Industry Members Challenge Secretary?s ID Plan
November 18, 2005
November 18, 2005 -- The U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) passed a resolution last week urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to return to the original plans for a public database as part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The resolution, which passed during the USAHA 109th annual meeting, challenges Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns? Aug. 30 announcement that the animal tracking database should be industry funded and privately held. His message was a reversal of USDA?s original plan for a public system.
USAHA?s livestock identification committee approved the resolution before it was passed by all its members. USAHA is composed of national agricultural organizations and state and federal animal health officials.
Reprinted in part from USAHA News Alert