Originally Posted by mildot
If it's for my protection, what business is it of yours, the government, or anyone else? Don't I get a say in this?
What if I don't care for the "protection"?
My unbranded livestock causes no direct harm to you or anyone else. So what gives anyone the right to make me get it branded?
Very few things get me more riled up than government intervention in my private affairs and property.
Well, I am no fan of government regulation, but in this case...it is not "new" regulation, it is age old.
Like mildot said, no brand is necessary. They can go by markings alone..these days most states are going to computerization for horses, they take "all sides" color photos to save "drawing" the markings...and it is stored for easy retreival.
If you move your horses, it can affect other horses - as well as you if there is no proof of ownership required in transit.
As mildot said, it is antiquated...and many are going to chips and tags for cattle b/c it is more effective...not necessarily required. But same "idea". Traceability may seem unimportant....until disease hits.