December 17, 1996 in Nation/World

Britain To Increase Mad Cow Slaughter

Compiled From Wire Services

In a retreat before European Union demands, the British government announced Monday that it would increase the number of cattle to be slaughtered in its effort to eradicate mad cow disease.

Douglas Hogg, the agriculture minister, told the House of Commons that the selective slaughter of up to 100,000 cattle most at risk of contracting bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the disease’s clinical name, would be carried out to satisfy members of the European Union.

The move, reversing a decision announced by Prime Minister John Major and Hogg in September, is aimed at hastening the start of the gradual lifting of a ban on British beef exports imposed by the European Union.

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