|2002N-0273||Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC192|
|Submitter :||Ms. Lynda Pruden||Date & Time:||12/19/2005 12:12:41|
|Organization :||Strickland Enterprises|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| Docket 2002N-0273
We strongly oppose the use of non-ambulatory animals as use in the food chain through animal feed. As you know, in 2004 the FDA followed the USDA in prohibiting the use of all materials from downed cattle in FDA-regulated human food, including dietary supplments and cosmetics. Now you are reversing your stand on this, we are told as a result of pressure from the meat industry. We consider this reason highly unethical, for you supposedly represent ALL American consumers. We believe the use of non-ambulatory animals in feed for any other reason as also unethical and inhumane. Although we assume the FDA is not concerned with suffering as a factor in its decision, we would like to mention that allowing downed animals to be deprived of food and water, put into the transportation system, and dragged to their final death is against humane considerations and basic integrity.
We urge the FDA to prohibit non-ambulatory animals in slaughterhouses and/or as use in any type feed.