Government, not beef, is the problem

Dear editor:
I’m writing about the problem we are having with the government in regards to beef that is inspected and uninspected.
It was pointed out by another writer that wild meat, for some reason, seems to be exempt from inspection policies. We do not know what the deer, the moose, or whatever wild animal we hunt is eating, but that’s O.K. The fact you usually do drag these animals through mud, and God knows what else, before it gets cleaned and cut up doesn’t seem to worry any of us or the government.
Yet the farmers in this area, whether they are a small farm or some bigger one, knows exactly what the cows eat, drink, and the health of the animals. And now the government is telling us we can’t hang uninspected beef with inspected beef.
I trust the farmers’ meat and produce from around here more than the meat I buy in stores. I can’t count how many times I’ve returned meat because it was rotten, or didn’t look or smell right. In one case, I returned a package of hamburger and got it replaced–and that one was just as bad (this happened not once but four times).
And how many times did you buy what looked like fresh hamburger only to find when you started to mix it up that there was old hamburger inside the outside cover of fresh hamburger? Too many times to mention.
Or buy a nice steak, take it home, and when you turn it over, it’s an off-colour or green. No thanks, I will get my meat from the local farmers—inspected or not.
In slaughterhouses, everyday hundreds of animals are slaughtered. This meat comes from all over, not just one farm, and the meat is government-inspected. We take for granted that the meat bought in stores is inspected because the government says that it is.
But what exactly does inspected mean? That the meat should be safe to consume? Yet how many times has bad or condemned meat had to be pulled from the shelves in stores where we thought the meat was safe? Explain to me how that passed the inspection?
The only thing that meat is contaminated with is lack of paperwork and tax dollars.
How does the government know the beef that is hanging in these coolers is contaminated unless they test them? Why not test the meat if they feel they have to?
This meat belongs to the people who bought it, not the place it’s hanging in and not the government. Taking these beef that belongs to someone else who paid for them is not only taking money from these people, but food out of their mouths, as well.
The government has no right to take that meat and destroy it as it doesn’t belong to them. Unless they pay the people that the meat belongs to, they are just stealing, plain and simple.
If you or I walked in and took that meat, what do you think would happen to us?
So here comes the government because someone said someone had uninspected meat hanging with the inspected. Not to mention the wild meat was hanging, too. They are worried there could be cross-contamination.
Well, don’t you think the people who own the beef should be able to decide if they want their beef back or not?
The government wants to destroy the beef so it is unfit for humans, which means animals that live off of these carcasses can’t eat it either. Isn’t that wasting meat? The same thing you get charged for when you leave meat to rot.
Why is it the government waited until now when everyone gets their meat done up for the winter? They couldn’t have let these people know what they were going to do months ago?
It’s too bad you can’t take a man for his word any more. The farmers had a verbal agreement that they could determine doing what they are doing until such time we could get an abattoir. We don’t live close enough to one to make it worthwhile.
Not only is money involved in getting the cows to a place to be inspected, but the cows get worked up and stressed out, which affects the meat.
The government is going too far. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and your rights (what little we have left), the government will continue to take more rights and freedoms away from us.
Not only the farmers or the people who have meat hanging in these coolers will suffer. It’s all of us. You can bet that meat prices will go up even higher.
I don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of the government doing whatever they like while we sit in coffee shops and whine about it, or try to convince ourselves that we can’t usually win because they can do anything and get away with it because it’s the government.
Bull! It’s because we have always let them get away with it–and still do.
This issue is not just the farmers’ fight, but all of ours. It’s time we all stuck together and started to stand up and fight for what we believe and know is right.
The government works for us, we don’t work for them.
Signed,
Kathy Miller

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