Playing the Blame Game with Mad Deer and Game Farms

The shocking news that the US epidemic of 'mad deer' disease has jumped from the West to the Midwest and into the huge white tailed deer population in Wisconsin has all players scrambling and pointing fingers. States that depend on money from big game licenses are assuring the public that chronic wasting disease (CWD) cannot infect and kill humans, although there is no proof for that claim and some evidence to the contrary. The deer and game farm industry blames state wildlife agencies, claiming the disease came from wild animals, but in fact the evidence points to the game farm industry as the culprit, spreading the disease by the virtually unregulated trafficking in farmed deer and elk. And, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is calling on all states to test game farms for the disease, much too late into a disastrous epidemic.