USDA PROPOSES NEW RULES FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE HERD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM AND INTERSTATE MOVEMENT
OF CAPTIVE DEER AND ELKMUCC is currently preparing comments on the proposed rule and will post this information as soon as it is available. Below is a summary of the rules. Click on the link at the bottom to read the document in its entirety and to learn how to submit your comments. SUMMARY: We are proposing to establish a herd certification program to eliminate chronic wasting disease from captive cervids in the United States. Participating deer and elk herds would have to follow program requirements for animal identification, testing, herd management, and movement of animals into and from herds. After 5 years of enrollment with no evidence of chronic wasting disease, a herd would be granted ``certified'' status. Owners of herds could enroll in a State program that we have determined has requirements equivalent to the Federal program, or could enroll directly in the Federal program if no State program exists. We are also proposing to establish interstate movement requirements to prevent the interstate movement of deer and elk that pose a risk of spreading CWD. These actions are intended to eliminate CWD from the captive deer and elk herds in the United States . DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 23, 2004 . Click here to read the USDA's proposed rules
that boils down to the age old question. How many beaurocrat inspectors does it take to inspect a cow(deer, elk, antelope, mooooo)? someone is sleeping on the job and another is usually padding his pockets while one more is in charge of the blindfolds.
well, I know of at least one moo deer in washington that went mad, and it had a usda stamp on it.... that usda stamp didnot keep that tainted meat off the table, let alone the milk, butter and cheese from that moo. I am not sure I am ready to turst it just yet. I mean some one got paid to pass the cow, how hard would it be for some one to pass a deer with out ever dong the test? no one would ever know. there are no fail safes.
Seems like a safe way to hunt your meat. Make sure it has the USDA stamp on the side of it before you squeeze the trigger.
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