Organizations including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants have adopted these statements on the prudent, ethical disposition of PI BVD cattle.
Statement on Disclosure of BVD PI Animals
The cattle industry has a moral, ethical and potentially legal obligation not to sell known diseased or damaged animals to other parties without full disclosure. Responsible disposition of animals persistently infected (PI) with BVDV is an important component of BVD control.
The dilemma of how to deal with known PI cattle becomes more critical as BVD testing becomes more widespread. Appropriate disposition of known PI cattle must take into acount the adverse impact these cattle have on the health, welfare and the economic return of other cattle and cattle operations they may expose to BVDV.
It is widely recognized that a PI animal is defective and once confirmed, the PI status should be thereafter disclosed — as exposure to these cattle has health ramifications for all cattle, especially those intended for reproductive purposes.
Marketing or movement of BVD PI animals in any manner that potentially exposes at-risk cattle is strongly opposed.