BRAND & THEFT COMMITTEE
BRAND OFFICIALS' INVOLVEMENT IN ANIMAL SEIZURES - 18 (BT)
WHEREAS, statutes within the livestock chapter of the North Dakota Century Code allow for the seizure and forced sale of livestock protected under the state's brand laws resulting in a change of ownership; and
WHEREAS, the east and west river fieldmen and chief brand inspector of the NDSA are granted law enforcement authority to carry out state law.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the requirement that an NDSA licensed peace officer be involved before seizure and the possible sale of any livestock protected under North Dakota brand law prior to the animals being seized or removed from a premise.
FREEZE BRANDING FOR CATTLE - 17 (BT)
WHEREAS, livestock brands are important tools for ownership identification and marketing; and
WHEREAS, properly applied freeze brands yield easy-to-read, permanent identification on animals; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota Century Code accepts freeze brands as official proof of ownership for horses and mules, but disallows them for cattle; and
WHEREAS, other states across the country allow freeze brands on cattle as official proof of ownership and have not encountered problems with them.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA pursues legislation that would expand the use of freeze brands as legal proof of ownership on cattle along with horses and mules in North Dakota.
BRAND LAW ENFORCEMENT – 16 (BT)
WHEREAS, the NDSA was established to protect livestock producers against loss and theft; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota’s brand laws and brand programs are designed to achieve that goal; and
WHEREAS, NDSA brand officials work cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, state’s attorneys and others to bring forth justice in livestock-related cases.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA works to strengthen the enforcement of North Dakota’s livestock laws to enhance the protection of livestock producers.
NATIONAL TRACEABILITY SYSTEM - 16 (BT)
WHEREAS, the NDSA strongly believes that current brand inspection and brand recording programs are a viable traceback system; and
WHEREAS, it is the goal of the NDSA to work with animal health officials to provide a cost-effective means to traceback livestock for disease within 48 hours by utilizing current brand inspection and brand recording programs.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA believes that any animal identification system be and remain market-driven.
STOLEN CATTLE - 16 (BT)
WHEREAS, a specific federal statute prohibits the interstate shipment of stolen cattle and prescribes a penalty for its violation without regard to the outcome of any local prosecution for the larceny of the cattle involved in the interstate shipment; and
WHEREAS, this federal law is not adequately enforced, especially where local action has been taken.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA urges and specifically requests the Justice Department to prosecute all known violators of the federal law and, further, to vigorously enforce such law without regard to the outcome of any local prosecution.