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Andrews_last_days_with_mumIn 2007 my beloved son Andrew was unlawfully killed by  vJCD/human BSE, aged just 24. Since then I have created a campaign to find out how and why he died and who is to blame for this terrible disease. This is my blog containing much of the material I have collated and the history of the campaign.

 

WEDNESDAY 7th JUNE 2017

Chronic wasting disease or CWD is the equivalent of BSE in cattle and human mad cow disease/vCJD in people. CWD is killing deer, elk and animals that are hunted and are eaten by individuals and groups across the USA and Canada.

CWD in deer herds is the equivalent of BSE in cattle, and has the same lethal consequences to the animals and also to humans that eat or ingest infected meat from deer/animals suffering from CWD.

There have been many cases in the USA/Canada of people who hunt or have eaten deer developing CJD or dementia type disease.  These cases have been dismissed by the authorities as being spontaneous and nothing to do with the individuals close proximity or having ingested meat from deer. The families of those killed by CJD/dementia type disease, who have been active hunters for many years insist that the symptoms suffered by their loved ones are exactly the same as my Andrew’s symptoms and other victims of vCJD.  Both BSE and CWD are prion diseases and can have long incubation periods. All of these bereaved families concerns have been dismissed by the authorities.

Hunting of deer across the USA and Canada is a huge sporting activity with deer meat prized in many communities. There would be huge financial and legal implications if  links were made between CWD in Canadian and USA deer herds and vCJD within the deer hunting community.

In the White Paper below experts highlight the ticking health time-bomb that CWD poses for deer/elk herds across the USA/Canada and also its deadly risk to humans. As many deer in the USA and Canada and across the globe are wild this also has huge implications for other wildlife and of course agriculture.

Most recently in the USA a deer herd was found to have CWD, the animals who were chronically diseased were destroyed and meat from the rest of the herd was distributed to ‘deprived people in the area’. As experts know, animals can be infectious with the lethal prions that cause vCJD in humans but be symptom free.

This is appalling as it means those poorer people are being allowed to eat meat from a herd infected with CWD, meat that is not deemed fit/safe enough to feed richer and more prosperous people in society.

So are these poorer folks being experimented upon to see how many of them develop vCJD in the next decades? In the same way that Margaret Thatcher and her government allowed BSE infected material to feed UK children in their free school meals and also vaccines made from BSE infected herds? Is this why so many younger people then died of vCJD in the UK and continue to die?

THE COVER UP CONTINUES.

WHITE PAPER
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD TSE PRION ZOONOSIS ZOONOTIC INSIDIOUS AND DIRE CONSEQUENCES AHEAD

Alliance for Public Wildlife Living Legacy White Paper

The Challenge of CWD: Insidious and Dire Only immediate action will avoid catastrophic outcomes

Valerius Geist, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary David Clausen, (former) Chair, Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Vince Crichton, (former) Co-Chair, Canada’s National Wildlife Disease Strategy Darrel Rowledge, Director, Alliance for Public Wildlife

Download this White Paper Download this white paper and other related publications at www.apwildlife.org/publications For more information To order copies of this white paper or receive information about other related publications, please contact Alliance for Public Wildlife at info@apwildlife.org

CWD is now deemed to be the largest-ever mass of infectious prions in global history, and experts sum up the threat (to wildlife, agriculture, our economies, and potentially to human health) in two words: “insidious and dire.” Current policy and apathy toward the levels of CWD consumption by people has been described as “one of the most outrageous human susceptibility experiments in history.

We have a problem. A big problem. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a sister to BSE or ‘mad cow,’ is threatening our deer and elk. Unfortunately, CWD has broad implications. Without immediate action, we are heading for worst cases outcomes that include severe population impacts, extinctions, crashing economies, and, although unlikely, potential transfers of CWD to people.

Chronic Wasting Disease is an incurable, always fatal degeneration of the brain. Technically, it’s a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE), but there are a number of quite different versions, depending on species. They include in humans kuru and fatal familial insomnia, as well as some with even more unpronounceable names, such as the dreadful human Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Gerstmann–Sträussler–Scheinker Disease (GSS). The largest TSE epidemics have been in domestic or captive animals: such as Scrapie in domestic sheep, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or so-called ‘mad cow’ disease, Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy (TME) on mink farms, and CWD in captive deer and elk.

CWD emerged as a particular nasty variant, because it can be transmitted by body fluids of infected animals (urine, feces, and saliva). Unlike BSE, CWD is highly contagious and can spread to and through wild ungulate herds. The infective agents are mis-folded proteins called prions; they are virtually indestructible, can persist in the environment, and tiny quantities can transmit the disease. Prion diseases have repeatedly jumped species barriers—most alarmingly in the United Kingdom, when BSE-infected beef killed 229 people.

As CWD spread, naturally and through trade, the U.S. in 2001 officially declared a “State of Emergency.” Every factor has since gotten worse. It has now been confirmed in 24 US states, 3 Canadian provinces, South Korea, and recently in Norway. Field studies are confirming potentially severe impacts on wildlife populations. So far no transmission to humans has been documented, but the risk is not zero. Non-human primates and transgenic (humanized) mice have been infected. In many jurisdictions, a lack of awareness and availability of free, rapid, and convenient testing of harvested deer has led to significant level of human exposure. Estimates show 7,000 to 15,000 CWD-infected animals are being consumed by hunter families every year, and this number continuing to rise by as much as 20% per year. The combination of threats is sobering. CWD has been shown to persist and remain infectious in the environment, including in clay-based soils that can dramatically increase infectivity (up to 680 times). Decomposing carcasses create contaminated “super-sites.” Prions are extremely resilient, known to resist disinfectants, alcohol, formaldehyde, detergents, protein enzymes, desiccation, radiation, freezing, and incineration >1100°F. Facilities infected with CWD have resisted all efforts at removing the infective agent. Canadian officials report that even on premises thought to be very low risk, restocking with healthy animals led to a 50% re-occurrence of CWD.

 

Transmission occurs animal to animal, soil to animal, mother-to-offspring, and from exposed plants or other surfaces including tools or surgical instruments (even autoclaving is ineffective). Now there is evidence the infective agent is taken up via the root systems of plants growing in contaminated soils, with transfer to stems and leaves. These were shown to be infective via inter-cerebral injection (oral tests are ongoing).

Executive Summary

Left unchecked, the prospects for wildlife are bleak. CWD has clear population impacts; some models suggest extinction. Disproportionate impact on mature males carries implications for hunters and wildlife economies let alone populations. Still more bad news: Efforts for vaccines have failed, and evolutionary or adaptive salvation is unlikely and would be too late in any case. CWD is now deemed to be the largest-ever mass of infectious prions in global history, and experts sum up the threat (to wildlife, agriculture, our economies, and potentially to human health) in two words: “insidious and dire.” Current policy and apathy toward the levels of CWD consumption by people has been described as “one of the most outrageous human susceptibility experiments in history.”

The good news

There is, of course, much more—but we need to get to the good news: There is hope, beginning with the fact that CWD is relatively new—not a long-standing or indigenous disease of our wildlife. The vast majority of our herds are still disease-free. We have considerable expertise, leading-edge technologies, and the benefit of experience. We faced a crisis on this scale once before, almost exactly a century ago, when the very existence of wildlife on this continent was threatened by the severest of over-exploitation. Hunters and conservation organizations led the efforts to avert disaster. With the courage and foresight of presidents and prime ministers enlisting the best and ablest on both sides of the US/Canada border to enact science-based policies, they turned our greatest tragedy into a ‘triumph of the commons.’ Anchored in the public trust doctrine, and now recognized as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, it replenished an entire continent with wildlife.

We need, today, nothing less than a similar effort to manage the Chronic Wasting Disease crisis. We have the benefit of experience and principles for success. Following the Roosevelt Doctrine, the same concerned hunter and conservation organizations must once again be the standard-bearers of principled, science-and evidence-based leadership in wildlife conservation. We must be relentless in following the leading science and scholarship, tracking the evidence, and engaging in comprehensive analysis to foresee the implications. We understand how policies affect the spread of diseases, as documented in the scientific and historical record summarized below. This threat is dire, and immediate action is warranted.

 

While details and methods must be guided by science and evidence, there is significant agreement on critical needs; and we have assurances from leading experts and labs that we have the capacity to meet this challenge. We must secure mandate and funding to:

 

  1. Contain the geographic spread of CWD by enacting and enforcing an immediate ban on the movement of all live cervids, all potentially CWD-infected carcasses, animal parts, products, exposed equipment, trailers, or other sources of infectious materials.

 

  1. Mandate and implement for hunters, convenient, cost-free, rapid testing of all animals harvested from CWD-affected areas.

 

  1. Ensure that no CWD-infected material reaches the food or feed chains, and that it is instead properly disposed of.

 

  1. Establish and fund accountable research and science-based policy to protect public interest (health, wildlife and related industries, agriculture, our economies and communities).

 

The issues are numerous, serious, and complex, but complacency is not an option. The sooner we act, the greater the prospects to protect our greatest living legacy. Further details, discussion, citations, and scientific references follow.

Potential Risk of Transfer to People There are few considerations which require greater foundational context than questions of zoonotic risk of infectious diseases. Combining public policy and science is very much a matter of addressing uncertain risks that are dynamic, evolving, and with complex, even profound consequences.

The reality is that most (~70%) emerging zoonotic diseases have come from animals.150, 151 Each presented uncertain risks, and in every instance there was a point in history where the animal to human transfer of that particular pathogen had not yet occurred. Such absence of evidence or ‘proof’ can often elicit false inferences that dismiss or underestimate the risk. The UK example of BSE (unexpectedly) transferring to people as vCJD, is but one recent example.152 The impacts were complex, extending far beyond immediate victims, bringing serious and prolonged socioeconomic and health consequences that included suicides tied to the severe economic impacts of BSE on the agricultural economy.153 There are persisting uncertain zoonotic risks related to the BSE that remain to this day. For example, findings in lymphoreticular tissue (archived through appendix samples) indicate that 1 in 2,000 of the UK population are asymptomatic carriers infected with abnormal PrP.154 The long term implications are unknown.

Zoonotic risks are neither static nor merely historic phenomena: “it is estimated that approximately 75 per cent of ‘new’ human pathogens reported in the past 25 years have originated in animals and the risk of zoonoses is predicted to continue to increase.”155 As status quo matters of public policy they require consideration of known and potential consequences. “The Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that, in the year 2000, infectious diseases were responsible for 22% of all deaths and 27% of disability-adjusted life years worldwide.”156

Such risk profiles can only be considered as snapshots in dynamic, evolving landscapes, where observation and evidence of variability—indicating change or evolution—is a vital consideration. This underscores the very essence of the precautionary principle, and nowhere is it more requisite than with respect to infectious pathogens. Inadequate policy or regulatory failures can result in pandemics that kill thousands or even millions of people or other animals, causing enormous damage on economies and ecosystems.

The Precautionary Principle

Where there is a potential for severe or irreversible harm, especially to public wellbeing and interest, an absence of scientific consensus or proof of harm cannot be used to allow or maintain policies or actions underlying the risk. In such cases, the burden to ‘prove safety’ falls on those advocating the potentially harmful policy or action.157

The standard of “severe or irreversible harm” is a very high bar; yet one CWD has long surpassed regarding public wildlife. It is only against that backdrop that the potential transference of CWD to people can be reasonably considered. We must consider risk, consequences, and even worst case scenarios. The fact is that prion diseases are described by physicians and victim’s families as aggressive, horrific, and dreadful.

Faced, in his medical practice, with the reality of human prion and neurodegenerative diseases, a leading scientists like Dr. Neil Cashman, (former) Scientific Director, PrioNet Canada, have long warned that CWD is “an emergency in slow motion.” At the “On The Horizon” PrioNet Research Conference Dr. Cashman summarized the background and urgency as follows:

“CWD is spreading like wildfire. From a few foci in Saskatchewan, it has now come to involve deer and elk in Alberta and Saskatchewan and there are no geographical barriers. It will spread until it infects the entire continent. It also spreads across species. …It can persist in water; it can persist in soil. It’s spreading without check. It’s arguably the most contagious prion disease, and the human health impact is unknown. We just frankly do not know if humans are susceptible to chronic wasting disease. It’s an emergency in slow motion.”158

 

This combination of growth, spread, changing risk, and extreme consequence explains the near unanimity of caution in available zoonotic analyses: “Although the zoonotic potential of CWD is considered low, identification of multiple CWD strains and the potential for agent evolution upon serial passage hinders a definitive conclusion.”159

 

Assessing zoonotic risk of new, emerging, and especially fatal diseases, is challenged by the inability to experimentally test susceptibility in people. Indeed, the ethical challenges are formidable enough regarding potential treatments. Yet questions of susceptibility require new approaches combining epidemiological and laboratory analyses (both in vitro and in vivo), as well as considerations of known and probable human exposure. Questions of appropriate policy and regulatory responses must be weighed against all implied consequences (biological, social, and economic), and the entire range of outcomes. This must include potential worst case scenarios even if they are thought extremely unlikely, not just because of evolving risk, but because market, media, and societal responses are often based more on perception than on science or reality.

Experts weigh in

Given their own and the risk analyses of others, leading scientists are expressing concern: “The increasing levels of CWD exposure are highly concerning.” “As a matter of policy, I believe all animals taken from CWD-infected areas should be tested before consumption and people should definitely not be consuming any infected material.”181

Qingzhong Kong, PhD, Case Western Reserve University

“The CWD situation and increasing levels of CWD exposure is a concern for cervid and human public health.” “CWD-testing should be conducted on animals harvested from CWD-infected areas prior to consumption.”182

Candace Mathiason, PhD, Colorado State University

“ … The more opportunity to expose humans to this stuff, the more we’re potentially playing with fire, in terms of these strain adaptations. It wouldn’t take very many cases of human prion disease that were linked back to chronic wasting disease, to where this whole conversation could change, fairly dramatically, and pretty much overnight. So I think while we have the opportunity, to get out in front of this … where we can as best we can, we should probably take advantage of that.”183

 

Michael Miller, PhD, CO Division of Wildlife

 

The full spectrum

 

The scope of human exposure to CWD is broader than is generally appreciated. It includes some direct exposures that have been largely ignored, lessons from history notwithstanding. When early suspicions of BSE being spread through consumption of blood, bone, and nerve tissues were confirmed in 1988,184 it led to bans on feeding meat and bone meal (MBM) supplements.185 Yet the potential risk of CWD in velvet antlers (i.e., blood, bone, and nerve tissue) sold for human consumption continued to be ignored long after both the confirmation of BSE being transferred to people as vCJD,186 and the repeated findings of CWD on game farms.187

 

A Risk Assessment of TSE products (dated June 2000) undertaken for Health Canada identified “pharmaceutical products containing high risk tissues and elk antler velvet food supplement” as the highest ranking risks.188 Under public pressure the Canadian Food Inspection Agency pledged in October 2000 to destroy velvet antler from CWD-infected animals. However, no recalls nor warnings to potential consumers have ever been issued.189 The difficulty of recalling product widely distributed throughout Asia is accepted; but it also illustrates the challenge and the consequences of failing to detecting potential zoonotic transfer. Furthermore, this passive approach regarding velvet antler continues even after confirmation of PrPd in velvet antler in 2009.190

 

Why worry?

 

As evident from challenges in achieving a CWD vaccine for cervids, there is little hope that breakthrough treatments would soon emerge. CWD has been in the shadows; but the toll of other protein misfolding diseases in people (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS, CreutzfeldtJakob, etc.) affects tens of millions of Americans and cost hundreds of $billions per year. Yet the scale of complexity and level of difficulty is such, that, even after decades of research, there are no cures, and few effective treatments for any of them.191 Moreover, and as with any disease, containing and managing risk of CWD will demand an understanding and acceptance of the relentless capacity of this disease, as it continues to grow, spread, persist, and evolve. “Prions are distinguished from other amyloid diseases both by their infectious character and the observed exponential growth of infectious material.”192

 

With its growth and spread, human exposure from all sources has been increasing exponentially, and we would do well to consider the implications of both known and unknown factors. For example, prion load has been shown to be relevant, but note the title of McLean and Fryer’s 2011 work “There is No Safe Dose of Prions.” Analysis of 4,338 mice showed “that infection is possible at the very low dose of a 1000-fold dilution of the dose that infects half the challenged animals (ID50).” 193

 

After pointing out that bank voles (which are circumpolar) are described as the ‘universal acceptor for prions,’ Sigurdson asks if the sequence in the human ?2-?2 loop creates a permissive host PrPC sequence that is converted by prions from other species, despite sequence mismatches.194 With multiple avenues of direct and indirect human exposure, potential bioaccumulation, the potential role of co-factors, stressors, and potentially consequential passage to or through intermediate species, caution remains prudent. Moreover, it’s becoming clear that our understanding will be well served by looking beyond mammals. Quite apart from the work documenting mammalian prions taken up or adhering to plants, Susan Lindquist’s team has recently shown the “first protein from the plant kingdom with bona fide prion attributes.”195

 

Science, our greatest ally

 

These analyses outline more than risk: they offer hope. Lindquist has long been at the front of breakthrough prion research with yeast, and has not only documented many collaborative interactions, but key evolutionary and epigenetic analyses to help explain the phenotypic benefits that have conserved prion existence for 800 million years. These and other insights 196 into prion function may well open opportunities to prevent, limit, or potentially even reverse prion disease.197

 

However hopeful those breakthroughs might be, they are distant, and the levels of human exposure to CWD are already into the UK’s range of 1,000—10,000 BSEinfected carcasses sufficient to result in BSE transferring to a person.198 North American hunter families are consuming some 7,000—15,000 CWD-infected animals per year, and the number is growing exponentially.199 Though deer are much smaller in mass than cattle, this is more than offset by the fact that CWD prions are spread far more broadly than BSE prions in tissues most likely to be consumed.200 Prion load per animal may thus be higher in deer, despite the difference in mass. And while retail markets for beef reach more genetically susceptible consumers, that is less comforting when considering that the entire deer is often consumed by one hunter family.

 

Overall, the zoonotic risk profile of CWD is complex, uncertain and evolving. Without exception, dozens of experts consulted for this work concur with the current Director, Prion Diseases Program for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Dr. Michael Coulthart, who describes the risk of CWD transferring to people as “far from negligible.”201

 

Implications are broad, deep, and longterm

 

What is clear to policy analysts is that even a single transfer of CWD to a person will carry catastrophic implications in reactions of the public, in markets, and in public policy and international trade, regardless of how the disease manifests. And we cannot ignore the reality that CWD is highly contagious in deer.202

 

It is not inconceivable that a possible transfer to people could result in similar prion shedding in urine, feces, and saliva. Such an occurrence is beyond any known, practical means of containment or treatment, or avenues to curtail the economic fallout. If less dramatic, the risk profile is broad, complex, and with potentially dire outcomes at every turn. As to one minor example: consider the risk of CWD transfer through pet food. That was included in the UK’s updated, March 2016 Qualitative Risk Assessment regarding chronic wasting disease being introduced into Great Britain.203 The assessment asks: What is the risk of CWD being introduced into Great Britain (GB) from North America and causing infection in deer?

 

The analysis focuses on three routes of potential CWD introduction:

 

  1. importation of animal feed

 

  1. importation of deer urine lures

 

  1. importation of CWD prion on contaminated equipment and clothing/footwear of hunters or other tourists and British servicemen

 

The assessment cites the European Union Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), which confirmed that “in November and December 2015, for example, GB imported 13.6112 tonnes of processed cat and dog food (including dog chews) containing products of ungulate origin from Canada and USA.”

 

The UK Assessment points out that while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that CWD positive deer or elk, or even such considered at risk, may not enter the animal feed system, it is only a recommendation. They therefore conclude that CWD risk material “may constitute a small percentage of the very low tonnage of non-fish origin processed animal proteins imported from the U.S. into GB.” therefore considers that “there is a greater than negligible risk that (nonruminant) animal feed and pet food containing deer and/or elk protein is imported into GB.” (Emphasis in the original.)

 

As more information becomes known, and major market players get involved, that status quo is unlikely to stay. Pet food regularly includes a variety of rendered animals and animal parts, including road kills. Sept. 15, 2003 the FDA issued guidance that “Material from CWD positive deer and elk may not be used in any animal feed.” That may have seemed a solid precautionary measure, however, Dr. Dave Clausen (from the CWD positive state of Wisconsin) explained that the results soon turned perverse: “Since results of CWD tests would typically take a few days or weeks, renderers in the CWD areas cite this section as the reason to not accept any deer carcasses that have been tested for CWD. Fear was that a positive test would compromise their interest and/or shut down operation. Thus renderers will take untested carcasses just not tested ones.”204

 

Then, with CWD continuing to extend its range to 24 states and 2 provinces, the FDA recently took further steps, adding a section to cover: “deer and elk considered at high risk for CWD”205 But as the UK Assessment pointed out, this is mere guidance, and does not establish legally enforceable responsibilities.206 Moreover, FDA rules and guidelines for ensuring composition requirements, compliance, monitoring and enforcement are weak, and interstate and international transport of pet foods is widespread and poorly regulated.207

 

Given their experience with BSE, the UK assessment of risk via pet food is somewhat surprising. Their experience included the world’s first documented instance of interspecies transfer of prion diseases in 1990, when a house cat developed scrapie-like skin irritation so fierce he licked himself bare. Dubbed “Mad Max” by the British press, the cat died from Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy (FSE), a toll eventually reaching 89 domestic cats in UK, one in Northern Ireland, one in Norway, one in Switzerland, and one in Liechtenstein.

 

Virtually all species of large cats in zoos were similarly infected, including: five cheetahs, three pumas, three ocelots, three tigers, five lions, and one Asian Leopard Cat.208 All were instances of simple oral ingestion of BSEcontaminated feed. The news of transfer across species barriers immediately rocked public confidence and affected markets, which were damaged further with the subsequent admission that people were dying of vCJD from consuming infected beef.209

 

The UK assessment outlines a similarly “greater than negligible” risk of importation of CWD prion on contaminated equipment and clothing/footwear of hunters, and that “the annual risk of at least one infection of deer in the UK with CWD from deer urine lures imported from the USA is medium.” But whereas official assessments of CWD threats to European wildlife have been measured, largely unseen, and potentially understated, concerns raised by NGOs and the media have been blunt, as in an article in The Times headlined: “Disease from the U.S. could wipe out all the deer in Britain.”210

Any news of international transfer of CWD by any means, to any species whether deer, rodents, pets, or livestock (such as domestic sheep), would almost certainly have severe consequences. The economic implications would be felt most acutely in North American CWD affected areas.

The UK experience with vCJD is instructive, but key differences are noteworthy. Despite recent confirmation of PrPd in saliva of BSE cattle,211 the absence of (efficient) lateral transfer of BSE between living animals limited growth and spread of the disease,212 and it allowed the ruminant feed ban to eventually halt both the epidemic and the subsequent trade embargo. This underscores a contrast of some significance: CWD with its prolific prion shedding in saliva, feces and urine, is a highly contagious, extremely persistent disease, which has established unprecedented reservoirs in public wildlife and the environment. Compared to BSE, CWD offers no apparent ‘off switch.’

 

Lessons from BSE

 

From a public policy perspective, the experience with BSE offers vital lessons—from the foundational frame to the conclusions and recommendations by the official inquiry (paraphrased for brevity):

 

  • “At the heart of the BSE story lie questions of how to handle hazard — a known hazard to cattle and an unknown hazard to humans.”

 

  • “BSE developed into an epidemic as a consequence of intensive farming practice(s) … unchallenged over decades, (that) proved a recipe for disaster.”

 

  • “Government was preoccupied with preventing an alarmist over-reaction … (they) believed that the risk was remote. It is now clear that this campaign of reassurance was a mistake.”

 

  • “Public was repeatedly reassured that it was safe to eat beef.” 213

 

  • “Repeated statements that ‘there is no evidence that BSE is transmissible to humans’ does not explain that such evidence would take many years to emerge.”214

 

  • “Even when risk to humans seems remote, all reasonable precautions must be taken.”

 

  • “There should be more checks on possible pathways of transmission, and on occupational risks.”215

 

  • “Where there is uncertainty, government must not shrink from saying “we are not sure.”216

 

The analyses and recommendations of the UK experience with BSE are founded on failures of governments to uphold public trust and the precautionary principle. The lessons are directly applicable to CWD: Without immediate, science-based intervention by North American governments to contain and limit the spread, growth, evolution, and exposure of CWD, the likelihood of ‘worstcase’ outcomes will continue to increase, and wildlife is in the cross hairs in every scenario.

 

Monday 15th May 2017

CATTLE IN SPAIN WITH MAD COW DISEASE

On the 28th April 2017  it was confirmed in that cow from Cantabria, Spain born in 2002 (aged 15 years old) was diagnosed with BSE. See report below from the Spanish Government.

Over 50 other animals in the same herd are at risk. The Spanish authorities state that it ‘poses no risk to human health?’ I am afraid that cattle do not develop BSE in isolation, what about the fields these animals have been grazing on?  What about the milk and butter that has already gone into the human food chain? Also what about the meat from other animals in the herd which is now in supermarkets and shops?

This diseased cow was 15 years old how long had it been ill?

Human BSE remains a deadly risk for us all and this new case of BSE in Spain, highlights that the disease has not gone away and continues to affect cattle globally and Human BSE continues to kill people.

As the report says below the origins are unknown, so how many other cattle in the area may be suffering from BSE but not showing symptoms when they enter the slaughterhouses?

The report below ends ;THIS EVENT IS RESOLVED’ ??? HOW CAN IT BE RESOLVED BY THE DESTRUCTION OF ONE COW, WHEN 50 PLUS ARE AT RISK AND THE REST OF HERD MAY ALSO BEEN INFECTED.
— SPAIN OIE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy atypical L-type Camargo, CANTABRIA

Subject: SPAIN OIE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy atypical L-type Camargo, CANTABRIA

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy , Spain


Information received on 12/05/2017 from Dr Valentín Almansa, Director General, Sanidad de la Produccion Agraria, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Madrid, Spain

 

Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments On April 28th, 2017, the Central Veterinary Laboratory at Algete (National Reference Laboratory for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005) received a brainstem sample suspected to be BSE-positive from the regional accredited animal health laboratory of Cantabria (official regional laboratory) after a positive result was obtained through the Bio-Rad TeSeE SAP rapid test.
The National Reference Laboratory undertook the confirmatory tests authorized according to Regulation (EU) No. 1148/2014. The selected assays associated were Western blot (Prionics) and ELISA (TeSeE SAP Bio-Rad). Following positive results to both assays, the National Reference Laboratory performed assays to discriminate the BSE strains by immunoblotting with results for atypical BSE type L on May 5th, 2017.
The sample was taken within the national TSE surveillance program (sampling of dead or non-slaughtered animals for human consumption over 48 months old). The animal was a crossbred (conjunto mestizo) female born on 25 February 2002.

Control measures

 

Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Traceability
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Selective killing and disposal
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Official destruction of animal products

Diagnostic test results

 

Laboratory name and type Central Veterinary Laboratory, Algete ( National laboratory )
Tests and results
Species Test Test date Result
Cattle electroimmunotransfer blot assay (EITB) 05/05/2017 Positive
Cattle western blot 05/05/2017 Positive

Future Reporting

The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.

 

WEDNESDAY 19th April 2017

BRAZIL FACES 63 INDICTMENTS FOR YEARS OF UNSAFE TOXIC MEAT FLOODING GLOBAL MARKETS

Huge corruption within Brazils Ministry of Agriculture has meant toxic lethal meat has flooded the global food market for years. Federal Auditors for the Brazilian Government and Ministry of Agriculture at meat processing plants took bribes for years in exchange for false health and safety permits for beef and poultry and domestic animals for human consumption.

63 indictments are being prepared by Brazil’s Federal Police force.

Across Brazil people continue to die of vcjd. These cases of human BSE are all pushed under the carpet by the South American authorities.

Brazil is one of the biggest exporters of meat globally and this corruption means that even more animals w infected with BSE would have also flooded the human food chain for years.  JBS the biggest meat packer in the world had one of its staff in Brazil suspended over his involvement with members of the Ministry of Agriculture.

MOY PARK. EUROPES LARGEST POULTRY PROCESSOR WITH 12,000 STAFF ACROSS UK, FRANCE AND NETHERLANDS WAS BOUGHT BY JBS FOR £944 MILLION IN JUNE 2015.

POULTRY GO TO SLAUGHTER BEFORE THEY CAN SHOW SYMPTOMS OF ANY  DISEASE INCLUDING  THE EQUIVALENT OF BSE.

Mad cow continues to kill people. Food corporations and governments globally profits grow to billions of pounds whilst,  thousands  of people, young men and women, mums, dads, sisters, grandparents, brothers and children continue to die or suffer the long term lethal effects of the human form of mad cow disease.

Brazil Meat Scandal: 63 Indictments 

By Greg Henderson April 17, 2017 | 3:07 pm

Federal Police in Brazil has indicted 63 people for their role in a vast corruption scheme within the Ministry of Agriculture. The charges allege federal auditors at meat processing facilities took bribes for years in exchange for fraudulent sanitary permits.

The probe into Brazil’s meat corruption was launched March 17, 2017, by Brazil’s Federal Police. Brazil, the world’s largest beef and poultry, and the fourth largest exporter of pork, saw its exports drop to near zero within a week of the scandal’s announcement, though most export sales have resumed.

 Andrew just diagnosed with human BSE

The suspects in the case are charged with falsifying medical records and certificates, tampering with food products, conspiracy and corruption. One employee at a JBS processing plant in Brazil was included in the investigation, allegedly due to his relationship with federal inspectors. The employee was suspended.

Allegations also include selling spoiled meat and injecting water to sell poultry at higher prices. Police also reported that the producers under investigation used ascorbic acid and other chemical ingredients, in quantities far above the legally permitted amount, in order to “disguise the physical aspect or smell of rotten meat.”

No JBS brands or products are associated with product tampering nor has JBS been accused of selling tainted or rotten meat. The majority of this investigation, particularly the food quality issues, focused on the actions of smaller companies in Brazil that supply the domestic market, not JBS.

JBS is the largest meat packer in the world, with subsidiary JBS USA the second largest beef packer in the U.S., with nine beef plants and estimated 2016 sales of $14 billion. JBS USA is not involved in the Brazilian scandal. JBS USA is a “leading processor of beef, pork and lamb in the U.S., a leading processor of beef in Canada and the largest cattle feeder in the world.”

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/industry/brazil-meat-scandal-63-indictments?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWXpOa09XVmlNV0l3TWpRNCIsInQiOiJtejNlUkZrckdFM0kzbVZYc0R1Rjcyalg4SWl4SjRBY1VvU0ZMZVhZa0l2OGl4enJwWmJQQ2NvQ0NXeWg2UzVUVk93Z2VLWXNINE5hWTlKQXZ4UkhWVVFhcVJNck1SQUV1M3Jiak5EQk1QNm9aM2t2NHAwVk1lT1JTZjVPdGxjbyJ9

 

 Andrew aged 7 years old at school, happy and healthy

 

Monday 13th March 2017

A cow born in 2003, over 14 years old has been diagnosed with BSE in Spain March 2017, ( see news links below) this cow produced many calves all of which would have entered either the human food or medicine chain for over a decade.These calves would have been used for milk, butter, meat and in some cases their cells/tissue used for vaccines and blood products. The cow with BSE milk would also have been sold to supermarkets and shops.

There is now a so called ATYPICAL BSE WHICH AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE USING TO FUDGE THE TRUE NUMBER OF CATTLE DYING OF MAD COW DISEASE. The authorities falsely reassure the public that ATYPICAL BSE is almost a natural disease in the same way that SPORADIC CJD IS IN HUMANS. Both  are falsehoods,  dodgy accounting by governments to keep the true numbers of BSE cases in cattle lower and deaths of vcjd the human form of mad cow disease lower in humans.

Before BSE there was no such thing as ATYPICAL BSE IN COWS. This new title for BSE is used to protect the global  food and pharmaceutical industries and the farmer in Spain who for over a decade had been selling milk from a cow with BSE, selling the cows offspring  for meat and medical use. All of these animal products  would have entered the human food and medicine chain.

Its a crude ‘damage limitation’ by the authorities in Spain  saying the cow had Atypical BSE. (which means it was an odd case and old before BSE was diagnosed) hoping that the public will believe that ATYPICAL  means ‘safe’. Unproven science to falsely reassure the public that beef from this  BSE cow from this farm in Spain was and is ‘safe for human consumption’. BSE is lethal to humans and animals, sometimes animals or humans have long incubation periods before they become ill, but they are still toxic to other animals or humans.

This cow which was 14 years old in Spain was found to have BSE and that is a lethal risk to human health. This cow also developed BSE in the same region where a few years ago a mother aged 60 and her son in his 40’s died of vcjd. There have also been other human cases of vcjd in the area of Spain where this cow was recorded as having BSE.

The  global  cover-up regarding animal BSE and human mad cow disease  continues!

ABC NEWS AND OTHER MEDIA REPORTS.

 http://www.taylorsvilletimes.com/syndicated_post/spain-reports-case-of-mad-cow-disease/

Cash cows and cover-ups  March 2017

 

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Had two brilliant radio interviews this week, one with presenter Cheryl Fergus-Ferrell at Croydon Radio, London and another with Pippa Jones at TalkRadio Europe which was broadcast across Spain. Both were extended items, talking about my Andrew the campaign and documentary ‘Cash. cows and cover-ups’. See link below to the podcast Croydon Radio.

http://www.croydonradio.com/podcast/show.php?HistoryID=70021a3f-9bf5-ed3e-8ed9-3e03dbb96665

Monday 13th February 2017

We have released a trailer of our shocking new one hour indpendent documentary,

’ Cash, cows and cover-ups’

Please share the link below. I will let you know when the documentary in full is being broadcast. I have worked for over 18 months researching and filming the documentary and have uncovered some shocking new facts and information that the UK government and other establishments wanted to keep secret. Partickular Films are the great production company which has filmed, edited, and directed this great film. It has been produced with passion, professionalism and facts, with many world exclusive revealed. Director Joseph Andrew Mclean, cameramen Martin Heron, Dale McEwan and a great crew in the USA.

We have filmed across the UK and in the USA  and the documentary is for release to a national and international audience.

This campaign and film is not just about the unlawful death of my son Andrew and all victims of human BSE but about you and your families. I want to know that the food that children and families in 2017 are eating and the medicines they are ingesting are safe and not a poisoned chalice. Sadly our  governments and the global food companies care little for animal or human health with profits the driving force.

If you care about the food you eat, the scientists you put your trust in and the politicians you vote for please watch the trailer and support the documentary when its broadcast.

This concerns everyone, I want to make sure your children are safe, your friends, family and you do not become infected with BSE, do not become disabled or die through human mad cow disease.

‘cash, cows and cover-ups’  and justice4andy  campaign is about keeping your family safe too!

The trailer is also on YouTube
https://youtu.be/vRRRC1etgFE

Please circulate

The link is now on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/203115042

Web:     www.partickularfilms.com

Vimeo:   vimeo.com/partickularfilms

Youtubewww.youtube.com/user/PartickularFilms

 

Monday 6th February 2017

This evening I am appearing on BBC1 ‘INSIDE OUT’ at 7.30pm its a shocking investigation into diseases that can be transmitted from domestic animals to humans. How the UK government  in 2017 continue to cut funding regarding testing farm animals for disease and its on-going effect on food safety.

Below is  latest research which highlights the on going ticking time-bomb which is human BSE and how millions remain at risk of dying of the human form of mad cow disease.

With this blog is photo of me filming in snowy countryside on a farm. I talk about BSE and my fight to protect the UK and global public from the government/ corporate greed and corruption that unlawfully killed my son Andrew and how BSE will continue to kill people for generations.  I also discuss other zoonotic diseases which will flourish all the time government policy condones profit before human health.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331102-100-many-more-people-could-still-die-from-mad-cow-disease-in-the-uk

 

Many more people could still die from mad cow disease in the UK

 

 

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Roger Hiorns Turner nominated artist has an exhibition of his work at the world famous IKON gallery in Birmingham, UK.

The show is on for 3 months December 2016- March 2017 and includes items from www.justice4andy.com campaign and also Roger’s art expressing the  tragedy and corruption surrounding the BSE epidemic and its fatal human consequences.  Please go along if you are in the area.

Photo with this blog is of Christine and Roger at his show. My book ‘Who killed my son?’ is also available at the IKONs book store and their catalogue. See link below.

https://ikon-gallery.org/shop/art-books/who-killed-my-son/

 

Monday January 30th 2017

This footage on Youtube  (see below) of a cow staggering and dying of BSE in Belgium , highlights the ticking health-time bomb that is mad cow disease. It has not gone away and is endemic in cattle. With the closing of animal autopsy facilities in England and the UK no longer testing for BSE. How many hundreds of cattle here in the UK and globally are still entering the human food chain that are infected with mad cow disease?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czynqHWkotY

The footage of the cow unable to walk due to deadly mad cow disease and the  Belgium officials off-hand response that:

Only one cow has BSE’ and that it’s therefore  safe and ok for Belgium families and their children to consume bovine material is false.  Totally appalling that profit before lives always dominates governments agendas.

BSE in cattle is never isolated to just one case.  What about the cows that had already gone to slaughter and not showing symptoms? they would be toxic and  infectious too!

How many cows in the Belgium herd were incubating or carrying mad cow disease and  entered the human food and medicine chain?  

 

Of course people who consume this toxic material will not show symptoms for many years, by then the farm may well be owned by another farmer and the officials who say eating beef is safe moved on to another post.

All of the cattle in the affected herd should have been immediately destroyed including calves and parents of the cows.

Also all meat and milk that had been sent from the farm should have beentraced and consumers informed.

The culture of global ministerial and official secrecy which killed my son Andrew and hundreds innocent victims, disabled thousands and put millions at risk continues to condone and hide the truth/ facts about BSE and its human on-going deadly consequence vcjd

Photos with this blog of me and my son Andrew aged 24 at Southampton Hospital the day he was diagnosed with human mad cow disease, and 6 months before he died of human BSE. The other photo taken just a short while before of Andrew healthy and well in San Francisco USA.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czynqHWkotY