Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I wish I were a puppy loving vegan

About a third of an ounce of botulism toxin poured by bioterrorists into a milk truck en route from a dairy farm to a processing plant could cause hundreds of thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in economic losses, according to a scientific analysis that was published yesterday despite efforts by federal officials to keep the details secret.

Because milk from many sources is combined in huge tanks holding hundreds of thousands of gallons, the toxin would get widely distributed in low, but potentially lethal, concentrations and within days be consumed by about 568,000 people, the report concludes.

I can't drink the milk but I least I can eat the beef. Right?

A second American animal has tested positive for mad cow disease, Agriculture Department officials said. The sample, from a downer cow in Texas that died last November, was retested earlier this week at the request of the USDA inspector general's office. The animal had been deemed disease-free last fall, but when a sample was subjected to a more precise test, the result was a "weak positive," said USDA Secretary Mike Johanns.

How 'bout no.

At least Congress is working hard on these and other important national issues, for example:

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) recently introduced a bill co-sponsored with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), called PAWS — the Pet Animal Welfare Statute — that would require USDA to regulate breeders who sell seven or more litters of dogs or cats per year - so called "puppy mills." "To me, it's part of a society that's caring, sensitive to life" said Santorum.

I guess when two senators make references to Nazis on the Senate floor the best way to change the subject is to co-sponsor a puppy hug. Santorum already hugged "snowflake" babies in the stem cell debate. What's next? Throw out a first pitch? Judge an apple pie eating contest? July 4th parade marshall duty? Tax breaks for American flag manufacturers? Remember you're either with us or against us and that includes you and me.


Blogger Mrs. DC said...

This is your wife writing. Your vegetarian, vegan-ish (except when I have a hankering for pizza, chocolate malts or macaroni and cheese) wife. And I wish you were a puppy loving vegan too! Well, maybe not the puppy part. Let's start out with a fish and see how it goes.

10:35 PM  

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