They need the practice

The U.S. government is considering a plan to force farmers, feedlots, and packinghouses to track every cow, pig, and chicken from birth to slaughter by 2009, the Associated Press reported….

Meat producers, concerned about privacy issues, have resisted a mandatory government-run identification system, the wire service said. They prefer the idea of a voluntary database to which state and federal officials have limited access.

But surely someone will explain to these poor, confused meat producers that it wouldn’t be safe for the US government to begin tracking every man, woman and child from birth to slaughter without first testing the process on animals.