Korean respond to Mad Cow Disease
Why Are Korean Students at Candlelight Vigils??
Pres. Lee Denounces 2008 Candlelight Vigils
Wikipedia Mad Cow Candlelight Vigils Korea
“2008 US beef protest in South Korea was an importation issue in South Korea – United States relations after the closure of the South Korean market to US beef imports upon the discovery of a US case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in 2003. President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak's attempt to reopen the Korean market to US beef in 2008 led protests due to the threat of mad cow disease. The demonstrations were the country's largest anti-government protests in 20 years.
No case of mad cow disease in humans, or vCJD has been linked to consumption of US beef.
The Government of South Korea banned imports of US beef in 2003 when a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease was discovered in a cow in Washington. By 2006, the United States Department of Agriculture would confirm a total of three cases of BSE-infected cattle, two raised domestically, and one imported from Canada. At the time, South Korea was the third-largest purchaser of US beef exports, with an estimated market value of $815 million.
Protests began shortly after the Korean channel MBC aired an episode of its news program PD Notebook, (alternately "PD Note," "PD Diary," and" PD Journal") called "Is American Beef Really Safe from Mad Cow Disease?" The program alleged that reopening the Korean market to American beef would expose Koreans to the threat of mad cow disease, and featured some footage of sick cattle being led to slaughter.
Aretha Vinson, a deceased Virginian woman, was described as having likely died from vCJD , or "mad cow disease", rather than CJD. Subtitles from Vinson's mother were intentionally altered to make it appear as if Vinson had died of "vCJD" rather than "CJD". Vinson did not in fact die of mad cow disease. The program contained many other mistranslations and apparently deliberate omissions, all of which created the impression of an imminent and severe threat of mad cow disease if markets were reopened. According to MBC's translator, the translations were originally correct. "Mistranslations" were added post facto, and against the translator's express wishes.
Meanwhile, the Korea Times reports on a curious phenomenon with, it says, potentially deadly consequences:
Residents of a village hit by food-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, have seen their faucets start to deliver water mixed with blood since the beginning of the New Year.
The KWB Notes: *The report above does not say that ‘water mixed with blood’ has been TESTED and proven yet.
“This eerie situation, first reported last Saturday, came just one day after some of nearly 1,000 pigs within a 500-meter radius of an FMD-hit livestock farm were buried alive in the village’s vicinity to prevent further spread of the deadly animal disease.”*
BUT WHERE ARE THE CANDLELIGHT VIGILS? PRAY TELL US? Where is the OUTCRY from Animal Rights activists…they Do have a small group over in Korea.
TIK-This Is Korea, what can you do? When the current generation grows up with their pet dogs THEY mostly, will not eat at the BoShinTang restaurants. It will be a few years before THAT happens. MEANWHILE, Foreign beef is increasing imports, and even USDA Beef Imports are increasing each month (along with price increases), as Korean Cows are being slaughtered for Foot and Mouth Disease-that is not supposed to be dangerous to humans. Not ONE CANDLE has been lit to protest the culling of Pigs, Cattle, Deer, and other livestock. Na Da, Zip, Zero, Non, how sad. Where are the children crying out, “I am too young to die from US Beef!?”