point across. If you want to change opinions please find a wellresearched article and present it. That will earn not only thought but respect. But I have to agree with Cochran. Same with bird flu. PETA claims that eating chicken puts you at risk for bird flu. However this disease is transmitted through live birds. As long as you cook your chicken your risk is very low. Also mad cow disease is not present in cow meat. Your chance to get infected is present if you eat any part of the central nervous system such as the brain or eyes. I disagree with slaughter methods used today and think they should be changed. But Mad Cow is not really relevant to the issue from most standpoints.

  • Judith says:

    Cochran Now you can add “MORON” to you list! And Kyle You can be Cochrans boy. You two spread nothing but lies. Your both filthy human beings. Go away! Peace for all animals!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Kyle is correct. More people will die from diseases they contracted from their cat than CJD. It is a huge stretch. Wouldn’t it be more honest if the protester protested killing cows since that is the thing that bothers PETA in the first place. Why do you guys always obliterate facts by coming up with such far reaching connections. I have been accused of being a murderer a redneck a hick a hillbilly but at least I am not a liar.

  • Cindy says:

    That’s great! promoting vegetarianism in South Korea You guys should definitely protest “Fur Is Dead” as well.

  • nicole says:

    kyle you seem to be missing the point!!! tomatoes don’t give you heart disease and they and other fruits and vegs are linked to preventing disease. and i see you know so much about disease seeing as you can’t even spell salmonella!!!! the major point is that we don’t want to eat CRUEL meat that has a heap of negative health impacts and more people who avoid it the better the worlds heatlh will be. now enjoy your mad cow ridden DEADLY steak and i will stick to my tomatoe pretty sure i’ll survive a bit of gastro

  • Kyle Hof says:

    The South Koreans love beef and all meat products. They just want to be safe and only domestically grown beef. There is nothing wrong with American beef. More people have gotten sick from eating tainted vegatables than mad cow. There is a higher chance of catch salminela from eating a tomatoe then eating a mad cow ridden piece of beef and it is up to the slaughter house schlauchthof to kill the sick ones and make sure that there meat isnt eaten.