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Message Title: CWD / Deadline 1-3-07
Author: Autry  Posted: 01\02\2007 11:03
Location: TN
It is obvious that the majority of state wildlife agencies would prefer to somehow eliminate the cervid industry completely or at least severely limit the growth of the cervid industry due to it's negative impact on the state wildlife agencies revenue. In their attempt to eliminate the competition, state wildlife agencies have used disease issues as a method to try to gain public support and the cervid industry has unfairly suffered. Before the cervid industry was accepted as an alternative livestock and recognized as such by the USDA, state wildlife agencies had a monopoly on the sale of cervids through the sale of hunting license. In the past two decades, state wildlife agencies have mounted an aggressive campaign to destroy or severely cripple the cervid industry, using these disease issues, in the hopes of eliminating the competition for the almighty buck$. Most state wildlife agencies are of the opinion that every dollar spent in the cervid industry is a dollar the wildlife agencies were unable to collect. While there is some truth to the state wildlife agencies theory due to the fact that when an individual purchases a deer or elk from someone in the cervid industry, that individual may or may not purchase a hunting license from one of these state wildlife agencies, it is unfair to allow these state agencies to have control over the cervid industry when it comes to importation. State wildlife agencies have no desire to compete for those dollars and wish to continue with their monopoly and would like to be the only source for cervids. Since the USDA is clearly the Federal Agency that has both the expertise and the best interest of livestock and wildlife at heart in regard to disease issues and since state agencies have proven that their revenue is a bigger concern than disease issues, it is clear that the USDA rules for importation in regard to disease issues should preempt state rules if both livestock and wildlife are to be fairly and equally protected.