The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined a coalition of agricultural organizations in calling for passage of the Beagle Brigade Act of 2022. The bill would authorize the National Detector Dog Training Center, which trains canines who are nicknamed the “Beagle Brigade.” Allison Rivera, NCBA Executive Director of Government Affairs, says the Beagle Brigade is crucial for preventing foreign animal diseases, invasive species, and pests from entering the country. “To continue the success of the Beagle Brigade’s program, we’re urging Congress to provide specific authorization for the National Detector Dog Training Center so canine teams can continue to provide robust inspections at U.S. ports of entry,” Rivera says. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say over 116 agricultural canine teams provide screenings at border crossings, airports, cruise terminals, cargo warehouses, and mail facilities. Brigade members play a vital role in preventing the introduction of diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease, African Swine Fever, and many others.
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