RFRA lawsuit against mandated "tagging of livestock with RFID chips"
VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu
Fri Sep 12 11:37:01 PDT 2008
(There's also a Michigan Constitution religious freedom claim against
the Michigan Department of Agriculture.)
A group of community farmers, some of them Amish, are challenging rules
requiring the tagging of livestock with RFID chips, saying the devices
are a "mark of the beast."
Michigan and federal authorities say the radio frequency identification
devices (RFID) will help monitor the travels of bovine and other
"Use of a numbering system for their premises and/or electronic
numbering system for their animals constitutes some form of a 'mark of
the beast' and/or represents an infringement of their 'dominion over
cattle and all living things' in violation of their fundamental
religious beliefs," according to the farmers' lawsuit filed Monday in
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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