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Indemnity payments in foreign animal disease eradication campaigns in the United States

Jamie K. Umber DVM, MPH, DACVPM1, Gay Y. Miller DVM, PhD2, and William D. Hueston DVM, PhD, DACVPM3
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  • 1 Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108.
  • | 2 Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108; and Department of Pathobiology, Division of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61802.
  • | 3 Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108.

Indemnity is the payment by the government to animal owners in compensation for loss incurred as a result of the taking and destruction of their animals, animal products, equipment, and other property on the order of the government. Currently in the United States, the mass destruction of animals is the primary strategy to return the country to disease-free status in the event of an FAD outbreak. A common avenue to garner owner support for depopulation (ie, the purposeful destruction of animals) and eradication (ie, the elimination of a disease or pathogenic agent from a country or zone) has been through

Contributor Notes

Dr. Umber's present address is Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Supported in part by a cooperative agreement between the University of Minnesota and USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management and the National Veterinary Stockpile.

The authors thank Thomas Bundy for technical assistance with legal concepts.

Address correspondence to Dr. Miller (GYMiller@illinois.edu).