NDA, QDMA Submit CWD Proposal Comments to Minnesota's Board of Animal Health
The National Deer Alliance (NDA) and the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) recently submitted comments on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s planned amendments to farmed cervidae rules. We applaud the Board’s leadership and willingness to attack this critical issue head-on through improved rulemaking that will clarify ambiguities in current regulations, better help the agency prevent and control disease, allow the Board to more effectively address and respond to detections of CWD positive farmed cervids, and support compliance with state and federal requirements for farmed cervids. While the proposed changes contain language aimed at managing CWD, stronger and/or additional language should be added to those rules to further manage and slow the spread of CWD in farmed and wild cervids. Our full comments are below.