Yesterday, Clark County Circuit Judge Jon Counsell ruled that Emanuel Miller Jr. of Loyal, Wis., does not have to comply with the state’s mandatory livestock registration law. Miller’s attorney argued that the law — which requires all livestock owners to register the location, number and type of livestock they own with the state — violated Miller’s religious beliefs.
According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the judge wrote that Miller “had shown a sincere religious belief that would be impinged by the state law. Then the burden shifted to the state to show it had a compelling interest in animal health and food safety that could not be served by something less restrictive than mandatory livestock registration.”
The state is expected to appeal the ruling.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel