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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that a coalition of Canadian cattle producers is suing the United States government for $150 million, charging that the Bush Administration has violated terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by keeping the US-Canada border closed to Canadian beef.

The members of the coalition say that they have suffered enormous financial damage since the US closed the border to Canadian beef after the discovery of a single cow in Alberta that had bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) better known as mad cow disease. While some cuts of beef have been allowed into the states, live beef imports are still banned.

Industry losses have been estimated at more than $2 billion, and the coalition is hoping that more producers will join them and raise the stakes.
KC's View:
The Canadian cattle producers seem to be arguing that the Bush Administration is paying more attention to politics than science in keeping g the ban intact. We’re not sure that’s true, though it’ll be interesting to see what the courts decide in this case.