SisMorphine wrote:I don't worry at all. Basically just make sure you know where your meat is coming from. Which is generally a good rule to have anyway.
gf turtle wrote:SisMorphine wrote:I don't worry at all. Basically just make sure you know where your meat is coming from. Which is generally a good rule to have anyway.
But unless you hunt and cut up your own deer, how do you really know where the meat comes from? And even with deer, who knows where they wander before you shoot them? I know in the UK, when they had outbreaks of disease in livestock, they had to kill off wandering deer herds to prevent them spreading the disease.
And I buy my cheap chicken at the grocery store. Where do they get it? I am sure by them selling it at 19 cents a pound, they are not buying the top grade chicken...
Unless you raise your own meat, how do you really know where it came from?
Not trying to start any arguments, just sort of thinking out loud...
babyreba wrote:I've been doing a lot of reading up on the bird flu recently, and it seems that in countries where cats and other animals contracted the disease, researchers think they likely got it from eating infected raw poultry of some sort. Big cats in a zoo, for example, got it from eating raw chicken carcasses. And the CDC says that IF dogs were to start contracting the disease, it would probably be similar--from eating infected birds. Though bird flu isn't here yet, they are recommending that people make sure their chicken is cooked thoroughly, etc., just in case an infected bird ends up in production. I got this info from the CDC and WHO web sites, in case anyone wants to look it up.
Does anyone feeding raw worry about this? I know that the bird flu has not hit the United States yet, but I feel it's only a matter of time, and I am starting to really second-guess the feeding of raw chicken.
In fact, I haven't fed any raw chicken to the dogs in weeks because it really concerns me.
Am I the only one?
gf turtle wrote:How do you find a local source for meat that is inexpensive?
I am not a member of any groups or anything and there are numerous "hobby" farms near me but I have not found any selling meat or bones that are less than the grocery stores...
If I had the stomach for it, raising rabbits for meat would be an alternative. They are pretty easy to keep, they breed like, well rabbits, LOL, and are a way to raise meat without a lot of space. But... ya gotta kill the poor things....
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