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ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH NAIS?
(NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM)
Submitted by Stan Norred thru Sartre's BATR Yahoo Discussion Group
Mar. 1, 2006
(Foreword by Stan Norred:
I lost my bid to run for Congress by 7 votes to a stacked Convention.
But this is STILL important.
NAIS - National Animal Identification System
The Texas compliance date is June 1st.
The fine is $1,000 per day, per Animal.
I'm planning on killing ALL my animals on May 31 rather than comply,
as are many other small farmers and small food producers.
It's a sad thing to have to kill my friends.....
However, I WILL NOT SUBMIT TO TYRANNY.
We need Warrior Candidates or we WILL lose our Country....
P.S. It'd make one hell of a media dog & pony show if a Congressiional
Candidate was doing this in protest....
Source: eco-logic Powerhouse
Storm against NAIS
Are you familiar with NAIS?
Let me give you a little background.
The USDA http://snipurl.com/nuau , wants to register the GPS
coordinates, name, address, phone, and other data on every farm,
home, and other location that has even has a single animal, with a
government Premise ID. For this privilege of mandatory registration,
you will pay a fee of $10 or more, per year. Next, they intend to
tag every single one of your animals with a RFID, or other tag. This
will be mandatory.
In addition to paying an annual fee and paying for tags for all of
your animals, you would also be required to log, track, and report
all "events," such as the birth of an animal, death of an animal,
animals leaving, or entering your property. All reports must be made
within 24 hours, or you could face stiff fines.
Do not expect them to keep your private information secure. In a
little "Oops," the USDA just released the social security numbers of
350,000 farmers. Big producers, like factory farms, get to use a
single batch ID for tens of thousands of animals,to keep their costs
down. For them, NAIS is a minor bookkeeping entry that gives them
big profits in the export markets to Japan and other countries.
Small farmers and homesteaders, with their mixed-age flocks and
herds, would be required to tag and track every single individual
animal. NAIS is great for big corporate producers, and hellish for
small farmers and homesteaders.
The cost of NAIS in fees, tags, equipment costs, and time will
bankrupt small farmers, and overwhelm people who raise their own
food animals. In the end, the consumer will pay – NAIS could add
almost a thousand dollars a year to the annual food budget for the
typical family of four. By destroying small producers, NAIS will
kill the Slow Food http://snipurl.com/9m96 and the Buy Local
http://snipurl.com/nuax movements, as local farmers are driven out
NAIS is already mandatory in some states, starting this year,
including Texas and Wisconsin. In other states, like Vermont, the
agricultural commissioner and state vet have said they will tag and
track every animal, right down to the back yard level. This means
everyone, even Granny with her one laying hen, is going to have to
get a $10 per year premise ID, a RFID tag for her chicken, and make
government reports on its movements.
Texas has implemented a $1,000 per incident per day, fine for non-
compliance. What small farmer or homesteader can stand up to that
kind of fire power? NAIS also requires tagging and tracking of pets
and guardian animals, including alpaca and horses. It may later
likely be extended to cats and dogs, although that has not yet been
announced. It is allowed for in the draft proposal, through
extensions of the program.
In New York state, they already have a bill in the legislature
requiring that all dogs be internally tagged with RFID chips for
USDA agents can come to your home, and kill all of your livestock,
without a warrant or any legal appeal under NAIS. Once you are
registered into the mandatory NAIS system, you effectively lose your
rights to your own livestock. You become a serf for the state, worse
than in Communist Russia.
If you do not believe this, then please go to the USDA web site, and
read the draft proposal for NAIS, which is already being implemented
in stages, without public feedback or scrutiny. Check out the
timeline – we all must start fighting it now, before it is too late.
Together, we can stop this fascist move to take away our property
and livelihoods. We can still protect our traditional rights to
farm, if we act now. Is NAIS legal? No, not under our Constitution –
but that does not stop the government from implementing bad laws and
regulations, and then enforcing them. NAIS specifically violates the
1st, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments and the Bill of Rights. The USDA
has been very hush-hush about NAIS, because they know that if people
really understood how far reaching it is, what an outrageous
violation of our Constitutional rights NAIS is, then people would
stop NAIS dead.
The USDA has been asking for feedback, but only from the
large "stakeholders" as they call them. Small farmers don't count.
Homesteaders don't matter. Pet owners were completely ignored,
because none of these groups profit from NAIS. How could this
happen? NAIS was enabled under the Patriot Act. Killing the Patriot
Act now, will not be enough. Individual states have already enacted
NAzIS laws. The Republicans and Democrats are both in on creating
the Patriot Act and NAIS, in the wake of the terrorism scare of
Using this theater of fear, large corporations jumped at the chance
to implement NAIS. Why would anyone want NAIS? In a word, "profits."
Remember, always follow the money trail. Large meat exporters are
required to provide trace-back documentation for their cattle for
export to foreign markets, like Japan. Agreements with the European
Union are asking for similar tagging and tracking. The big meat
packers announced they did not want to deal with two streams of
animals, those that were tagged and those that were not, so they
expanded NAIS to cover all cattle. The RFID tag and equipment
industry got excited about this tremendous market. In their greed,
they wanted NAIS extended to all livestock that might enter the food
chain. Then, it was extended to non- traditional food animals,
including horses and guardian animals. To justify this, they now
claim that the purpose of NAIS is to prevent disease. It is not.
They use Mad Cow (BSE) and Avian Flu (H5N1) scares to justify a
program that is about profits. NAIS will not prevent, or stop
disease. BSE is caused by cows eating cows, and it sometimes occurs
randomly, when a protein misfolds, so traceback won't help with BSE.
Testing at slaughter and stopping the practice of feeding cows back
to cows are the things that will help prevent Mad Cow Disease.
Avian Flu comes from wild ducks and other wild water fowl. NAIS will
do nothing for either. Confinement rearing also will not help with
Avian Flu – several factory chicken farms have been hit by it.
Now, there is even a push to extend chipping to pets and even
humans, both as an implant for "medical records," and as part of the
national REAL ID program, so the government can better track all
people within the United States. NAIS is about profits for large
meat exporters. NAIS is not about disease, and has nothing to do
with food safety for the American consumer. NAIS will hurt small
farmers, homesteaders, and pet owners with excessive fees, invasions
of privacy, threats of enormous fines, and onerous paperwork. It is
a clear violation of our Constitutional rights.
NAIS will also hurt consumers, even vegetarians, because animal
manures are used to grow vegetables organically. NAIS will result in
the consolidation of our food supply into the hands of fewer large
corporations, thus making our national food chain more susceptible
to attacks by terrorist organizations. The best way to prevent
terrorist attacks is diversity, and to spread out the food supply.
NAIS could even cause the national housing bubble to collapse, as
small farmers go bankrupt and their prime developable lands get
chopped up into subdivisions by developers. The damaging effects of
NAIS could ripple through our fragile economy, driving us into
another great depression, as people who supply farmers are put out
of work, and they stop buying.
What is the solution?
NAIS should be made strictly voluntary, and the rights of consumers,
small farmers, livestock owners, homesteaders, and pet owners should
be protected from future abuses.
If NAIS is such a good idea, then the sellers who would benefit from
the export markets and other venues requiring traceability will get
higher prices, so they will voluntarily join the system. There is no
need to force it down everyone's throat, if it is such a good idea.
The very fact that the USDA is planning to make NAIS mandatory,
proves what a bad idea it really is. Better the carrot, than the
stick. For more information about NAIS, check out the FAQ's at the
top of the left hand sidebar, and the various additional resources
in the right sidebar on the NoNAIS.org web site.
Speak now, while you still have the right. Let your voice be heard
across the land. Start today by contacting your local talk show
radio hosts and stations.
"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains
seemingly unchanged. And, it is in such twilight that we all must be
aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting
victims of the darkness."
--Justice William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme