We're not exactly sure why the EU feels the need to track sheep and goats across Europe, but it just voted to make electronic tagging mandatory by the end of 2009. The move comes after a two-year delay at the insistence of the UK, and it means that all sheep and goats will be implanted with a €1 ($1.43) tag that will allow anyone with a €200 ($286) handheld reader to get a complete history of the animal. We're pretty certain that infringes on sheep / goat privacy rights -- quick, someone start a petition!

[Via The Register]

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