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Fetal Meat Syndrome

Written by PETA | March 29, 2007
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Does eating meat affect sperm count?
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OK, so there is plenty of talk about the whole meat-eating/impotence connection. I mean, who can forget Rocket Boy, Brad and all the rest? But the new research in the UK linking meat consumption by pregnant women with low sperm counts in their sons 25+ years later is seriously disturbing.

The gist of it is that scientists now believe that steroids and sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone—used to make cows grow faster—could interfere with the development of unborn babies, affecting male sperm production later in life. It makes perfect sense if you think about it: cows eat hormones/steroids, women eat cows, fetuses exposed to insane levels of hormones. As if there aren’t enough reasons to stop eating animals already …

You can check out what the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has to say about vegan diets during pregnancy here, and if you’re already a parent, there’s some good information on raising healthy veggie kids here.

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  • WAKE UP says:

    ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THOSE HORSES THAT ARE NO LONGER BEING SLAUGHTERED ARE NOW STARVING slow painful DEATHS in the cold without shelter WITHOUT LOVE BECAUSE NOONEISTAKINGCAREOFTHEM! THATS WHY THEY WENT TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY HORSES THAT NOBODY CAN CARE FOR AND NOW RATHER THAN DYING QUICKLY IN THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE THEIR TORMENTS LASTS FOR WEEKS BEFORE THEY SLOWLY STARVE TO DEATH. YOU IDIOTS. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?????

  • Linda Torres says:

    Well the whole world is EVIL and just out for the almighty dollar. Texas was the worst stealing every ones pet horses and killing them with a nail thru their heads to send horse meat to China. Since Bush is in bed with china he will make sure the horse meat still gets there thru the back door. He added the heavy tax on our gas that is why the prices are so high to pay for the war we should be at for what reason?? Maybe they will hit us with the womens veils. So we need to stop our cruel government and then we will stop abusive control of us and the precious animals.

  • Albert Townsend says:

    Thank you lindsey for the great information! Since my childhood i’m a big horsefan and it is a first step into a positive direction! My aim is of course to stop the killing of all animals first all mammals then also the others! I hope that our way shall not be too long and stony but that the new millennium changes men’s hearts in a positive sence for a better future for the whole planet and all it’s inhabitants!!! That time i shall have a good sleep!!!

  • Craig Petersen says:

    This is something I have suspected for a long time. So does this mean I can sue the entire meat and dairy industry?

  • Timmy says:

    Wow this is scary as hell. Makes sense though

  • lindsey says:

    For Immediate Release COURT DECLARES HORSE SLAUGHTER TO BE ILLEGAL Washington D.C. March 28 2007 In a 51page opinion issued just hours ago United States District Court Judge Colleen KollarKotelly held that the slaughter of horses in America violates federal law. In her opinion issued in response to a lawsuit filed in February 2006 by the Society for Animal Protective Legislation SAPL and other humane organizations and individuals Judge KollarKotelly ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review of its decision to allow the continuation of horse slaughter. Tonight after years of legislation and litigation Americas three horse slaughterhouses can no longer kill horses for human consumption states Chris Heyde deputy legislative director for the Society for Animal Protective Legislation. We call on Illinoisbased Cavel International to work with the humane and rescue communities to find permanent safe homes for the hundreds of horses who were slated for slaughter to give them a second chance at life. The rule that was vacated by the court was promulgated by the USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service to create a feeforservice inspection process for horses slaughtered for human consumption. The rule circumvented a Congressionally approved amendment to the FY 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Act that cut federal funding for the required inspections. Because of continuing resolutions approved by Congress to fund the government today’s ruling is effective immediately. There are three horse slaughterhouses in America one in Illinois and two in Texas. Though the Texas plants were recently forced to stop slaughtering horses for human consumption when an appellate court upheld a Texas law making it illegal to sell possess and transport horsemeat for sale for human consumption the Illinois plant has been killing approximately 1000 horses per week. The American public has overwhelmingly opposed the slaughter of Americas horses for human consumption and now the courts have declared horse slaughter to be illegal adds Heyde. While horses will no longer be butchered in the U.S. they can be hauled under appalling conditions to a similarly brutal death in plants across the U.S. border. Congress must pass federal legislation to extend the protections to all horses and to send a clear message to those few who profit from this barbaric trade.” Currently pending in Congress are H.R. 503 and its Senate companion measure S. 311 which would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption and prohibit the transport of horses outside of the United States for slaughter.

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