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new-logo25Marti Oakley

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unclesamwantyouAfter the massive backlash over the attempts to establish national, government owned herds of all kinds of livestock, which began in 2008, and raged on for several years, the USDA finally admitted defeat and backed off.  At least publicly.  Behind the scenes the efforts continued to find that one thing that would give them a foothold in establishing the National Animal Identification System. (NAIS )  Bingo!  We got your handy dandy horses that can be used to get the ball rolling!

I have waited for someone to come out and say that “only  the wild ones” will be tracked and tagged, and sure enough someone did.  The problem with this is that the Bureau of Land Management, the agency charged with caring for, managing and protecting the wild herds, has been responsible for the slaughter of  most of them.  Very few of our wild horses, and even burros are left. Yet to hear the BLM tell it, there are untold hundreds of thousands of them on the herd management areas (HMA), and they are throwing litters of foals every year!  That’s if you take the fabricated “scientific evidence” to heart and never ask why few of these animals can be located and when you can locate them they are on the back of a truck headed for slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada.

Clearly this effort to tag and track equines is a case of taking the path of least resistance.  Especially when the BLM has been so successful in convincing ranchers that if they just get on the band wagon demanding the slaughter of the wild horses…why…….there would be just that much more land available for welfare grazing permits!  With the cattlemen and the beef producers soundly behind the NAIS for horses, there should be little resistance from cattle producers, or at least not what it was when they were trying to steal their herds a few years back.

A word of caution:  IF USDA is successful in forcing tracking on equines, it will be small potatoes to establish NAIS for ALL livestock.  After all, equines are not even considered a food source in the US.  But those cattle are as are other livestock herds.

This will be like watching someone shooting themselves in the foot, over, and over, and over…………

Notice listed below:

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    “We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve
our use of these information collection activities for 3 years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection.
These comments will help us:?  (Excerpt)

JULY 6, 2014

Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection;

National Animal Health Monitoring System; Equine 2015 Study

Pages 38277 – 38278 [FR DOC # 2014-15749] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0044]

Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection;

National Animal Health Monitoring System; Equine 2015 Study

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Reinstatement of an information collection; comment request.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request a reinstatement of an information collection to 
support the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Equine 2015 
Study to support the equine industry in the United States.
 
DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
September 5, 2014.
NAHMS' national studies are a collaborative industry and Government 
initiative to help determine the most effective means of preventing and 
controlling diseases of livestock. APHIS is the only agency responsible 
for collecting national data on livestock health. Participation in any 
NAHMS study is voluntary.
    APHIS plans to conduct an Equine 2015 Study as part of an ongoing 
series of NAHMS studies on the U.S. livestock population. The purpose 
of this study is to:
     Describe trends in equine care and health management for 
study years 1998, 2005, and 2015;
     Estimate the occurrence of owner-reported lameness and 
describe practices associated with the management of lameness;
     Describe health and management practices associated with 
important equine infectious diseases;
     Describe animal health related costs of equine ownership;
     Evaluate control practices for gastrointestinal parasites;
     Evaluate horses for presence of ticks and describe tick-
control practices used on equine operations; and
     Collect equine sera along with equine demographic 
information in order to create a serum bank for future studies.
    The Equine 2015 Study will consist of on-farm questionnaires and a 
biological collection administered by National Agricultural Statistics 
Service enumerators and APHIS-designated data collectors. States are 
selected for participation based on the number of operations with 
equids and on the equid inventory. The goal is to include States that, 
combined, account for at least 70 percent of the operations and 
inventory in the United States. For each State, a weighted average of 
operations and inventory is calculated, with inventory weighted 
slightly higher. Generally, States with at least 2 percent of the U.S. 
total weighted average are selected to participate in the survey. 
States may also be included based on industry interest or for 
geographic representation.
    The information collected will be used to:
     Direct future equine industry education;
     Allow equine owners and managers to compare their health 
management practices and disease prevalence in their equids with 
national and regional estimates;
     Identify research needs;
     Describe trends in equine health and management over time; 
and
     Provide baseline information to assist with policy 
development.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for 3 years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us: