U.S. cattle ranchers are proud of raising cattle on American soil
If there''s one thing the U.S. wants to make sure consumers know, it''s that we can raise cows. U.S. ranchers want the USDA to force meatpackers distributors to label beef with the country of origin of its cows, it seems. Japan is known for robotics and electronics. Taiwan is known for highly efficient manufacturing. Germany is known for rock-solid engineering. The U.S.? We raise cows.
It''s no joke: if you look at what we export vs. what we import, you find that the U.S. economy is not that different from many third-world countries. We''re good at exporting grain, but we import most of our high technology. We''re great at exporting beef, but we have to import our automobiles because U.S. auto makers can''t compete in terms of quality. To top it off, we''re great at exporting jobs, too.
But U.S. ranchers our proud that their cattle are raised on U.S. soil. That''s something to be really proud of, too: cruelly raising large numbers of mammals for nothing more than their body parts. Subjecting them to inhumane conditions, pumping them full of hormones and drugs, feeding them chicken litter, slaughtering them by the millions, and all without a single care for the experience of the cows which are living, breathing creatures that feel pain. Baby cows have mothers, too, you know, and you can call it "beef" or "steak" but in fact, these are cow parts.
If beef is really "American," then that says something rather frightening about our country: we''ll do anything for profit, even slaughtering innocent animals by the tens of millions.
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DENVER - The mad cow scare has widened a division between some ranchers and meatpackers over a law set to take effect this fall that will require labels identifying U.S.-produced beef sold in grocery stores. Right now, consumers don''t know the history of beef products in the grocery store freezer; beef produced in the United States can get a U.S. Department of Agriculture (news - web sites) label regardless of where the animal that yielded it was born. The labeling law would require that beef, along with other perishable commodities like fruits and vegetables, fish, lamb and pork --- but not chicken --- be labeled with their country of origin.
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