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A Closer Look (Mad Cow Investigation) #744845

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 26, 2003
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A closer look at the first case of mad cow disease in the US introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) The Agriculture Department investigation into the mad cow reviewed; details given of quarantines & of the question of a ban on "downer" cows. [Center for Science in the Public Interest Caroline Smith DeWAAL†- says the US system makes it difficult to trace sick animals back.] [USDA chief veterinarian Dr. Ron DeHAVEN†- says it is time to consider changing the system.] [Representative Gary ACKERMAN - says put downer cows down.] [National Cattlemen's Beef Assn. Chandler KEYS†- says the consumer needs to feel comfortable.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Mabton, Washington: Bill Redeker) The fear factor for cattle & dairy ranchers & the related industries featured; scenes shown from a dairy farm & a dairy plant in Washington state. [Dairy farmers Steve, Dan & George DeRUYTER†, public works director Tootie de la FUENTE†, Mabton Mayor David CONRADT†- express concern about the dairy business.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Stark, Lisa;
Redeker, Bill

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