When ordering a Big Mac, most people do not realize
that they are actually eating ground-up Elsie.
When having it "Your Way" most people do not realize
that "California Happy Cows" form the all-beef patties
inside of sesame seed buns.
Most people believe that Angus and other beef cattle
are raised for their meat which ends up as fast food
burgers. That belief is not entirely true. Cheap
meat from old, diseased cows who no longer produce
enough milk to be profitable is what feeds Americans
at lunch time.
In 2006, 2,300,000 dairy cows were slaughtered to supply
America's fast food restaurants and school lunch programs.
In 2007, 143,000 additional cows were slaughtered. The
meat from those cows representing the entire increase
over 2006 slaughter numbers (and then some) was recalled
after it was learned that there was significant abuse at
the slaughterhouse. Much of that (possibly) contaminated
meat from "downer cows" was consumed by school children
long before the actual USDA recall.
How many dairy cows from so-called happy farms will be
slaughtered in 2008? With a growing tidal wave of
going out of business dairy farm sales, the numbers
will increase dramatically. Those tranquil farm scenes
depicted on milk cartons will be, in reality, 2008's