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January 24, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(4):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490040046010

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A bill is proposed in Congress to allow animals, while oeing transported in cars, to be kept for forty hours without being unloaded. The statute which this bill is proposed to amend places a limit of twenty-eight hours. It is easily realized that meat suffers a great deterioration when animals suffer as they will under such cruel regulations. It is often made unfit for food. There are other good reasons for a protest which do not concern us as medical men—for example, the cruelty to the animals. Further, if this measure purports to be for the purpose of saving in the cost of meat to the consumer, it is not likely to accomplish this while the combine is free to put the saving into its own coffers. The proper way to transport meat is in refrigerator cars. The proper place to kill cattle is as near as is possible to

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