June 22, 2002 Buenos Aires, Argentina - This week, the unusual animal deaths known as mutilations which have been making headlines in Argentina's La Pampa Province since early spring finally made the news on American television. The number of cases has continued to rise daily and is approaching 100, according to local newspapers in La Pampa. Horses were also found mutilated this week and the number of affected provinces has increased to seven La Pampa, Buenos Aires, Rio Negro, Santa Fe, Entre Rios, Chaco and Patagonia.
Specialists from Argentina's federal agencies, SENASA and INTA, are inspecting mutilated cows and having tissue sent to laboratories, including the University of Buenos Aires School of Pathology. SENASA is similar to the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. INTA is similar to USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service.
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