The North American Elk Breeders Association (NAEBA) opposes the Montana Department of Livestock’s proposed regulatory change to ban the importation of farmed elk and deer. A public comment period is in place until July 5 at 5:00 PM Mountain Time.
The American Cervid Alliance requests all cervid farmers submit a public comment to the department by writing, in their own words, why this change should not happen.
Montana is a state that has found Chronic Wasting Disease in its free-ranging deer as recently as this month, but Chronic Wasting Disease has not been found in the state’s farmed elk herds since 1999.
- Cervid herds certified in the USDA APHIS Chronic Wasting Disease Monitoring Program are considered “low-risk” and sufficiently find the disease where it exists.
- Montana’s Chronic Wasting Disease is in its own wild deer herds, not its farmed elk herds, so this is a solution to clean up a problem that does not exist.
- Not allowing the state’s elk ranches to engage in commerce is a step to end their business practice.
- Montana does not close its border to other livestock species due to concern of disease.
Please submit your comment in your own words.
PLEASE COMMENT BY July 5 at 5pm!