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USDA continues monitoring for African swine fever as it persists globally

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Countries have been forced to slaughter herds, ban imports on pig products, and implement greater biosecurity measures on farms. African swine fever (ASF) has not entered the U.S. thanks to continuing efforts to prevent this deadly swine disease from reaching the country’s borders. Researchers are also working on developing vaccines.

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Beef cow with atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy found in South Carolina

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A beef cow at a slaughter plant in South Carolina tested positive for an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), according to a May 19 announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September.

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Halal Slaughter Causing a Furor In Quebec

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Two political parties in Quebec are speaking out about the ritual slaughter of animals, but a Jewish advocacy group is confident that kashrut is not being targeted. A Parti Québécois legislator said Wednesday that slaughter for halal meat is an affront to animal rights and runs counter to the values cherished by Quebecers.

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Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

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THE DUTCH parliament has voted overwhelmingly to ban the ritual slaughter of livestock. Dutch law requires animals to be stunned before slaughter, but has long allowed an exemption for Muslims and orthodox Jews, who can legally butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. Excerpted from the Irish Times.

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Horse Slaughter Could Start Up Again in One Month

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Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov.

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Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

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Dempsey says if rumblings of a new plan by the giant Canadian horse meat packing company Bouvry Exports-Calgary to reopen the Florence Packing plant on Florence Road for equine slaughter are true, Stanwood soon might become better known as the region’s “Butcher Shop for Horses”.