2002N-0273 Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed
FDA Comment Number : EC108
Submitter : Ms. Jane Spinney Date & Time: 12/09/2005 02:12:07
Organization : Ms. Jane Spinney
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Do not cave in to pressure from the meat industry and reversed the earlier position on non-ambulatory animals. Do not allow the carcasses of downed and dead animals to be rendered for animal feed. Do not permit downed cattle to be killed for use in feed for birds (chickens & turkeys), pigs and companion animals. (Materials from downed cattle have been prohibited in feed for ruminants -- cattle, sheep and goats -- since 1997.)

Allowing sick, non-ambulatory cattle to be killed for animal feed will result in unnecessary pain and suffering. Downed animals should be humanely euthanized immediately, not kept alive and/or transported to be killed for rendering. Walk a mile in a downed animal's life and then make a decision on humane treatment and food.