WESTON A. PRICE FOUNDATION
April 2, 2006
The news story below comes out of Alabama. Alabama HB 254 was adopted by the Legislature Thursday and sent to the Governor for signature. It reads a lot like Texas HB 1361, directing the agency to adopt a plan “that is consistent” with USDA’s NAIS. Like Texas, the Alabama Legislature appears to be unaware of the fact that USDA has not adopted any regulations, nor does USDA even have authority to adopt regulations, implementing NAIS. HB 254 also authorizes their Agriculture Department to “collect information” on all kinds of farming operations. The wording is both vague and broad. Alabama residents please call your Governor immediately to ask him to veto this legislation! NAIS will not prevent Mad Cow disease or protect our food supply. You can use information from the Action Alert on NAIS dated March 20.
“Alabama Legislature Approves Animal ID System After Mad Cow Case”
The Alabama legislature has voted to create an animal identification system that would make tracking diseased livestock easier.
The senate voted 20-7 for the bill allows the state agriculture department to develop and implement an animal identification system for all livestock.
The move comes after the state’s first case of mad cow disease was announced earlier this month. Authorities have been unable to track the cow’s history because of a lack of identification. State officials say the system would not harm small farmers, and would treat the information with confidentiality. The bill now goes to Gov. Bob Riley to decide whether to sign it into law. http://www.wtvynews4.com/news/headlines/2552771.html