What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Consumer Protection : H.R. 2673. Fiscal 2004 Agriculture Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Human Consumption of Meat From Animals That Are Unable to Stand or Walk. (2003 house Roll Call 357)
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H.R. 2673. Fiscal 2004 Agriculture Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Human Consumption of Meat From Animals That Are Unable to Stand or Walk.
house Roll Call 357     Jul 14, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on the 2004 agricultural appropriations bill, Representative Ackerman (D-NY) introduced an amendment which would have prevented the Department of Agriculture from approving for human consumption meat that came from "downed animals," animals that cannot stand or walk. Progressives endorsed Ackerman's amendment as a way to protect consumers against meat products that come from sickly animals. Meat products from downed animals, Progressives argued, are likely to contain pathogens which could sicken consumers. The national school lunch program and fast-food chains, Progressives argued, do not accept meat from downed animals for that very reason. Other meat distributors, however, do purchase beef from downed animals. On a close vote of 199-202, the Ackerman amendment was defeated and meat from downed animals remained legal for human consumption.

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