Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has been forced to apologise, after two staff members hacked into an Internet poll on the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).
The Rural Press poll asked readers to rate the performance of the system to trace animals from birth to death.
Early poll results showed more than 60 per cent of voters described NLIS as poor or terrible.
But a day later, after tampering by MLA staff, the poll showed 70 per cent believed the system was good or excellent.
Even in Australia the promoters of animal ID are having trouble convincing people to like the ID scheme. They have to hack in and fix the results of a poll. Johanns and crew keep throwing Australia up to us in the US for their tracking system and how we should emulate it. This just shows though that the rank and file in Australia don't like their NLIS program and the Government in Australia and it's cohorts are having to use underhanded schemes to make the world believe it is going great guns.
Don't believe the US government when they tell you how great the Australia system is working. Research it a little. the majority of Australian producers are skeptical and leery of the system and want it overhauled all ready and it hasn't even been around very long.
An ear tag never stopped a disease, but it sure causes government worldwide to lie to get in operation.