A National AgLaw Center Research Publication

States’ Animal Identification Statutes

Zachary Gihorski
Research Fellow; National Agricultural Law Center
Elizabeth R. Rumley
Senior Staff Attorney; National Agricultural Law Center

On February 5, 2010, the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced the abandonment of the National Animal Identification System (“NAIS”), which was a voluntary federal program meant to identify and trace the movement of animals throughout their life cycle. NAIS was implemented in order to facilitate the quick identification of animals that had been exposed to a potential disease threat. Instead of NAIS, Secretary Vilsack explained that a new approach would be taken, with states and tribal governments bearing responsibility for their respective identification programs. Since the programs are now state-based, they will necessarily be governed by state-specific laws as well. This compilation of States’ Animal Identification Statutes provides the statutory text of each state’s laws dealing with animal identification programs, along with the date of its possible expiration. The primary aim of this compilation is to provide the researcher with easy and free access to a state’s statutory language by simply clicking on the state’s image in the map below. Only states that have passed animal identification statutes are active links.

Updated through legislative sessions 2018.