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Interim Rule and
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October 03, 2008

By Liberty Ark Coalition

The Liberty Ark Coalition is striving to keep you informed on the latest developments concerning the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The Coalition has been busy updating the website http://www.libertyark.net and is now providing daily articles on NAIS related issues from across the country and the world. Please take a few minutes and visit the site and explore the information that is available to you the help fight NAIS, and take a moment to help our efforts by adding your support. We are not a member-driven organization and rely soley on support from fellow anti-NAIS fighters.

Thank you for your support,

Liberty Ark Steering Committee

September 18, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 182)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 54059-54063]

National Animal Identification System; Use of 840 Animal Identification Numbers for U.S.-Born Animals Only

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.

SUMMARY: We are amending the regulations concerning the interstate movement of animals to limit the use of the animal identification number (AIN) with the 840 prefix to animals born in the United States. In addition, we are extending the restrictions on the removal of official identification devices to include devices applied to imported animals in their countries of origin. We are also requiring that if such a device is lost following importation into the United States, the animal may only be retagged with an official identification device using a numbering system other than an AIN beginning with an 840 prefix. These requirements are necessary to enhance our traceback capabilities for both domestic and imported animals in the event of a disease outbreak.

DATES: This interim rule is effective September 18, 2008. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 17, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/ main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2008-0077 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0077, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0077.

Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Wiemers, Senior Staff Officer, National Animal Identification Staff, VS, APHIS, 2100 S. Lake Storey Rd., Galesburg, IL 61401; (309) 344-1942.

NOTE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For further information please refer to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

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