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Posted by Bowser on March 31, 2004 at 09:25:35:
In Reply to: Re: I never believed the Dept of Ag posted by cool j on March 31, 2004 at 03:08:38:
I have posted on this before. The main cover-up that is going on regarding animal deaths on farms is the fact that no one wants to accept the blame for the 4000 animals that die on Irish farms every WEEK! That's 200,000 per annum. We know that there are 7 or 8 million cattle in the country and 2 million are slaughtered each year. But 4000 dying of illness on farms every week is a huge percentage. The animal deaths in Askeaton are not unusual. It has nothing to do with industry though. When the animals on the Askeaton farms at the centre of the controversy were fed properly there were no problems. Askeaton is just the tip of the iceberg for what is really going on on Irish farms - mass ignorance and poor husbandry on the part of poorly educated farmers many of whom are barely literate.
Every town and village in Ireland has a definite excess of cancers compared with anywhere else - if you ask the locals in the pub. But the statistics show that people in the Askeaton area are significantly healthier than the average Irish population according to the mid western health board stats - see report below.
You live longer if you live in Askeaton seems to be what the statistics are saying. Of course the Mid Western Health board could be covering up too and part of the conspiracy to point the blame away from farmers who don't look after their animals properly - remember someone has to take the blame for 4000 cows dying on farms each week in Ireland. The farmers won't take the blame and local industry is an easy target.