I just received this email from a member of the Brentwood, TN chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. It's scary folks! Dear Yall, Im probably behind the 8-ball. I normally am. Regardless, this morning I discovered something interesting. It is no longer legal to sell sheep or goats in Tennessee. What? Right, it is no longer legal to sell sheep or goats in Tennessee. I know, youre thinking I put a tablespoon of crazy in my Cheerios today, but read on. I opened a letter this morning from the Tennessee Livestock Producers Association that announced that my sheep or goats must now have a Scrapie tag if I sell them at a sale barn. If they arent tagged, when I sell them at the sale barn, I will be charged $3.00 per animal to have them tagged when I sell them. But wait! The letter also said that I could call USDA Vet Services at 615-781-5310 and get the tags for free. Wow, I thought. The government giving something away for free wheres the punch in the mouth that normally accompanies their freebies? That wasnt the only thing that puzzled me, though. So I called. When a nice government worker lady answered the phone, I told her about the letter and asked what I needed to do to get the free tags. She said, well, I can fill out the application for you on the phone and then you get the tags for free (I realise now that I was remiss in asking the name of the application). So, I then asked her why they were giving away Scrapie tags to be put on animals that werent being tested for Scrapie. A Scrapie tag in an ear means noScrapie, right? Wrong. She said that it wasnt about Scrapie. They just want to be able to trace the animal back to me in case it gets sick. So this is just like a low-tech version of the animal id, right? Right, she said. Ok, youve answered my questions. I sure appreciate your time. But dont you want me to fill out the application for you? she said. No, I said, I dont think Ill be selling any more sheep at the sale barn. Well, she said in the most authoritative tone she could muster, you should know that you can be fined if you sell sheep or goats privately now and they dont have an ear tag. Ok, thanks, bye. I said. Pictures of gun-toting, uniformed tag-checkers began flying through my head and it hit me if now I can be fined for selling something in the same condition I used to, the way I always have in the past, its no longer legal for me to sell that thing. Ergo, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL SHEEP AND GOATS IN TENNESSEE. Still think were in a free country?