Mad Cow Scare 2003

(May 21st, 2003)
Yesterday's announcement that a single animal in Canada had tested positive for mad cow disease (technically, "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy," or BSE) was handled with a surprisingly level head by most agriculture officials and news media. The nation's food-scare activists, however, are gearing up for yet another...

Mad cow? What mad cow?

(March 3rd, 2003)
As we've been telling you for the past two years, the mad-cow-disease "epidemic" promised by anti-meat and organic-agriculture scaremongers was based on activist hype, not sound science. But you don't have to take our word for it.

Britain's National CJD Surveillance Unit, the official government body...

The epidemic that never was

(December 10th, 2002)
British public health consultant George Venters has an interesting take on the worldwide human health panic whipped up over “mad cows” and “mad deer.” Venters calls it “terrifying a population to keep interest going in a rare disease.”

This and other viewpoints were recently shared in a London Times...

Mad cows? No problem.

(November 19th, 2002)
It appears that Great Britain has finally gotten a clue. Today’s Scotsman reports that “the chances of a sheep developing a BSE- type disease under normal farming conditions are, on any base of present knowledge, nil.”

That same editorial also notes that...
In places including Wisconsin, Colorado, Canada, and Louisiana, activists like the Center for Media and Democracy’s John Stauber have been scaring the public (especially hunters) with “mad deer disease” tall tales worthy of any ghost-story session. But it looks like the media, a variety of...
In the years since social activists started trying to convince Americans that the British mad-cow-disease problem would be here soon, science has been catching up with the scaremongers.

The European Union has found that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE -- the scientific name for “mad cow”) can’t...

The Mad Activist

(September 24th, 2002)
When unsubstantiated, activist-driven fears of mad cow disease began to surface in the United States, Doug McEwen was the darling of the lunatic fringe. (If you haven’t heard of him before, check out our 2001 report, Mad Cow: A New American Scare Campaign.) McEwen was a hunter who...
We’ve been telling you for two years how a cabal of organic-only food advocates, leftist “sustainable agriculture” agitators, and anti-technology activists have combined their forces to incite a needless panic in the U.S. over mad cow disease. Their latest strategy is to suggest a link with Chronic Wasting...

More Mad Deer Fear

(August 12th, 2002)
John Stauber, the Center for Media and Democracy’s chief mad-cow scaremonger, is at it again. Speaking at a public meeting in rural Wisconsin, Stauber warned the assembled citizens that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a naturally-occuring illness among deer and elk, posed a serious threat to humans. ...

“Mad Cow”: A Review

(July 10th, 2002)
In recognition of the month when America celebrates its freedom, we are devoting the first two weeks of July to a review of the ongoing battle for consumer freedom -- the threats and the promise. Today, a review of recent "mad cow" and "mad deer" issues.

Fears...