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Gyeonggi Rejects Downer Cattle

09 July 2008

SOUTH KOREA - Approximately 600 downer cattle are slaughtered for consumption in Gyeonggi every year, but all that is coming to an end in the South Korean Province.

According to Chosun, the affliction, which causes animals to stagger, has nothing to do with mad cow disease, but the Gyeonggi provincial government decided no longer to slaughter such cattle in the future but buy all of them to dispose of for purposes other than eating.

The news agency says that the provincial government on Monday said about 600 of the 130,000 cattle slaughtered there every year cannot stand on their own feet.

These animals show symptoms of metabolic disorders, fractures, birth defects or debility.

Gyeonggi Province has so far inspected only 1,680 cattle, or 1.3 percent of all the animals slaughtered annually in the province for mad cow disease, but all downer cattle. It therefore permitted their slaughter and sale as beef.

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