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Downer Cows Stir Debate

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Downer Cows Stir Debate

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Downer Cows Stir Debate

Downer Cows Stir Debate

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Cows that are unable to stand or walk are known as "downer cows." The cow diagnosed with Mad Cow disease this week in Washington state was a downer cow. Though cows carrying mad cow disease are not necessarily downer cows, there's a debate over whether they should be included in the food supply. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel and Shankar Vedantam of The Washington Post.

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