Malinda, some days I think the entire free world is going mad. I understand the need for security ( both national and local) some of this stuff they come up with is close to insane. Some days I think the bureaucrats who come up with some of these regulations hatched in the shallow end of the gene pool.
I always smile when I ship a dry shipper with semen or embryos on the bus or by courier. It is illegal to ship a semen tank with liquid nitrogen in it as it is a hazardous product. They never question my dry shipper, even though I always fill it full of liquid nitrogen ( I had one go dry once when it got left at a bus depot, so I don't want to take any more chances ). I guess what they don't know doesn't hurt them.
Here is some other cattle related goof ball regulations that some Einstein thought made some sense:
(1) I can only import semen to Canada from an American bull provided he has gone through the quarantine and succession of tests with negative test results. It is legal for me to take my donor across the US border, inseminate her with unqualified semen, and then bring her back across the border again. Does this make any sense to anyone??? My federal vet suggested I do this when I asked about bringing some semen across for flushing. I thought he was joking, but he wasn't. I have done it on two occasions. In order to do this, I have to get health papers made up, and have them signed by my local vet and then by a federal vet. The local vet charges about $100 to fill out the health paper. The federal vet charges $75 just to sign his name on the health paper. Then you have to go through a wide array of broker manifests, and security checks that all cost an arm and a leg. Quite frankly, it is easier to get a cow across the border than it is a truck and trailer which is going to carry the cattle.( At the same time, I Have taken my truck and trailer into the US a couple weeks recently, and bought some panels and gates. No one looked in the truck or trailer when I entered the US. No one looked in the truck or trailer when I came back into Canada. I could have had most any illegal substance in the truck and/or trailer either time and they would have had no idea.)..... DUMB
2) I cannot import embryos from the US unless they are Trysin washed before they are frozen, and they have to have been collected by a certified embryologist who is a licenced veterinarian.The donor cow must have been tested for Brucellosis, TB, Anaplasmosis, and Bluetongue within a certain time period prior to being flushed ( rules vary with each state) I then have to get an export permit from USDA, which is usually about $100. It is perfectly legal for me to buy some commercial heifers or cows in the US, implant the embryos and bring the pregnant recips across with non of the above requirements. If these recips are located in some states, I do not even have to test the recips to get them into Canada.... they just require a health paper. ..... DOUBLE DUMB
There are just as many DUMB regulations on the US side as well. To get cattle into some states, the health papers MUST be in a brown envelope when the exporter hands them to him/her. I know of one case a few months ago where a load of purebred cattle were turned back because the health papers were in a white envelope. The guy drove to the closest town, bought a brown legal size envelope, and returned to the US border again. This time he had no problems and sailed through with his cattle..... TRIPLE DUMB!!
All of this is just more evidence of how our lives are becoming over regulated. We have far too many bureaucrats who have lost every ounce of common sense they were born with. The city of Toronto, has hired 50 extra employees, whose job for the next 3 months is to do a " Shade audit" on every public park in the city. Any park or public area that does not meet the minimum level of shade, will be closed until an adequate amount of shade is provided. Does this strike anyone else as being really DUMB? What's next... a group of city officials who drive around the city and ticket people who do not come inside when it is raining?
Maybe it is just me, but where I live, most of the people I know are smart enough to figure out when the sun gets too hot, you move to a shady area, without having to be told. Maybe that is not the case in Toronto.......