Don’t Feed Cows Disease-Infected Animal Remains

Target: Bernhard Url, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority

Goal: Advocate for reinstatement of ban on farm animal feed containing potentially infectious animal remains.

An incredibly dangerous disease could be making a comeback in infected livestock and in humans. Outbreaks of so-called “mad cow disease” have shaped certain farming policies for years. The fatal ailment causes bovine victims to die within weeks after symptoms begin. These symptoms can include difficulty moving, weight loss, as well as swelling and degeneration of the brain. Researchers believe this horrific disease, which can infect humans who consume meat as well, is caused by cattle being fed meal full of animal remains.

In some cases, processed animal proteins (PAP) and meat-and-bone meal (MBM) made from the remains of dead chickens are fed to pigs. As another example, cattle might be given feed containing sheep remains, chicken remains, or even remains of other cattle. In the 1990s, this practice is theorized to have fueled a mad cow epidemic that led to the slaughter of over four million cattle. Shortly thereafter, the European Union made a critical decision to ban the use of PAP and MBM in any foods for farm animals.

As they always inevitably do, special interests have intervened, and this ban could be permanently lifted. Sign the petition below to urge a rethink of a decision that could have massive repercussions for the health and welfare of livestock and humans alike.


Dear Dr. Url,

For over 30 years, bovine spongiform encephalopathy has remained a looming potential catastrophe over farm life. At one point in time, the unforgiving “mad cow disease” was responsible for the deaths of nearly 200 people and four million-plus cattle. You may believe this deadly illness represents a negligible risk now, but make no mistake that easing vigilance on essential regulations will eventually lead to a resurgence.

MBM and PAP-infused feed are very likely the culprits driving this continuing threat. Permanently lifting the ban on these dangerous and unethical products will endanger farmed animals, expose them to potentially horrendous suffering, and put the lives of human beings at risk as well. The EU farming community has gone this long without such toxic methods. Do not cut corners and ask for preventable trouble in the name of needless greed.


‘[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kat Smith


  1. Despicable greed! Humans don’t care who or what they kill or destroy for a dollar!

  2. Please stop eating animals. Go vegan , It’s not expensive. You never go hungry. Animals feel stress, sadness and pain and do not deserve to be slaughtered.

  3. Eating animals is cannibalistic. These are living creatures we share our planet with and not to be instruments for human greed!

  4. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    It’s inconceivable that trained doctors would even think about allowing that crap of deadly diseases remains into any food source, be it for animals or humans. I would like to see them eat the first plateful and feed it to their families. Instead of reverting back to harmful practices and gross negligence of the animals and ultimately humans, try becoming a champion of nutrition and start talking about a plant based lifestyle. It’s a shame that doctors don’t make it their business to learn about basic nutrition. If you ever back, you deserve for your license to be pulled. Shameful that educated people would even think about repeating that horrific scenario. Wake up and do the right thing.

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