Major Victory for Cervid Industry on Brucellosis Testing Requirements

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October 23, 2013

Major Victory for Cervid Industry on Brucellosis Testing Requirements
USAHA Resolution Adopted to Urge USDA & States to Eliminate Brucellosis Requirements for Whitetail
Deer & Mule Deer


SAN DIEGO- During the final day of the United States Animal Health Association conference, the cervid industry scored another major victory. A resolution was approved to urge USDA/APHIS to eliminate brucellosis testing requirements for interstate movement of whitetail deer and mule deer. If USDA/APHIS accepts this recommendation it would then be up to each state to change their testing requirements for importation.


A resolution for Brucellosis testing, which was unanimously supported in the Brucellosis Committee and then adopted by the full USAHA membership, will greatly reduce testing costs and stress for deer breeders. The resolution, which was approved by the American Cervid Alliance, at last week’s ACA meeting and was submitted on behalf of the cervid industry, sought to extend testing intervals on Brucellosis certification, for cervid herds, from 36 months to 60. Upon arrival in San Diego, there was support for eliminating the federal requirements entirely. All cervids were included in the original resolution when presented to the brucellosis committee, but elk, red deer, and reindeer, were removed from the resolution, after overwhelming objections from members of the committee. After amending the resolution, to include only whitetail and mule deer, the resolution advanced from the committee to the general membership and was unanimously approved.

The ACA will continue to update our industry concerning future changes to the Brucellosis program. The passage of the resolution is a major victory for the deer industry. Curt Waldvogel, an ACA councilman attending the conference, said, “This is tremendous for our industry and a victory, not only for our whitetail and mule deer producers, but for the welfare of the animals as well.”

EWA Membership Alert: Fence Vandalism Near Harper, TX

Exotic Wildlife Association
Exotic Wildlife Association Membership Alert

To all EWA members:  There have been 2 ranches (Vic’s Ranch and the Little V Ranch) in Harper, Texas over the past 2 weeks that have had their 8 foot fences cut from top to bottom in 4-6 places.  No animals were taken.  The fences were tied back in an effort to let the animals out.  Both ranch’s fences were cut on a Friday night.


Your association is recommending that all ranchers, regardless of where your property is located be vigilant for any suspicious activity.  You can protect yourself by putting game cameras up, signs, etc to try and warn off potential trouble makers. Also there are rewards being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.   


Please contact the EWA if you have any information on this or other thefts or vandalism involving our ranchers.


Charly Seale

Executive Director

Exotic Wildlife Association


National Parks: Shutdown FAQs: Answers to your questions about impacts to visitors and wildlands

Currently there are no visitors allowed in our national parks. Photo by Matt Carman

Puzzled by what the shutdown means for our public lands? Find answers here.

Update on partial park system opening: On Oct. 12, the Department of Interior allowed several states to use state funding to open some national parks on Oct. 12. These states include, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota and New York. Responding to requests from Governors of at least four states, who were concerned about the economic impacts caused by park closures, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has allowed these states to pay for park operations. While The Wilderness Society appreciates the states’ willingness to reopen their national parks, we believe the only long-term solution is to pass a clean continuing resolution to reopen the entire federal government.

Question: Now that the government is shut down, can I visit national parks or other federally managed wildlands?

Answer: Sadly, all the majority of the nation’s magnificent national parks and park units, 561 national wildlife refuges, 108 national monuments as well as all national forest and BLM visitor centers are closed to the public. As of October 12, some states, including Arizona, Colorado, Utah, South Dakota and New York, were using their own funding to pay to open parks…Click here for full story.

Early Snow Kills Thousands of Cattle in SD

PIERRE, S.D. October 7, 2013 (AP)
By CHET BROKAW Associated Press

 Associated Press

A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during the unseasonably early blizzard.

Meanwhile, utility companies were working to restore power to tens of thousands of people still without electricity Monday after the weekend storm that was part of a powerful weather system that also buried parts of Wyoming and Colorado with snow and produced destructive tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. At least four deaths were attributed to the weather, including a South Dakota man who collapsed while cleaning snow off his roof.

Gary Cammack, who ranches on the prairie near Union Center about 40 miles northeast of the Black Hills, said he lost about 70 cows and some calves, about 15 percent of his herd. A calf would normally sell for $1,000, while a mature cow would bring $1,500 or more, he said.

“It’s bad. It’s really bad. I’m the eternal optimist and this is really bad,” Cammack said. “The livestock loss is just catastrophic. … It’s pretty unbelievable.”

Cammack said cattle were soaked by 12 hours of rain early in the storm, so many were unable to survive an additional 48 hours of snow and winds up to 60 mph.

“It’s the worst early season snowstorm I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Cammack, 60.

Eye Opening…The Brakke’s Fight to Keep Their Farm

The following link, I hope, will open a lot of eyes as to what is happening in the industry.  You may not ever raise one CWD susceptible species but this government overreach and direct assault by the Humane Society of the United States which has infiltrated USDA is not just about the deer, elk, sika or red deer industry it is about private property rights.

OPPOSE HB 2748 by Rep. Lewis


Call your State Rep.

Ask them to vote NO on HB 2748 

Please contact your State Representative and ask them to

OPPOSE HB 2748 by Rep. Lewis. 

HB 2748:

*           Establishes a process to make it easier for pipeline companies to obtain the power of eminent domain.

*           Does not require pipeline companies to give proper notice of their common carrier application to affected landowners.

*           Only requires the pipeline company to publish notice of application for common carrier status for 2 consecutive weeks in a newspaper and online.

*           Does not give landowners enough time to challenge or protest a pipeline company’s application to become a common carrier, and thus gain power of eminent domain.

*           In the event of an appeal, it requires an administrative hearing to take place in Austin, rather than in your local area.

It should never be easy to condemn someone’s private property, even for public use.

All entities seeking the power of eminent domain should be open and transparent about their intended use. And, landowners should continue to have the ability to contest any entities’ attempts to gain the power of eminent domain.

Unfortunately, HB 2748 makes it easier for pipeline companies to condemn land while limiting the rights of landowners.

Please CALL YOUR STATE REP TODAY and ask them to OPPOSE HB 2748.

Click here for a list of State Representative contact information.

Click here to find out who represents you.

Obama at it again!!!!

Greg Abbott
Your Liberty — as a United States citizen — was weakened and threatened yesterday when the Obama Administration helped the United Nations pass the Arms Trade Treaty. Immediately after this disappointing vote, I wrote a letter to President Obama urging him not to sign the treaty.
If the President signs the treaty allowing the UN to be involved in regulating firearms in the U.S., Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. [Read More]






Under the guise of “food safety,” anti-horse slaughter bills were introduced in the House and Senate last week.


H.R. 1094 / S. 541 also known as, Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE) is legislation which would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.


If passed, this measure would impose fines and prison time for anyone who sells, transports, imports or exports horses going to a humane, regulated horse processing facility. [Read More]


PA Game Commission News Release


Release #019-13 – March 1, 2013

For Information Contact: Joe Neville

717-787-4250 – ext. 3300



HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission today confirmed three hunter-killed deer taken in the 2012 general firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two were from Blair County; the other was from Bedford County.  [Read More]

Austin City Council will vote on a resolution to support President Obama’s gun control


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Your Right To Bear Arms Is Under Attack!
The Austin City Council will support a “comprehensive approach’ to gun ownership.
Sound ominous? It should.
Tomorrow (February 28) Austin City Council will vote on a resolution to support President Obama’s “comprehensive approach” to gun control, which includes mandating magazine size limits, increasing the burden of background checks, restricts ownership of “military-style” guns and creates a thorough database for background checks.
There is also a suggestion that gun shows start requiring background checks.
The City Council Meeting begins at 10 a.m. at Austin City Hall

Even more disturbing is a motion that city council establish a commission to deal exclusively with “gun crimes.”

New Tuberculosis Testing Option for Cervid Producers

New Tuberculosis Testing Option for Cervid Producers

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is introducing the CervidTB Stat-Pak Antibody Test Kit as a primary test and the Dual Path Platform as a secondary test for official TB program use in captive elk, red deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer and reindeer.

Historically, the single cervical tuberculin skin test (SCT) and the comparative cervical tuberculin skin test (CCT) have been the only approved official test for M. bovis in captive cervids. But cervid producers have pointed out [Read More]

ASPCA to pay $9.3 million to Circus

Animal rights group to pay $9.3 million to Ringling circus

 Circus lawsuit settled: The ASPCA has settled a lawsuit with the corporate owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus over allegations that elephants in the circus were abused. IMAGE

Getty Images: Barry Chin, The Boston Globe. Circus lawsuit settled: The ASPCA has settled a lawsuit with the corporate owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus over allegations that elephants in the circus were abused. IMAGE
By Jessica Gresko   
The ASPCA is paying Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million to settle a lawsuit over allegations the circus abused elephants. [Read More]

Botswana Suspends Hunting

Press Statement from Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism on Suspension of Hunting by 2014

Capture Botswana



                                                                                                          29th November 2012

Dear news editors,



As was confirmed by His Excellency the President in his recent State of the Nation Address, Government has decided to indefinitely suspend commercial hunting of wildlife in public or Controlled Hunting Areas as from the 1st of January 2014.  This comes as a realization that the shooting of wild game purely for sport and trophies is no longer seen to be compatible with either our national commitment to conserve and preserve local fauna or the long term growth of the local tourism industry.

Therefore and in light of various enquiries that have been received from members of the public since the above announcement, the following statement is meant to provide further background on the motive and implementation of the suspension. [Read More]

Former EWA Board Member Louis Datel passes away

Exotic Wildlife Association
Membership Alert

Former EWA Board Member Louis Datel passes away

LAFAYETTE – A Celebration of Life and gathering of family and friends was held on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Lafayette, LA for Louis Otto Datel, 78, who died on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Priscilla Comeaux Datel of Lafayette, LA; two daughters, Dianne McClelland and her husband, Jeff of Youngsville, LA and Donna Whitmore of Aspen, CO; five grandchildren, Amy McClelland Stakes and her husband, Brady, Jacob McClelland, Garrett McClelland, Jerome Flynn and Lucas Flynn; three great grandchildren, Bennett Stakes, Bowen Stakes and Madagan Flynn; and three sisters, Louise Adams and her husband, Lynn of Dayton, TX, Julia Ripkowski and her husband, Buster of Dayton, TX and Mary Mayfield and her husband, Rex of Kilgore, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Sophie Davada Datel.

Louis Otto Datel was born on January 22, 1934 in Dayton, Texas and was a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana for most of his life. He was a graduate of Texas A & M earning a degree in Petroleum Engineering and a member of the football team. He was also an active contributor and member of several A & M Alumni Associations. Following his graduation, Mr. Datel worked as an independent directional driller before opening his own business in Houston and Lafayette. Mr. Datel owned and operated Datel Tool Company, which serviced the oilfield industry for over 30 years. He co-wrote a book on directional drilling and also lectured in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was an animal lover which brought about his passion for deer, opening the Datel deer farm in Lafayette, which housed over 200 exotic breeds of deer that he considered his pets. Louis joined the Exotic Wildlife Association in 1996 and was also past President of the Lafayette Whitetail Deer Association. Mr. Datel loved traveling, and spent years traveling to many different countries learning their unique cultures. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend and will be dearly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr. Datel’s name to the Texas A & M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840

View the obituary and guestbook online at

Wolf Hunts Under Attack – Help SCI Save Hunting

Save Wyoming’s Wolf Hunt! Donate Now!

Yesterday, Defenders of Wildlife announced that it had filed yet another lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Defenders’ lawsuit attacks the scientific delisting of Wyoming’s wolf population.  Defenders’ suit is not about conservation or science; it is about stopping Wyoming’s wolf hunt. Defenders has asked all of its members to support their lawsuit and to make an “emergency gift” to help Defenders’ efforts to protect wolves and stop the hunt. [Read More]

Wall Street still falling after presidential election

Wall Street drops for second day on fiscal worries

Brian Bartsch works on last minute trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, just before the closing bell
 By  Caroline Valetkevitch        
The ‘fiscal cliff’ dominated investor thinking as stocks continued to fall Thursday.

NEW YORK – Stocks fell on Thursday and could be in line for more weakness as worries about Washington’s ability to find a timely solution to the “fiscal cliff” dominate investor thinking in coming weeks. [Read More]

Obama wins !!!! ????

Obama has little time to savor win

 IMAGE: President Obama

Getty Images. IMAGE: President Obama
Reuters             By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick         of Reuters
Even though voters have given their stamp of approval for a second Obama term, he could have a hard time translating that into a mandate to push forward with his agenda.


WASHINGTON – Fresh from a decisive re-election win, President Barack Obama returns from the campaign trail on Wednesday with little time to savor victory, facing urgent economic and fiscal challenges and a still-divided Congress capable of blocking his every move.

Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday night after a grueling presidential race and used his acceptance speech in front of a huge cheering crowd in Chicago to strike a conciliatory note toward his political opponents. [Read More]

Hillary Clinton announces plans for US to join a massive global gun control scheme.

Dear fellow American,

Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Obama Administration will be working hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.”

Disguised as an “International Arms Control Treaty” to fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

If passed by the UN and ratified by the U.S. Senate, the UN “Small Arms Treaty” would almost certainly FORCE the United States to:

*** Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally;

*** CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL “unauthorized” civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course); [Read More]

Sandys Death Toll Still Rising

Storm deaths still rising in Sandy aftermath

 IMAGE: People wait in line to fill containers with gasoline.

AP Photo: Mel Evans. IMAGE: People wait in line to fill containers with gasoline.
The East Coast is dealing with everything from inconveniences to tragedy after superstorm Sandy, including a heated debate which ultimately led to the cancellation of the New York City Marathon. 

NEW YORK — The region hit by Superstorm Sandy was a patchwork of returning normality and despair, as New York City’s mayor warned that more bodies could be found but more communities were recovering power, gas and other basic needs. The total U.S. damage from the storm could run as high as $50 billion.

The death toll was above 100 across 10 U.S. states. The bodies of two young boys who had been torn from their mother’s arms in the storm surge were recovered Thursday from a marsh in New York City’s Staten Island, where at least 19 people were killed — near half of the city’s death toll — and some garbage-piled streets remained flooded.

James Molinaro, the borough’s president, said the American Red Cross “is nowhere to be found.” [Read More]

Sandy Aftermath

Deadliest zone: Staten Island reels from devastation; bodies of boys ripped from mom’s arms found

John Makely / NBC News

Little remains of a home on Yetman Avenue in Staten Island where homeowner George Dresch and daughter Angela, 13, perished in Hurricane Sandy. Patricia Dresch is reported to be in critical condition.

By Jeff Black, NBC News

Staten Island, just a ferry ride from Manhattan but often seen as the poor stepchild of the New York metropolis, apparently was the city’s deadliest zone in Superstorm Sandy – accounting for half the human toll.

 On Thursday the bodies of two young boys who were swept away from their mother’s grasp during  the storm surge were recovered, NBC News reported. A missing husband and wife were also found dead Thursday, reported.

That brought the toll on the island to 19, reported. On Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Superstorm Sandy is responsible for the deaths of at least 37 New Yorkers. [Read More]