The National Cattleman's Beef Association advocates allowing
some categories of downer cattle to be used for human consumption, but consumer advocacy groups are opposed to easing restrictions that were enforced after a Washington state dairy cow was diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy in late 2003.  Younger cows
injured in transit pose no threat of BSE, says the NCBA, and net five
times more income to ranchers when used for human versus pet
food.  About 195,000 cattle are downers out of the 30 million
slaughtered annually.

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