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Downers may be Down and Out, but Pigs do Fly

According to wikipedia, the popular saying "[it will happen] when pigs fly" (or when pigs have wings) is traditionally used to mean that the specified event will never occur.  Well, pigs do have wings.

Today, the American Meat Institute, the National Meat Association and the National Milk Producers Federation announced that they have petitioned the Agriculture Department to enact a total ban on the slaughter of downer cattle.  The American Meat Institute and the National Meat Association said they would encourage companies to enact a voluntary moratorium until the Agriculture Department changes the rule.

Downer cows also might have contracted such infections as  mad cow disease.  The animals are also more prone to infections such as Salmonella and E. coli partly because they wallow in feces before slaughter.

  • How long do you think it will take before they change the rule? I don’t have ANY faith in a “voluntary moratorium”. Thanks for keeping up on this, and posting about it.

  • cb

    I thought a cattle’s inability to stand was a symptom of BSE and not related to wallowing feces. Perhaps I’m just being too picky about your sentence structure.