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This response is from Mary Zanoni, Downsizedc.org has sent out an
alert on this
Everyone respond to your Senators, your Reps and Governor!
14 of this document we have a hint about a very dangerous
game that the USDA may be intending to play with our way of
our ability to keep livestock. The last paragraph on page 14
describes a recommendation that this Committee
of the USAHA has made
to the USDA:
Two recommendations were considered by the Committee. The following
was approved by the Committee.
That USDA-APHIS-VS with input from the National Assembly of State
Officials (NASAHO), promulgate an interim rule that
establishes a list of Consistent States for Cattle Identification.
The rule would provide for restriction of interstate movements other
than direct to slaughter from non-consistent
states. The rule would
specify that consistent states have established by law, rule, order,
or other means requirements
that all breeding age cattle be
officially identified by means of official tag or registration brand
or tattoo at
each change of ownership, other than movements direct to
slaughter, or movements through one approved market and then
to slaughter. Further, that consistent states have import
requirements that all such cattle be officially identified
import or at first point of concentration. Consistent states may
grant waivers for such requirements for
interstate movements which
are part of normal operating business with no change of ownership and for seasonal grazing/feeding
as agreed to by the state
and federal animal health officials of the states involved. Further,
that this interim rule
be promulgated prior to July 1, 2007. In
addition, the Committee recommends that a follow-up rule be
to July 1, 2008, that establishes consistent states
as those that have in place similar requirements for breeding aged
cattle upon change of ownership for feeding or grazing.
Report Of The Committee On Livestock Identification
The Committee has recommended that, prior to July 1,
2007, the USDA
should promulgate an ‚?ointerim rule‚?Ě that would prohibit
interstate movement of cattle from any
state that fails to REQUIRE
THAT ALL BREEDING AGE CATTLE BE OFFICIALLY IDENTIFIED at each change of ownership. Such an
‚?ointerim rule‚?Ě would make it impossible for
any state to resist, because it would become economically isolated.
note that an ‚?ointerim rule‚?Ě can be promulgated WITH NO PRIOR
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.
Is the USDA
planning to follow this Committee recommendation and
force NAIS upon the entire nation by means of a dictatorial ‚?
rule‚?Ě? It is bad enough that the USDA has been killing off
American agriculture for decades; don‚?Tt let them kill off