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Idiots, Fools - 100s Of Elk Shot
To Death To Contain CWD

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello, Jeff - We have been talking for over 10 years about Chronic Wasting Disease and the fact that slaughtering animals DOES NOT AND WILL NOT CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF CWD - Mad Cow in deer, elk and moose.
You would think that the DEC and other governmental agencies and scientists would realize that CWD is now endemic IN THE ENVIRONMENT.
Killing off the deer, elk and moose - animals that are susceptible to CWD - does NOTHING to contain the spread of the disease.
Shooting the animals simply adds to the spread of the disease by putting more blood and bodily fluids into the environment.
It is so sad that in this day and age of technology, all we can do is to resort to primitive method of slaughtering animals, and for what? IT DOESN'T WORK!
Killing of these animals saddens me and it is all in vain.
Date: Tue 22 Sep 2009
Source: ScrippsNews, Minneapolis Star Tribune report
Sharpshooters kill hundreds of elk to contain dangerous wasting disease
Federal sharpshooters have begun destroying a herd of about 700 elk on a farm in southeastern Minnesota where chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered this year [2009].
Sharpshooters with the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Services shot elk Friday [18 Sep 2009] and Monday [21 Sep 2009] on the farm near Pine Island, after the federal agency reached an agreement with the herd's owners concerning compensation and cleanup. A cow elk at Elk Farm LLC -- the largest such farm in the state -- was found to have the disease in January [2009], and the herd has been quarantined since.
The 1300-acre [526 ha] farm was purchased in 2006 by Tower Investments of Woodland, California, and is part of 2300 acres [931 ha] the firm plans to develop north of Rochester for a bioscience research and manufacturing center called Elk Run. It would include 15 to 25 bioscience companies, as well as offices, shops and homes, officials say.
"This is very sad situation for all of us at Tower Investments," project manager Geoff Griffin said. "But it's totally out of our control. The good thing is, it does not affect our development."
All of the elk will be killed over the next 10 days or so and tested for the fatal brain disease, then will be disposed of, said Paul Anderson, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. None of the meat can be salvaged for human consumption.
"There's no evidence that it causes disease in people," Anderson said, "but with a known infected herd, we just would not take any risks with humans."
Tower Investments will be compensated for the animals by the Agriculture Department. Federal officials said Monday [21 Sep 2009] that they're unsure what the total cost will be.
To prevent the spread of CWD to wild deer, the top couple of inches of topsoil on the farm will be removed and stored behind a fenced area for 5 years, Anderson said. Tower Investments will pay for that, he said. "Normally, we'd require that fences stay up (on a farm) for 5 years," Anderson said, "but because of the need to develop that land, they will remove the soil and pile it up behind a fence for 5 years."
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also plans to test 3000 deer for CWD that are expected to be killed by hunters this fall in southeastern Minnesota. The testing, which will cost more than USD 200 000, was prompted by the presence of CWD at the Pine Island elk farm and by the proximity of deer in the region to Wisconsin, where wild deer have been infected with CWD, said Ed Boggess, DNR policy section chief. The US Department of Agriculture will pay about USD 70 000 of the cost, he said.
Though no elk have escaped from the Pine Island farm, Anderson said 2 wild deer somehow managed to get inside the fenced farm and were destroyed. Since the disease was first found in the state in a captive elk herd in 2002, DNR officials have been concerned that it could spread to Minnesota's approximately 1 million wild deer. There are about 20 000 captive deer and elk in the state, and the disease can be spread through nose-to-nose contact. The infected elk at Pine Island was the 6th captive deer or elk in the state found to have CWD.
The DNR has tested more than 30 000 wild deer, and none has tested positive.
Byline: Doug Smith
Communicated by:
ProMED-mail Rapporteur George Robertson
Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy disease; the same family of diseases as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease, and scrapie affecting sheep. While the family of diseases generally produces wasting of the affected animal and often neurological signs such as stumbling, CWD has never shown to transmit to humans and has been around since at least the 1950s, most especially in the western mountain region of the US. - Mod.TG
The Midwestern state of Minnesota can be located on the HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the US at http://healthmap.org/r/00Q- - Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health 
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