Friday, June 03, 2005

R-Calf are not bright

The R-CALF complaint alleges that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to open the border to bone-in and other meats from Canada is “arbitrary (and) capricious” and “increases the risk of importing contaminated beef products from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) into the United States,” which will cause “irreparable harm” to cow or calf operators.

The US Agricultural Secratary has this to say:

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has characterized Leo McDonnell’s group as isolationists who are confused about their own message and who use lawsuits to push their agenda.

“When you look at Canada, you are looking at a multibillion-dollar issue,” McDonnell said later. “Our opposition certainly isn’t going to send flowers.”

R-Calf are short-sighted isolationists who are unable to see that they are killing their own industry.

Though I will comment that the Japanese are protective to the point of stupidity (and beyond) in regards to the supposed safety of their food.