Animal Identification Program Faces Concerns

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Wednesday, August 23 2006 Aug 23, 2006 Wednesday, August 23, 2006 2:08:26 PM CDT August 23, 2006 in News
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KANSAS CITY- United States Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns spoke at an a conference on animal identification on Wednesday. Johanns said that information collected in a proposed animal identification program will be confidential and used only in the event of a disease outbreak. Johanns downplayed concerns that information collected through the program could be taken by competitors or other members of the public. He said private vendors would collect and maintain the data, making it off-limits to open-records laws. Critics say the program violates property rights, costs too much and aims to help large-scale producers who want to export their livestock. The Agriculture Department wants to identify all the country's livestock by 2009 so it can track them within 48 hours of a report of disease.

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