Category Archives: All about Animals

This – obviously – is about animals, domestic and wild. It will center mostly around my animal experiences that have been successful through divine intervention, IMHO. It is up to the individual reader, whether they decide it was random coincidences that just happened to all come together at exactly the right moment, for a successful outcome… or … something greater was involved. It’s subjective interpretation.

Alice and Ralph

and other honorable mentions

Ralph and Alice are busy prepping the nest. They are not in residence, yet. They are customizing first. Every morning they show up with their little list of “to do’s” and spend the day doing it. Then comes evening – they roost elsewhere. We’re so happy they like the location and nest. They are totally at ease.
 
Did I mention that our walkway gardens are a favorite for the rabbits to have their babies. Drives me friggin nuts. With all the landscaping available to them … they pick our walkway. I have tried to discourage them … but they know us and ignore me.  Just the other day, I was in the garage and I heard banging on the gate.  I walked out and there was Rabbit.  She wanted to come into our patio and I’m like … no.  She’ll probably have them in last years nest.  Last year we ended up with six babies running all over the place. I’d walk out on my patio (nest in walkway, but our patio and our friends, next door, are the neighborhood the first explore.  Last year I ended up having to rescue 2 … and I’m like (talking to the divine) what the frig? You know I can’t handle this type of stuff anymore!!! You know I’m neurotic about this crap. ENOUGH!!!!!  Just like the rabbit…the divine ignores me.
 
[And that’s how I found out – years ago – that the divine also has a warped sense of humor.  When we first moved here … we had birdfeeders over the place.  We spent hours and hours just watching them come and go, take a bath, have arguments, little pool parties… and I have always considered our home, the closest thing to heaven I would experience on planet earth.  And then Isaboe arrived – our resident Cooper’s Hawk – in 2003. I believe she was displaced by the Cedar Fire Complex… and has never left. She has given us more than 40 chicks – successfully raised to juvenile and leaving the area (there is always one that is last, the ‘runt’, I think a female, who mom has to force to learn to feed/hunt by actually leaving the complex. She runs away for a while.  The baby calls for mom non-stop and then will start taking little trips but always returning at night. Then one day… finally… it gets quiet again except for the songbirds and we know she has left.  Shortly thereafter, Isaboe will return and announce her arrival. I always greet her. We have a complicated relationship. In all these years, we only had to rescue one of her babies. 
BTW, once we realized we had a predator in residence, all the feeders were removed (weened) … [said to my husband that I had an “issue” with setting the birds (and other creatures that consumed seed) up for attack by a predator.  (Izzy would do a fly-by and snatch.)  We have the birdbath (that she also uses along with the crows, the owls, the raccoons, and anything else that visits us at night) in a position where no ambush can occur.  That’s why I was insistent we get another tree after the HOA took down our liquidambar.  The birds lost a perch close to the birdbath and had to fly a distance to safety across the commons. High risk for interception.  In a successful legal challenge to the HOA, we planted two trees … one, a camphor, is about 20′ tall now, and the liquidambar we planted just a few years ago – in the same area as the one they took down, is now just shy 15′ (maybe) providing the perfect hangout for the little guys and hummers. In the Camphor, we get flocks of bluebirds, cedar waxwings, goldfinches, orioles, phoebe’s, towhee’s,  that hop, skip and a jump into the “pool”.  And yes … I rinse with fresh water no less than 3 times a day. It’s the least I can do. 
We have the eager kids perched, in waiting.  Husband will be filling the bath for the late day plunge.. and they fly in,  land, act surprised to see the big human with the hose (not) … and fly back to the trees.  It’s their way of saying “hurry up”.  The hummers will come over and do fly-throughs.  
The minute we stop and step back they fly in. We call them “pool parties”.    

MASS KILLERS START WITH ANIMALS

All recounted animal torture as their first violent act.

Animal abuse is often the first sign of serious disturbance among adolescent and adult killers.

When counselors at several federal penitentiaries evaluated inmates for levels of aggression, 70% of the most violent prisoners had serious and repeated animal abuse in their childhood histories.

Troubled children are much more likely to mistreat animals.  While less than 5% of U. S. children are estimated to have intentionally hurt an animal, for children at mental health clinics, animal cruelty rates range from 10 to 25%.  Prof. Frank Ascione at the University of Denver and Prof. Arnold Arluke at Northeastern University estimate that one in four children and adolescents with conduct disorder have abused animals.  Children who have been physically abused and exposed to domestic violence are at even higher risk.  In an assessment of 1433 children ages 6 to 12, Ascione found that among abused children, 60% had abused animals. 

Improving diagnosis.  Mental health professionals seldom ask routinely about animal abuse. Increasing awareness of the need to do so can pick up early indications of the problem.

Cross reporting. Since animal abuse and domestic violence are linked, child protective services and animal welfare groups are training together to recognize and report both human and animal victims.

Ensuring treatment. Several states are mandating evaluation and counseling for individuals convicted of animal abuse.

When we keep animals safe from harm, we also help keep children and adults safe.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-the-wild-things-are/201302/do-mass-killers-start-out-harming-pets

That “Killer” Smile

Animal Cruelty and Human Violence

American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychology Today … the medical community is starting to re-evaluate the mental stability of those who take pleasure in hurting and killing animals … Zoosadism is pleasure derived from cruelty to animals. It is part of the Macdonald triad, a set of three behaviors that are considered a precursor to psychopathic behavior.

The FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appear in its computer records of serial rapists and murderers, and the standard diagnostic and treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals as a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.

But don’t take my word for it… maybe you’ll listen to the  National District Attorneys Association.

The LInk

I’m killing you… to save you.

That’s what “pro-hunters” routinely use as their justification for killing animals.  We’re doing a service. We’re actually the ones protecting the species… really?

If that stupid argument had an ounce of credulity – then we should be whacking humans at every opportunity – because we want to save the human species.  Instead … we have NASA and others looking for new planets to move to when there is nothing left  – except US. (That’s our backup plan ?!?)  But we do meet the criteria to start slaughtering humans – beginning with the most impoverished nations that cannot support their human population on the land they are living on.   Remove the word human … and this is the exact justification used for killing animals.

Hunters, the self-appointed conservationists, drool the “too many for the land to support” argument for killing animals.  They’ll starve if we don’t kill them.  We’re doing this because of the weak and sick … except we know damn well you’re going for the trophy kill.

Right now, the Department of Interior is using that exact argument to slaughter the last of the wild horses (less than 50,000) roaming on US public lands (wild lands).

They claim the land can’t support that number of horses … yet oddly … the DOI has “managed” to find 155 million acres of “public lands/wild lands” to LEASE TO CATTLEMEN to warehouse more than 21+ MILLION cattle being grazed for slaughter.  

THERE ISN’T ENOUGH LAND TO SUPPORT LESS THAN 50,000 WILD HORSES??? How about reducing the number of cattle?   

Now … back to my original thought… using “the hunter logic” – Africa, North Korea, India, China (to name few) are ripe for slaughter.  Regardless of its cause (drought, monsoons, birth rate) we’re not dying fast enough to offset the negative impact of our increasing population. The sick and weak – remain sick and weak. We’ve got slews holding on by a thread. We will pour toxins into our bodies to attack other toxins. We do not go gently into that good night.  

They adamantly profess HUNTING REDUCES STARVATION.  Works for me… let the killing begin.

THE REASON WE DON’T IS BECAUSE WE KNOW IT IS WRONG. THAT KIND OF 20th and 21st CENTURY SLAUGHTER IS RELEGATED TO MEGLAMANIACS, TYRANTS and TERRORISTS… NOT THE “CIVILIZED” WORLD. 

But the fact is – our population is out of control – much worse than the animal kingdom of any species.  We have no apex predator to keep our numbers in check – and we suck at it.

Humans have gone to great lengths to defy death … why? because we don’t want to die!  Humans think dying is a great solution for every other creature on this planet – except themselves. We have justified the raping of this planet, its resources and its OTHER INHABITANTS for our benefit. Not theirs, ours.   We act like we OWN the planet and everything on it instead of SHARING IT and being ONE OF THE MANY.

If that justification for killing is good enough for every other living species on this planet – we should apply “that law” to us.  If we don’t want to … then it’s a bad law.

Birth death rates globe

 

Beef is primary source of E.coli O157:H7 in US Food Chain

Summary

November 2017, the CDC, FDA issued an alert on an outbreak of a particularly robust, acid-resistant, strain of E.coli that is toxic, infectious, and was first identified in 1982. 

McDonald’s Restaurant Hamburger 1982

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating ground beef, hamburger, at McDonald’s Restaurant outlets in Oregon and Michigan. Escherichia coli 0157:H7, was isolated from 9 of 12 stools collected and from a beef patty from a suspected lot of meat in Michigan. This was the first time that E. coli O157:H7 was linked to an outbreak; at that time, this serotype was thought of as rare in occurrence. The only known previous isolation of E. coli O157:H7 was from a sporadic case of hemorrhagic colitis in 1975.


INTRODUCTION, BACKGROUND, OVERVIEW

In a research paper (Epidemiologic Reviews by The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health) called Emerging Foodborne Pathogens: Escherichia coli O157:H7 as a Model of Entry of a New Pathogen into the Food Supply of the Developed World, “A bovine reservoir of E. coli O157:H7 has been suspected ever since the first human outbreak was linked with ground beef consumption in 1982. Prior to that time, neither the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Laboratories nor the Pennsylvania State University Veterinary Research Laboratory had ever detected this serotype in any of its samples”.

The most recent outbreak onsets were between November 5 and December 12, 2017. Among the 21 ill people for whom CDC has information, nine were hospitalized, including one person in California who died. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The outbreak occurred simultaneously in Canada and the United States . The source of contamination was identified as Romaine lettuce … and other “leafy vegetables”.  The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC was very careful not to implicate any specific point of origin, or source. To this day, they still have not identified a common cause that would link all the confirmed cases of contamination in the US and Canada. 

However, a definitive conclusion of (a) where did this strain, E.coli O157:H7 come from, and (b) when,  has been and continues to be, a challenge.  “(1996) A Research Many of the questions that faced the investigators of the original outbreak in 1982 remain unanswered today. Prominent among these is the question of why this pathogen suddenly emerged as a public health problem. Is E. coli O157:H7 a completely new pathogen which suddenly appeared in the food supply or is this a pathogen which was present but unrecognized prior to 1982? If E. coli O157:H7 infection is truly increasing in incidence, what factors are promoting its emergence and, more importantly, what can be done to stop the spread of this microbe?

Despite the multiple federal, scientific and legal research papers on E.coli O157:H7 and its presence in our food chain – the  – and the carrier is under the administration of the USDA.  CATTLE.   E.coli O157:h7 is naturally occurring in cattle.  “Healthy cattle are a reservoir of E. coli O157:H7, and bovine food products and fresh produce contaminated with bovine waste are the most common sources for disease outbreaks in the United States. E. coli O157:H7 also survives well in the environment.

This is a very complex issue – because the strain O157:H7 is almost impossible to eliminate.  The cattle that is warehoused right now in the U.S. (count approximately 98.8 million) are destined for slaughter. “E. coli O157:H7 naturally colonizes the gastrointestinal tracts of cattle.”

The FDA can’t figure a primary source or source of origin for the Romaine lettuce contamination with E.coli O157:H7.
This contamination of E.coli O157:H7 is a foodborne pathogen.  But how did that get onto the Romaine or leafy vegetables which is what the CDC claimed to be contaminated.
Foodborne illness, like E.coli O157:H7 is a result of cross-contamination …. from sources such as reused IRRIGATION WATER THAT IS CONTAMINATED. Sources like feedlots and manure that is taken from the LARGE CATTLE RANCHES with herds that have E.coli O157:H7… (the primary source of E.coli O157:H7) from processing plants and used for fertilizer.
So how close was any ROMAINE production to potential contamination …
#1. The Yuma area, including the Imperial Valley across the California border, produces about 90 percent of all the leafy vegetables grown in the United States from November to March, when it’s too cold to grow produce in most of the rest of the country. The Imperial Valley is the largest producer of romaine in the United States.
#2. The San Joaquin Valley is second in leafy vegetable production in the U.S.
#3. Kettleman City, CA is right off of Interstate 5 and has enormous feedlots and is located in the San Joaquin Valley.
#4. These feedlots and cattle ranchers share the irrigation water (and reuse of same water) as the agricultural farms growing the leafy green vegetables you eat, such as Romaine.
#5. One of the major aqueducts that irrigates the entire San Joaquin Valley flows down to the Imperial Valley. E.coli can live in soil and channels for up to six months.
#6. Harris Ranch, or the Harris Cattle Ranch, feedlot is California’s largest beef producer and the largest ranch on the West Coast of the United States.  Back in 2010 – Harris Ranch processed 150,000,000 MILLION pounds of beef. That is 75,000 TONS which 3/4 the weight of a US Nimitz class aircraft carrier. Harris Ranch does it own rendering and is located alongside Interstate 5 at its intersection with California State Route 198 east of Coalinga. That is in the San Joaquin Valley. That is the same valley that grows the leafy vegetables that you are eating.  The slaughterhouses use   water to wash down the floors of the slaughterhouses, chutes, etc.  That water becomes part of the ground water and aquifers that are part of the irrigation system that is used on our produce. The other water goes into channels and soil.
#7. Water reuse in California is increasingly important, with reclaimed water being used preferably for agricultural irrigation, toilet flushing, and industry.
OK – QUICK REFRESHER:
QUESTION: How would romaine lettuce grown in the Imperial Valley – the largest producer of ROMAINE in the US and the San Joaquin Valley get contaminated.
ANSWER:  Irrigation water and manure … to start.
QUESTION: How is it the FDA’s investigative resources don’t seem to know that?
This is to help the FDA (!) identify the “common food or points where the food might have become contaminated” since they seem to be having a hard time. Romaine lettuce does not inherently have E.coli O157:H7. It must be transmitted to the Romaine. So … how would that happen?  A few ways.
(a) manure
(b) irrigation water
(c) workers
(d) slaughterhouses
Starting with this specific strain of E.coli.  E.coli O157:H7 – is a pathogen that starts – STARTS – in the gut of certain animals. “E. coli O157:H7 is most commonly found in cows, although chickens, deer, sheep, and pigs have also been known to carry it. Meat becomes contaminated during slaughter, when infected animal intestines or feces come in contact with the carcass.”
“Analysis of 0157:H7 on-farm studies indicates that virtually all types and breeds of cattle should be viewed as potential sources of 0157 contamination.”
Stress is being attributed for an increase of 0157:H7 in cattle in the slaughter pipeline.  “It has been suggested that stress may result in increased numbers and/or increased shedding of O157 in cattle.  E. coli numbers have also been shown to increase in the gastrointestinal tracts of adult animals and birds following starvation or abrupt dietary changes.  Cattle are usually held off feed in the hours prior to slaughter.”
“There is speculation that the use of ionophores, a class of antibiotics which is currently fed to certain types of cattle, may have allowed or enhanced the ability of O157 to become established as part of the intestinal microflora of cattle.  The approval and subsequent adoption of ionophores for feedlot diets of cattle in the mid- to late-1970’s roughly coincides with the identification of O157 as a foodborne human pathogen.  Ionophore products are currently reported to be used in the diets of more than 90 percent of feedlot and farm-fed cattle and in less than 50 percent of replacement heifers and beef and dairy calves.  Ionophores have been shown to inhibit gram-positive organisms in the rumen and, therefore, may allow the increased proliferation of gram-negative organisms such as E. coli.  One study has reported that dairy farms feeding ionophores in grain had a higher O157 prevalence in calves than did farms not feeding ionophores.  However, a follow-up study found no such association.”
But we’re talking ROMAINE lettuce right?  We’re trying to figure out how did the lettuce become infected?
“Root crops and leafy vegetables have the greatest risk of infection from manure application to soil. E. coli O157:H7 is most prevalent in ruminant animals in general and in cattle in particular (both beef and dairy). They shed the bacteria from their guts into their feces.   E. coli O157:H7 is more common in larger herds. Pathogens have been shown to be transferred from manure to the surface of crops on contaminated soil particles.  Once on the surface of the crop, pathogens can persist for up to 150 days. E. coli O157:H7 can survive for more than six months in the soil. “
“Irrigation water can be a prime source of contamination, with potential sources of contamination.”  Think of ground water. Think of aquifers. Think of farms sharing the same ground water/irrigation water – with slaughterhouses.  “The probability of contamination of the spinach and lettuce plants appears to be greater when they are exposed to the pathogen just prior to harvest.”
“Reuse of drainage water from infected fields poses a potential source of contamination. The E. coli bacteria can persist in sediment in drainage and irrigation canals as well as in feedlots.”
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I am asserting that the manure generated by the more than 98.8 MILLION HEAD OF CATTLE in the United States – under the direction of the USDA, animals being warehoused for slaughter, is being used on farms, and cross-contaminating our crops.
You cannot get E.coli O157:H7 from horse manure. The chemical constituents of horse manure are not toxic to humans. Horse guts do not contain significant levels of the two waterborne pathogens of greatest concern to human health risk, Cryptosporidium or Giardia, neither do they contain significant amounts of the bacteria E. coli 0157:H7 or Salmonella
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“The USDA is the primary agency that promotes, regulates and enforces government policy in the American farm and food industries. Its primary mission is to implement policies approved by Congress every five years in what is commonly known to as “the farm bill.” This legislation authorizes federal spending on farm subsidies, food and nutrition programs, rural development initiatives, trade programs, farm credit regulations, conservation plans, market support and more.
USDA, however, is not the only branch of the federal government influencing the agricultural sector. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has jurisdiction over how some foods are handled, prepared and stored. It was created in response to Upton Sinclair’s book “The Jungle” which exposed practices and working conditions in Chicago meatpacking plants at the turn of the 20th century.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces laws relating to air and water quality. Regulation of chemical application on American farmland and the amounts of pollutants allowed in local waterways falls under the purview of the EPA. The agency also is charged with implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which dictates how much biofuels, like corn-based ethanol and biodiesel, must be used in the national fuel supply.
“Escherichia coli 0157:H7 Issues and Ramifications” (1994),  “Reducing Risk of E.coli 0157:H7 Contamination (2007)”
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FDA Investigates E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Likely Linked to Leafy Greens
January 25, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, have been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that were likely linked to leafy greens.
Fast Facts
CDC announced on January 25, 2018, that this outbreak appears to be over, because the last case became ill on December 12, 2017. This indicates that the food causing illness is no longer available in the marketplace or consumers’ homes.
Although this outbreak appears to be over, the FDA’s outbreak investigation team is continuing to work with federal, state and local partners to determine what leafy greens made people ill, what people ate, where they bought it, and identify the distribution chain — all with the goal of identifying any common food or points where the food might have become contaminated. To date, no common link has been identified.
Because whole genome sequencing showed that the E. coli O157:H7 strain that resulted in the U.S. illnesses was closely related genetically to the strain that caused illnesses in Canada, the FDA and CDC have been in contact with Canadian food safety authorities throughout this outbreak.
What was the Problem and What is being Done About It?
The FDA and the CDC, along with state and local health officials, have been investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections likely linked to leafy greens. There were 25 cases in 15 states; California (4), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Maryland (3), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).
Illness onsets were between November 5 and December 12, 2017. Among the 21 ill people for whom CDC has information, nine were hospitalized, including one person in California who died. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
Since the outbreak was identified, the FDA has been working with CDC and state and local partners on the investigation. The FDA’s role in outbreaks of this nature is to utilize food consumption information gained from interviews with people who got sick, trace those foods back through the distribution chain to the original source, and attempt to identify the source and route of contamination.
The Public Health Agency of Canada identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada. In the United States, the likely source of the outbreak appears to be leafy greens, but the investigation has not identified a specific type of leafy greens that sick people ate in common.
The FDA has been in regular contact with Canadian health authorities to share information about the traceback investigation. The FDA’s investigation team has also reviewed information from previous outbreaks to see if there are any commonalities between those and the current outbreak. To date, no common leafy green grower source has been identified.
What are the Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 Infection?
The symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing (STEC) E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. If there is fever, it is usually not very high (less than 101 degrees F /less than 38.5 degrees Celsius). Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.
Around 5–10 percent of those who are diagnosed with STEC infection develop a potentially life-threatening complication, known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Most people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. Persons with HUS should be hospitalized because their kidneys may stop working (acute renal failure), but they may also develop other serious problems such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and neurologic problems.
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Who is at Risk?
Although this outbreak appears to be over, it’s important to know that people of any age can become infected with Shiga toxin-producing (STEC) E. coli. Children under the age of 5 years, adults older than 65, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness, including HUS, but even healthy older children and young adults can become seriously ill.
What Do Restaurants and Retailers Need To Do?
Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators should always take steps to avoid the cross contamination of cutting surfaces and utensils through contact with potentially contaminated products. Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators should always take steps to adequately control the temperature of cut leafy greens and to avoid cross contamination of cutting surfaces and utensils through contact with potentially contaminated products. To prevent cross contamination, you should follow the steps below:
Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators where potentially contaminated products were stored.
Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to prepare, serve, or store potentially contaminated products.
Wash hands with hot water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
In accordance with the FDA Food Code 2013, cut leafy greens are considered a food requiring time/temperature control for safety and should be refrigerated at 41°F or lower.
Regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces and utensils used in food preparation may help to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination.
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What Do Consumers Need To Do?
Consumers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that they wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.
For refrigerators and other food preparation surfaces and food cutting utensils that may have come in contact with contaminated foods, it is very important that the consumers thoroughly clean these areas and items.
Consumers should follow these simple steps:
Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops; then sanitize them with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water; dry with a clean cloth or paper towel that has not been previously used.
Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
Wipe up spills in the refrigerator immediately and clean the refrigerator regularly.
Always wash hands with hot, soapy water following the cleaning and sanitization process.
Persons who think they might have become ill from eating potentially contaminated foods should consult their health care provider.
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Who Should be Contacted?
The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD or consult the fda.gov website: http://www.fda.gov.
Additional Information
Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections
Foodsafety.gov on Food Poisoning – E. coli
CDC E. coli homepage
Public Health Notice – Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce
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Wild Horse Slaughter Rant

Where are the environmental voices of influence.  Where is Hollywood?  Where are all the loud-mouth, bigger than life – opinionated – *forces for good* that are so quiet the silence is deafening.

I cannot separate the US government from the tragedy that is unfolding RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.  The US government is taking taxpayer dollars and waging a war on the wild horses and burros of this country .. and 80% of the population is OPPOSED.   The media is JUST STARTING TO WAKE UP.  Ken Salazar started the assault — and it has escalated under the new “czar”.   I just got an email this morning about the President’s trip abroad.

“In a visit to Tanzania, the President launched a poaching crackdown, dedicating the United States to fighting back against poachers and criminal wildlife traffickers.” 

Mr. President – with all due respect – the wild horse slaughter is happening in your own backyard.  This is happening under the direction of someone YOU appointed — and with one word you could stop this.

Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Duncan Hunter, Jr. —- how can you permit this?  80% of the people YOU SERVE are opposed to this and somehow, this massacre keeps going.  Helicopters, sharpshooters —-  what the hell is going on here?

The USDA has decided to start killing horses for meat.  Am I living in the United States?  Over 90% of the population opposes that.  DOES ANYONE SEE A PATTERN HERE?

This administration – ALL OF IT – delights in doing JUST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT.  Mr. Obama … you scare me more than George Bush did.  You are indifferent, distant, removed and selectively ignorant.