"Mad cows aside, why cat meat at all?" is
the question being posed by some today.
The disease has managed to reopen the
familiar debate on the advantages and
the wisdom of adopting vegetarianism.
Mad cows seem to have instilled a fear in
some flesh - eaters regarding the possible
occurrence of brain damage caused by
the consumption of infected beef.
Keepers of beef culture in the US are trying hard to allay unsubstantiated fears
like the one above arid encouraging
America's steak and hamburger lovers
to continue chomping away, But such
morale boosting contrasts sharply with the mountains of statistics available on
the health care costs of meat-eating.
Heart disease, cancer and hypertension, apart from a host of other ailments, have been directly associated
with flesh-eating habits. John A
McDougall, the author of 'McDougall's
Heart Medicine: Never Have a Heart
Attack Again, says, "We have conic to
accept cardiovascular disease as a natural consequence of living." From the
point of view of the history of human
diet, McDougall declares that "The
American diet is the anomaly. But for
many doctors, reaching out to the
American public effectively would
prove a formidable task, given the financial and propagandist power of the meat
and cattle industry.