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The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that the ban on the export of live goats from Canada to the US that is the result of the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, discovered north of the border earlier this year is having an impact on a Muslim religious observance.

According to the paper, "demand for Canada's live goats normally surges in the weeks before Eid, an Islamic festival in which the faithful cut an animal's neck and divide its meat among family, friends and the poor." But this year there are no live Canadian goats to be found, leading to concerns that consumers won't be able to find a proper source of the meat known as halal, which is handled according to Islamic rules.
KC's View:
Of course, the evidence suggests that goats don't get mad cow…but the regulations still prevent the export, and the recent discovery of BSE in the US for the first time, and in a cow from Canada, makes the environment rather hostile to the notion of relaxing regulations.

Though you’d think, considering what's going on in the Middle East, that the US and Canada would feel sheepish about not being able to find an equitable and safe solution that would keep everyone happy.