Judge denies full hearing on mad cow lawsuit, says hands ‘tied’
By BECKY BOHRERASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has denied a cattlemen group’s request for a hearing on its lawsuit challenging Canadian cattle and beef imports over mad cow disease concerns. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull said his “hands are tied” by an appeals court ruling.
Cebull’s order, dated Wednesday, halts the challenge mounted early last year by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America to keep Canadian cattle and beef out of this country. R-CALF claimed such trade would pose a risk to U.S. consumers and the cattle industry because of mad cow disease cases in Canada.