November 10, 2007

When 'voluntary' means 'mandatory' - by Henry Lamb

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its new National Animal Identification System in 2005, it was scheduled to become mandatory in three phases, but it was an unobtainable goal. Now, rather than being mandatory, they have changed it to voluntary. However, is it really voluntary when farmers and ranchers are coerced into the program?

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