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farmer charged for not registering animals
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP)
- An Amish farmer who failed to register his livestock is being
taken to court in Wisconsin for the first time.
The Country Today reports that 28-year-old Emanuel Miller Jr. of
Loyal has been charged with a civil forfeiture for failure to
comply with the state livestock premises registration law. He
faces a fine of up to $5,000.
District Attorney Darwin Zwieg says Miller represents about 100
Amish farmers who believe registering their premises conflicts
with their religion.
State agricultural officials discovered about 54 unregistered
livestock farms while dealing with an outbreak of pseudorabies at
a pig farm in March 2007. They believe at least 44 of those farms
Assistant state veterinarian Paul McGraw has said the failure to
register slowed the state's response to the outbreak.
The Associated Press
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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