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The Biden administration is imposing an Obama admin rule allowing the import of sheep, goats, and certain other ruminants, infected with TSEs: “The final rule would remove brain disorder-related import restrictions on sheep, goats, and most of their products. Currently, the import restrictions function as a necessary protection against brain disorders such as scrapie or mad cow disease.” TSEs can infect deer, and humans, too. Commonly called “mad cow” disease they have a long incubation period and attack the brain, and are always fatal.
This was an Obama era rule change dating from 2009/2016. Biden’s increasingly obvious dementia, appears to be from brain-damage from aneurysms. Pelosi appears to be suffering from senile dementia. In short, the two most powerful people in the United States have lost their minds. Presumably their Chiefs of Staff are running the country. If they had CJD (aka human “mad cow”) they wouldn’t still be alive to destroy the country, as the victims die within months, enduring horrific suffering. As General Russel Honore appears to have lost his damned mind (as he likes to say about others) at only 73, there appears to be no shortage of Dems with dem-entia. If the country survives, anyone, over a certain age, working for government needs to be tested for (senile) dementia. As some people are sharper at 100, than young people ever are, it doesn’t make us happy to suggest this. By empowering addled seniors, Dems unfairly makes seniors look bad. Not all seniors go addled. Many seniors are more sane than younger people. However, Biden and Pelosi are insane seniors. US Senator Grassley is much older than Biden and Pelosi and Grassley’s more sane than the majority of Senators. Unfortunately, he is no longer in the presidential line of succession.
“02.12.21 Rounds, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Withdraw USDA Rule Harming Sheep, Goat Industries WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and a group of senators in a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Robert Fairweather to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rule on the importation of sheep, goats and certain other ruminants.
The final rule would remove brain disorder-related import restrictions on sheep, goats, and most of their products. Currently, the import restrictions function as a necessary protection against brain disorders such as scrapie or mad cow disease.
“The federal government has invested over $200 million into scrapie eradication since the early 2000s,” the senators wrote.
“This investment has yielded tremendous results, lowering the percentage of scrapie-positive cull sheep at slaughter by 99 percent since FY2003. By allowing scrapie positive animals and genetic materials into the United States, we risk reintroducing the very disease we have nearly eradicated. If the disease is reintroduced into domestic flocks, opportunities for export will rapidly decline.”
In addition to Rounds, the letter was signed by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).
Full text of the letter:
Dear Acting Director Fairweather,
We write to urge you to withdraw the final rule on the Importation of Sheep, Goats, and Certain Other Ruminants (APHIS-2009-0095) until its impact on current market conditions has been fully evaluated. The rule seeks to remove bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) related import restrictions on sheep, goats, and most of their products. The existing BSE-related import restrictions function as a necessary protection against the introduction of other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), such as scrapie.
TSEs are a group of rare degenerative brain disorders. Scrapie and BSE are both TSEs. BSE, commonly known as “mad cow disease,” is a progressive neurologic disease of cows. Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease which affects the central nervous system of sheep and goats. There is no cure or treatment for either disease.
The federal government has invested over $200 million into scrapie eradication since the early 2000s. This investment has yielded tremendous results, lowering the percentage of scrapie-positive cull sheep at slaughter by 99 percent since FY2003.
By allowing scrapie positive animals and genetic materials into the United States, we risk reintroducing the very disease we have nearly eradicated.
If disease is reintroduced into domestic flocks, opportunities for export will rapidly decline. Prior to a domestic BSE occurrence in cattle in 2003, Japan was the primary export market for U.S. lamb. Japan quickly closed American access to its market and the U.S. did not recoup it until 2018.
The rule should not precede accomplishing increased market access for American lamb, goats, and their products. By removing BSE-related restrictions, the United States would be increasing foreign imports while trade obstructions from countries such as the United Kingdom, European Union, and China remain in place.
For these reasons, we urge you to withdraw the final rule on the Importation of Sheep, Goats, and Certain Other Ruminants. Thank you for your time and consideration of our request.” ### https://www.rounds.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/rounds-colleagues-urge-biden-administration-to-withdraw-usda-rule-harming-sheep-goat-industries
The original BSE in cows may have come from scrapie: “Research indicates that the first probable infections of BSE in cows occurred during the 1970’s with two cases of BSE being identified in 1986. BSE possibly originated as a result of feeding cattle meat-and-bone meal that contained BSE-infected products from a spontaneously occurring case of BSE or scrapie-infected sheep products. Scrapie is a prion disease of sheep. There is strong evidence and general agreement that the outbreak was then amplified and spread throughout the United Kingdom cattle industry by feeding rendered, prion-infected, bovine meat-and-bone meal to young calves.” https://www.cdc.gov/prions/bse/about.html (We don’t believe the prion hypothesis of BSE. However, it doesn’t really matter that much because whatever the infectious agent is, it gets into the soil and water, and is very difficult to destroy, as well as contagious. As it attacks the nervous system, especially the brain, it makes for a very horrible death. The only blessing is that human victims are dead within months, rather than years of horrible and intensive suffering. In humans, the incubation period can be as long as 30 to 40 years. In sheep, it is around 5 years.
Apparently, sheep and goats can get the cow variety (BSEs) of TSEs, as well as the related “traditional” scrapie, and so puts cattle (and deer) at risk, too: “Experiments dating back to the 1990s have demonstrated the ability of BSE to be transmitted to domestic sheep and goats via oral challenge and other routes of inoculation, and, in one study, for inoculated sheep to transmit BSE laterally (Foster, Hope et al. 1993; Foster, Parnham et al. 2001; Foster, Parnham et al. 2001; Jeffrey, Ryder et al. 2001; Bellworthy, Hawkins et al. 2005; Andreoletti, Morel et al. 2006; Bellworthy, Dexter et al. 2008; Konold, Bone et al. 2008).” https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/18/2016-16816/importation-of-sheep-goats-and-certain-other-ruminants
“Scrapie Narrated” https://youtu.be/MaNMMCQkkSg