#National Affairs
Australian Government

On 1st March 2010, the Australian Government lifted the ban on Beef imports from countries which are affected by BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or Mad Cow Disease). On 8th March, an Import Risk Assessment Analysis (IRA) was announced in response to public outcry and a lack of supporting scientific consideration.

The IRA could take up to 2 years to complete and will only focus on implications for animal - not human - health.

We, the undersigned, resolutely and absolutely reject the Australian Government's intention to accept beef from countries affected by BSE (Mad Cow Disease), into Australia. We reject the Import Risk Analysis as this will not safeguard against BSE and the resultant deaths from human variant vCJD.

Science cannot protect us from a range of TSEs (Transmissable Spongiform Encephalopathies) as there is NO definitive test which will accurately identify or exclude BSE in imported beef from BSE affected countries. Science relating to TSEs has not evolved sufficiently to allow this to be used as a method to support increasing Australia's risk to the horrific and devastating effects of BSE and vCJD.

We do not want imported beef! Our stand is to keep Australia BSE-free, protect the Australian beef industry and protect Australians from vCJD death. We say: NO IMPORTED BEEF from BSE affected countries!

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The Australians Reject Beef Imports From BSE (Mad Cow) Affected Countries petition to Australian Government was written by Vida Thomson and is in the category National Affairs at GoPetition.