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LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION-AMISH
(2007-08-20)
(wgvu) - SOME AMISH FARMERS SAY A STATE
REQUIREMENT THAT THEY TAG CATTLE WITH ELECTRONIC CHIPS IS A
VIOLATION OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.
LAST YEAR, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED THAT
ALL MICHIGAN CATTLE LEAVING FARMS MUST BE TAGGED IN THE EAR WITH
ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATION AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO COMBAT BOVINE
TUBERCULOSIS.
BUT THE PLAN HAS DRAWN SOME RESISTANCE FROM AMISH FARMERS. IN
APRIL, SOME APPEARED BEFORE THE STATE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS
COMMITTEE, URGING IT TO BLOCK THE PROGRAM.
STATE OFFICIALS SAY THE ABILITY TO TRACE FOOD SOURCES IS
INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
SO FAR, THE STATE HAS NOT FORCED THE AMISH TO USE THE ELECTRONIC
TAGS -- BUT SAID THEY CAN WAIT UNTIL THE ANIMALS ARRIVE AT AN
AUCTION BEFORE HAVING THEM APPLIED.

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