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Animal Agriculture

Animal Welfare

We support the humane treatment of animals, but will oppose and work to change any law elevating animals to the level of humans.

We oppose anti-agriculture activists or environmental groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which are detrimental to agriculture and private ownership of land and animals in North Dakota. We oppose the promotion of their agendas in schools and the use of state-funded media for this purpose.

We support the responsible use of antibiotics and the science-based use of them in metaphylaxis.

We support licensed North Dakota veterinarians prescribing medicines for livestock to ranchers or farmers who have a veterinary client patient relationship.

Certified veterinarians, specialized in large animal health, should be utilized to determine animal neglect, abuse or cruelty prior to charges or seizure of production livestock.

We believe that when animals are sick or at risk of becoming sick they should be cared for in adherence with evidence-based standards of veterinary medicine to decrease suffering and production loss.

We oppose the Humane Society of the United States involvement in the training of law enforcement personnel in regard to animal cruelty regulations.

We support NDFB working to strengthen animal owner's private property rights under North Dakota's existing animal cruelty and abuse legislation.

Brands and Brand Inspection

We believe any animal identification program should be voluntary and market-driven. We oppose any and all attempts to make it a mandatory, government-run program. In the National Animal Identification program, we support the state brand system as a means of identification, operated by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association. Any new method of livestock identification should only be considered if it is proven equally practical and cost effective as current methods and is a legally recognized form of proof of ownership in all states having livestock brand laws.

General Animal Ag

We believe animals should not be seized without approval from the State Veterinarian or until the owners have been afforded due process in the court of law.

We believe livestock should take precedence over wildlife for the purpose of water access, haying and/ or grazing on CRP acres.

We believe, in years of drought, excessive water, and/or hay shortages, livestock shall take precedence over wildlife for the purpose of early haying and/or grazing on CRP acres.

We support labeling of U.S. beef through the channels of free enterprise and entrepreneurship rather than a government mandated Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program.

We believe agriculture zoning should not be held to a higher standard than zoning for industrial or municipal uses.

We support the odor setbacks that established statewide guidelines, which were set forth by the 2005 Legislative Session.

We urge the governor and the Emergency Commission to provide funding to the Board of Animal Health for testing and depopulating tuberculosis or brucellosis-infected herds of both domestic and non-traditional livestock.

We support the State Board of Animal Health Administrative Rule regarding the interstate movement of livestock.

We support the reinstatement of federal funding for meat inspectors in horse processing facilities. If this is not attained, we urge the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to work closely with other states to find a way to fund our inspectors.

We support the North Dakota Board of Animal Health and the Johnes Advisory Committee in its continuation of the volunteer Johnes testing program.

We support efforts to expand all of the livestock industry in North Dakota.

We support the right to harvest or slaughter, without limitation, any commodity and/or livestock for personal consumption or private sale.

We support the horse racing industry and any wagering that is associated with it, whether it be live racing in North Dakota or through electronic means.

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