Agreeing to be Run by Trade-Not logic

Below you will find another case of an organization, possibly in ignorance, agreeing to give up the thing it is supposed to be protecting for it’s membership. We have Congress giving away our freedom daily and organizations continually compromising away our rights along with them. The key here is Codex and the OIE. This statement doesn’t say so outright, but agrees to GAP, which are “good agricultural practices”-they aren’t good, they are control mechanisms to engage in business- full traceability, auditing, certifying, verifying, licensing and inspecting every single thing done in the production of food. It’s a recipe for world-wide famine.

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Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), the state’s largest and oldest livestock association, passed policy regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new animal disease traceability plan. The policy was passed Friday at the association’s summer meeting.

On Feb. 5, USDA announced a new framework for animal disease traceability in the U.S. USDA will publish the rule which will open it for comment in December. The new framework replaces the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) that was strongly opposed by numerous livestock industries and associations, including TSCRA.

TSCRA supports an animal disease traceability program that adheres to the following criteria:

1. Additional costs to the beef and dairy industries must be minimized.

2. Any information relative to cattle identification information should be under the control of state animal health officials and kept confidential.

3. The system must operate at the speed of commerce.

4. The priority livestock for participation in the framework is the individual identification of adult cattle.

5. Producers must be protected from liability for acts of others after cattle have left their control.

6. The purpose of the animal disease traceability system should be solely animal disease surveillance, control and eradication. The only data required to be collected should be that necessary to accomplish this goal.

7. Support the flexibility of using currently established and evolving official identification methods.

8. Full compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and Codex Alimentarius Commission international standards for animal identification and traceability.

9. The animal data management system does not replace or impede existing TSCRA brand inspection activities.

TSCRA passed additional policy supporting good surface water quality standards based on sound science, landowner input, an emphasis on voluntary management practices, water quality protection and sustainable economic development.

Policy was also passed that supports removing the 150 mile restriction on livestock and farm operators from federal and state motor vehicle laws. Under current law, livestock or farm operators who operate equipment not for hire and without a commercial driver’s license, for the transport of livestock or farm products, cannot exceed 150 miles.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.

TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.

Source: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

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