mandatory national animal identification system is coming, at least if House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has anything to say about it. In perhaps one of the underreported stories of the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention, House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, in a phone call to NFU members gathered Sunday night in Las Vegas, that Congress is likely to impose a mandatory animal ID program after this year’s elections.
Peterson cited the recent bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Minnesota, and noted a similar recent outbreak in Michigan. Those examples, Peterson said, are why mandatory national animal ID is inevitable.
“We are kidding ourselves if we don’t understand that we need to have a mandatory ID system,” declared Peterson.
I've known all along that Peterson is a big fan of NAIS. I wonder why he says it will be after the election Congress will make it mandatory? I bet because he expects the Democrats to get control of the White House and both Houses of Congress. Keep this in mind when you vote this fall, find out where your Senators and representatives stand on this. Mandatory NAIS as envisioned now with tracking of every individual animals movement, horses, pigs, cows, goats, chickens, will put many producers out of business and greatly increase costs of the food supply. A simple Herd Identification system would be easier and cheaper but the powers that be don't want that. NAIS or bust appears to be the way they see it.
Collin Peterson wants to drive independent cattlemen out of business. I wonder how much the big meat packers have contributed to his campaign?
An eartag never stopped a disease, the politicians just think it does.