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1. Animal Health Protection and Disease Control
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(Updated September 2016)

Timely prevention, identification, control and, where appropriate, eradication of animal diseases are essential to U.S. agricultural production, food security, public health, animal welfare, and international market access.  NASDA supports science-based policies promoting the responsible use of production practices to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of livestock, poultry, and other species in animal agriculture needed to produce an abundant, safe, and affordable food supply.

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1.1.  Foreign and Domestic Animal Health Protection and Disease Control
  • NASDA supports the funding and resources needed to maintain a robust state and federal animal health infrastructure necessary to facilitate early detection, response, and control activities to both domestic and foreign animal diseases.
  • NASDA supports enhanced investment in science-based research needed to advance diagnostics, vaccines, and other response or treatment options to current or emerging animal diseases.
  • NASDA believes federal animal disease control programs are essential to eradicate or prevent the introduction of foreign animal diseases.
  • NASDA supports enhanced outreach, education, and implementation of science-based biosecurity protocols.
  • NASDA recognizes the prevention, containment and eradication, where appropriate, of domestic and foreign animal diseases requires a robust collaborative effort among federal, state, industry and academia.
  • NASDA supports enhanced coordination between USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services and regional state alliances to improve the nation’s integrated animal health network through an integrated approach to prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery to livestock disease outbreaks of national significance.
  • NASDA supports cooperative efforts, such as the National Animal Health Emergency Management System and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, as part of a robust animal health emergency management system for the United States.
  • NASDA supports the rights of state jurisdictions to adopt and enforce statutes, regulations, or policies that may be more restrictive than federal requirements in order to have necessary protections of animal health and animal industries in their respective states.
1.2.  International Trade and Harmonization
  • In the event of a reportable animal disease incident, NASDA supports the expedited normalization of trade and consideration of regional barriers, where appropriate, to minimize the overall effect on U.S. producers while regional disease issues are resolved.
  • NASDA supports the immediate activation of all activities and resources necessary to facilitate a timely renormalization of trade for U.S. producers.
  • NASDA supports harmonization of animal health standards and other activities needed to ensure U.S. producers achieve an above Minimal Risk status with our trading partners.
  • NASDA believes the U.S., Canada, and Mexico should work together to develop disease testing protocols based on a risk assessment of disease introduction and to develop uniformity and transparency in disease control programs.
1.3.  Disposal of Animal Carcasses and Animal Parts
  • NASDA supports the development of a national coordinated carcass disposal utilization plan and guidance framework to assist states in addressing emergency and routine livestock disposal while protecting both public health and the environment.
1.4.  Homeland Security and Agriculture
  • NASDA supports protecting our citizens, stakeholders, and agricultural producers from the intentional or unintentional introduction of select biological agents and toxins.
  • NASDA supports the mission of the Department of Homeland Security in protecting our citizens, stakeholders, and agricultural producers from the introduction of Agro-terrorism or bioterrorism agents.
1.5.  Wildlife Management and Exotic Animals
  • NASDA supports the mission of USDA-Wildlife Services (WS) in protecting and mitigating the impact wild or exotic species may have on the health, welfare, and viability of U.S. agricultural production.
  • NASDA supports USDA-WS activities in managing the impacts wildlife may have on natural resources, agricultural crops, forests, pastures, urban and rural structures, and livestock or human health.
1.6.  Animal Welfare
  • NASDA supports the humane care and handling of all animals, and NASDA opposes activities or policies seeking to establish production or welfare standards outside of sound veterinary science and science-based best management practices.
  • NASDA supports science-based management practices and systems ensuring the health and well-being of animals while maintaining the affordability and competitiveness of U.S. producers.
  • NASDA supports the humane transport and slaughter of horses for human consumption.
1.7.  Antimicrobial Resistance
  • NASDA supports the judicious and prudent use of antimicrobials as a priority for animal caretakers and veterinarians to ensure the health and welfare of animals.
  • NASDA supports enhanced outreach and educational programs for livestock producers, veterinary and medical practitioners, and the public as part of any antimicrobial initiative.
  • NASDA encourages federal agencies to work with the state departments of agriculture to support the veterinary and public health communities as they continue to develop infection control practices, which should reflect principles within existing quality assurance programs.
  • NASDA encourages the promotion and further implementation of antimicrobial judicious use principles that will safeguard the food supply, protect public health, maintain healthy animals and enhance food production systems.
1.8.  Domestic Bee Protection
  • As livestock, NASDA supports the enforcement of the Honeybee Act and scientifically-sound efforts to protect commercially managed honeybees from disease, pests, parasites, and pathogens.
  • NASDA supports science-based research and integrated pest management practices to develop new tools for Varroa mite management and other scientifically-sound solutions to reduce potential stressors to pollinators.
1.9.  Aquaculture
  • NASDA supports enhancing the aquaculture industry’s access to USDA financing, crop insurance, soil and water conservation, commodity grading and other marketing services and be subject to USDA’s inspection and regulatory requirements comparable to those currently applicable to meat and poultry.
1.10.  Animal Identification
  • NASDA believes the ability to efficiently track food producing animals from birth to slaughter is vital to safeguarding animal health and protecting the safety of the U.S. food supply.
Document Date: February 3, 2017
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