DENVER -- The interest in downer cattle -- those not able to walk -- quickly became a focus of the Washington state mad cow disease case because the animal in question was non-ambulatory when it reached the slaughterhouse. Yet, government regulations at the time allowed the cow to be slaughtered and sent into the human food chain. Mark Thomas, vice president, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Denver, said the industry supports the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban ...

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