It is not mandatory in NC to register your animals… yet. But, if I go to the North Carolina NAIS site I find this question:
Q. If a Person Raises Animals for His or Her Own Use and the Animals Never Leave the Owner’s Property, Do They Need to be Identified?
A. Under the current plan, animals that never leave a premises do not need to be identified. However, animal owners are encouraged to identify their animals and their premises, regardless of the number of animals present, since many animal diseases may be spread whether an animal leaves its home premises or not. Examples of such diseases include West Nile virus, foot.?d.?uth disease, vesicular stomatitus, and equine infectious anemia.
So, I’m an animal, right? Maybe I should start sending in a letter everytime I get a cold, or go out to the bakery and stuff! I mean, I could really transmit some serious gottalittlesniffle disease at that bakery and the government needs to know about all the people I will infect by leaving my premises! Don’t you think? And for that matter, I think I am going to have a sign in sheet at my front door so you can all let the govn’t know that you came to visit, just in case you are contagious. I mean, really, us animal ‘people’ go a-visiting a whole lot more than goats and chickens do. We spread a whole lot more illness! Maybe it would be more beneficial to the govn’t to track all of us! (Maybe I shouldn’t give ’em any ideas, eh?)