(US/ca) USDA suit cites 'downers'
- LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Humane Society sued the federal government
Wednesday over what it said is a legal loophole that allows sick or
crippled cattle, called "downers," into the food supply.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture rule change made in July allows some
downer cows into the food supply, the Humane Society of the United
States alleges in its lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in
In 2004, the USDA tightened rules to prohibit the slaughter of all
"downer" cows after mad cow disease was discovered in Washington
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