Proposed Animal Identification Plan Causing Controversy

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01-23-07 A national animal identification system that could be implemented in Texas is already causing some controversy in our area.

About 40 people gathered at the Van Alstyne Community Center listened
to a representative from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Tuesday night. The topic of discussion--an electronic identification system for all livestock.

The plan was first developed about 20 years ago and would identify each animal with a microchip and an internationally unique 15-digit number. The plan has been greeted with large opposition in Texas, because if passed, the program would become mandatory.

The Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Judith McGeary said, "We want to ammend it to make it a voluntary program...actually improve their animals health."

The national animal ID system would apply to anyone who owns any livestock.