Motions to dismiss a suit to stop the implementation of the National Animal Identification System incorrectly claim that NAIS is a voluntary program, according to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. The motion to dismiss the law suit was filed by the USDA and Michigan Department of Agriculture.

“Even as the agencies try to deny the clear facts of what they have done in Michigan, the USDA recently issued a memo that confirms what the Fund has stated in its lawsuit: NAIS is not voluntary,” said Pete Kennedy, interim president of the Fund.

Kennedy cited Veterinary Services Memorandum No. 575.19 addressed to USDA's "Veterinary Services Management Team" that requires NAIS premises registration for various disease program activities. 

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Source: Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund