USDA officials are promising to move quickly to restore trade in cattle under 30 months of age with Canada following yesterday’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that reversed a preliminary injunction blocking imports of Canadian cattle and some Canadian beef.
"Because the ruling is effective
immediately, we are immediately taking steps to
resume the importation of cattle under 30
months of age," said Agriculture Secretary Mike
Johanns. He said the government is already
working with Canadian food inspectors "to
certify cattle for shipment."
unanimous decision by the court overturns the
decision by Montana Judge Richard Cebull who in
March granted the preliminary injunction that
blocked the USDA from reopening the border.
“Today’s decision by the United
States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is
a victory for the beef industry and for
consumers. We’ve waited two years for the
border to open and we are grateful that the
court has ruled on the side of science,” said
AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle, in a
nationally released statement to the media.
“The court’s expeditious ruling is a
vindication of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s thoughtful, science-based
rulemaking process that would have lifted the
embargo in March had a lower court not granted
a preliminary injunction against the rule,”
The decision came just one
day after the U.S. Court of Appeals hearing in
Seattle. The Justice Department’s Mark Stern
noted that lifting the ban is based on "good
The decision to restore trade
with Canada was also praised by many cattlemen.
"This is a tremendous victory for the northwest
beef industry," said Cody Easterday, who runs
an 18,000-head feedlot in Pasco, Wash. "It's
basically going to protect our future for many
families that depend on the beef industry for
Boyle in an
Associated Press story said that the ruling is
also a victory for American consumers who were
paying $1.85 a pound for ground beef before the
border closed and are paying about $2.55 today.
He also noted that nearly 8,000 meat packing
jobs have been lost since the border
Federal Court Lifts Ban on Candian CattleFriday, July 15, 2005
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