Industry Brucellosis Eradication Policy

The following industries are advocates of the brucellosis eradication policy of the USDA. Many of these industries are like their own confirmation, belonging to multiple groups. For example the USAHA (United States Animal Health Association), "Its 1,100 members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members." - which includes USDA employees. So when the USAHA, NASDA or NAFV makes a recommendation to the USDA on a particular matter, in this case brucellosis eradication, they are basically recommending to themselves. When you check the documents and papers of these industry associations, you find participant names repeated often. So what may look like an overwhelming consensus for brucellosis eradication in wildlife, from the federal and state ag agencies and industries, when you remove the duplications, is not so overwhelming after all, and remember, this is the agriculture industry and government,which views wildlife as a competition for resources.

Another example, Montana's State Veterinarian for the Department of Livestock, Dr. Marty Zaluski, is also a member of the MTVMA (Montana Veterinary Medical Association), which is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) whose policy on brucellosis eradication is, "Greater Yellowstone Brucellosis: The AVMA urges state and federal agencies to continue working together to implement plans to control and eliminate brucellosis from bison and elk populations in the Greater Yellowstone Area." Zaluski is also a member of USAHA (United States Animal Health Association), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Greater Yellowstone Area of the Committe on Brucellosis, whose policy is, "The purpose of the Brucellosis Committee is to provide the support and direction needed to achieve the complete eradication of the disease in the United States." Dr. Zaluski is also a member of the NIAA (National Institute for Animal Agriculture). This industry's policy on brucellosis is, "...to eliminate brucellosis in bison and elk in the GYA..."

 

  • USAHA (United States Animal Health Association) United States Animal Health Association - "Its 1,100 members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members." - 2007, "The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) strongly urges the Secretaries of the United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Interior (USDI) and the Governors of the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to take all steps and actions necessary to eliminate the last known vestiges of Brucella abortus from the United States, including, but not limited to:...coordinated plan to eliminate Brucella abortus from the elk and bison herds in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA)." 2012, "The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) supports the efforts of the GYA state and federal agencies in their efforts to prevent exposure of livestock to brucellosis from elk and bison in the GYA and encourages the efforts of the GYA state agencies to control brucellosis in bison and elk in the GYA." 2012 Report of the Committee on Brucellosis

 

  • NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) "The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is comprised of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commissioner, secretary, or director of each department is the designated representative of the state to participate in NASDA activities." Policy Statements 2013 - "NASDA urges the Administration to direct Agriculture and Interior to collaborate with state agencies to address Brucellosis in wildlife in the GYA and to provide sufficient resources to control and eliminate Brucellosis from wildlife of the GYA." - pg. 25

 

  • NIAA (National Institute for Animal Agriculture) "Members include professionals engaged in animal agriculture including producers, veterinarians, scientists, government representatives and allied industries. " Resolution 2013-2014 - "The National Institute for Animal Agriculture urges that actions be taken employing the principals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to eliminate brucellosis in bison and elk in the GYA including:" pg. 11

 

  • NAFV (National Association of Federal Veterinarians) - "It has grown to approximately 1,000 members since, and is recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as the representative organization for federally employed veterinarians and as an association of managers and supervisors...The NAFV regularly inquires about agencies' needs so it can serve as a resource, which includes lobbying efforts in collaboration with the AVMA and consultations with congressional aides."

 

  • AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) - "The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 84,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession." Screenshot - "Greater Yellowstone Brucellosis: The AVMA urges state and federal agencies to continue working together to implement plans to control and eliminate brucellosis from bison and elk populations in the Greater Yellowstone Area."
  • MVMA (Montana Veterinary Medical Association) - Allied State Veterinarian Associations of the AVMA

 

  • MCA (Montana Cattlemen's Association) - Policy Book 2010, "BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Cattlemen's Association requests USDA, Parks Service, and APHIS work with the Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to create a program with the ultimate goal to eradicate brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area wildlife as quickly as possible."

 

  • MSGA (Montana Stockgrowers Association) - "In the area of cattle health, MSGA worked with Wyoming and Idaho to modify NCBA’s policy on brucellosis. The new policy implies that NCBA will pursue priorities and strategies regarding both the modification of the National Brucellosis Eradication Program and the eradication of brucellosis from the Greater Yellowstone Area." MSGA Blog on NCBA Policy

 

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