A Mennonite farmer from Pennsylvania does not have to comply with a state animal identification program after arguing that numbering his ducks would bring about his “eternal damnation.”
James Landis, of Lebanon County, Pa., had argued that the program’s requirements would force him to violate his religious beliefs.
Landis is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, a conservative spin-off from the more mainstream Mennonite Church. It has about 6,600 members.
They believe that the Bible’s book of Revelation warns of a numbering system from the Antichrist that “causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.”
After international outbreaks of mad cow disease and avian flu, some state and federal programs ask farmers to track and number their animals. Amish dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have objected to programs that would have forced them to number their cows.
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