Being age old is no proof of being right.
Really? How so? What of my other personal property should I have to prove is mine to anyone? Certainly not my firearms, since there is no registration in the state that I live.
Whatever we would do in Ohio with tens of thousands of cattle and horses and no brand inspection?
No, I agree with you - being age old doesn't mean it is "right". Brand Inspection requirements came long after branding was widely practiced. Honest self policing ones own herd (e.g., making sure your cattle and/or horses stay on your range) is fine...until it comes to transport or question of ownership. And, most ranches prefer that thier cattle can be identified as their cattle - or not. So, the BI system was devised, for all intense and purposes, to "further" the beneficial and practicle use of branding as transport and population increased.. And proof of ownership may not be required for firearms in Ohio, but in most real states anyone can carry one most everywhere - in the open....but concealed requires yet another piece of paper you have to go fetch. I don't agree w it...but I doubt Ohio "escaped" that kind of firearm law. I don't know.
You are required to prove the very vehicle you are tranporting livestock in belongs to you or that you are "authorized" to operate it. If it were not a requirement, I imagine auto and trailer theft would skyrocket - as would livestock theft.
I don't know how they get along in Ohio without it! I find the whole state spooky!
KIDDING. BI will not prevent equine disease or theft (e.g., people are rarely stopped)...it is a "measure" not a cure.
Currently, only one of my horses is branded (not required), along w a brand inspection it ensures that if he were stolen or lost, law enforcement would easily be able to identify him and return him to me -(easier than if he were not branded, and easier if he had no BI). That is protection I prefer to have - even if its one more "freedom" I never had to begin with, gone. If your horse were stolen...how would they id them - and how much longer would it take at the taxpayer's expense?