NAIS news

18 03 2007

There’s been a lot of talk in American equine circles lately about NAIS, the National Animal Identification System: “If fully implemented the National Animal Identification System will affect the owners of most livestock species, including cattle, bison, deer, elk, llamas, alpacas, horses, donkeys, mules, goats, sheep, swine, all poultry species (chickens, ducks, etc), and even some fish species, under the heading of aquaculture, and any animal that may be added to the list in the future. Locations, or premises, where these animals are housed or otherwise handled will be required to be identified, as this is the first component of NAIS. Afterward, the animals themselves will be identified, and, finally, they are to be tracked in their movements between the various premises.”

As you can imagine, this has huge implications for American farmers, ranchers, breeders, and those who participate in racing and other equestrian sports. The grassroots opposition to NAIS in the US has been loud and vociferous; a similar program in Australia, while not as far-reaching as NAIS, has added extra layers of bureaucracy while making things more difficult for ranchers and farmers already struggling with drought conditons.

Here’s the latest from Karen Nowak and the Arkansas Animal Producers Association, an anti-NAIS organization:

The issue of national equine ID has been discussed between animal health officials since at least 1987 but did NOT involve any organization representing the actual horse owning public until 2002. The purpose of this lengthy article is to provide a reference document for the evolution of the plan to include equines in the National Animal Identification System. A “timeline of events” from 2002 through 2006. The inclusion of numerous quotes from actualnorganizational and government documents is quite deliberate. Those of us who oppose this plan are frequently accused of spreading “misinformation” by the groups who have developed and promote the NAIS. This document allows their own words and actions to speak for themselves!

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10 responses

19 03 2007

I try to follow this topic closely. There’s a lot of finger pointing which only makes things more confusing. The one thing I am sure about it is the bureaucracy would be so stifling, it’s enough reason for me to not want to see it happen. most of what’s wrong in our country can probably be attributed to bureaucracy. It always slows things down and tangles them up.

20 03 2007
Patricia Barlow-Irick

I made the decision to register my premises a couple of years ago. I am not opposed to the concept of tracking animals, but then I got to talking to the man running the program and he alluded to some of the problems with making it work — namely the infeasibility of registering other livestock. It’s never going to get worked out to function the way they want it to. I just found out that there isn’t even a state registry for dog licenses… the vets have the only records. If horses had more zoonoses, then the money needed to implement the program might be found, or maybe if we ate more of them. So my premises is registered, my animals don’t have coggins tests because I don’t haul them… I do ask that visitors/guests have their coggins test papers so I won’t ever have a problem.

24 08 2007
Gisela Swift

No finger pointing, this document was done for thoses that did not have the time to read the many documents and articles on NAIS for the equine owners. Put together as a time line and then it shows who acually is representing the recreational horse owner which is none and its these very same people who are inflicting NAIS on us. Not only that some of these groups are also listed with other groups working on NAIS.

25 08 2007
Ann Nelson

I’m against NAIS. The USDA proceeded with this program without doing any cost/benefit analysis. So in addition to being a bureaucratic nightmare, it could also be a major waste of our tax dollars – they have spend $100 million on it so far.

Equine owners and hobby farmers have a postive impact on rural economies. What becomes of the hay dealers, boarding stables, feed stores, sales barns etc. when their customers decide to opt-out on livestock ownership instead of complying with NAIS?

25 08 2007

Patricia Barlow-Irick: Do you realize that by registering your premises you have muddied the ownership of your property? You might want to read How to become a serf in one easy stepby Doreen Hannes.

Something that isn’t talked about very much is that the RFID chips that get inserted in some animals cause cancer at the site. And they migrate. One llama, when scanned, had 3 chips in it. One had migrated down to it’s tail.

25 08 2007

Shoots, I don’t do well with that html tag for some reason.
How to become a serf in one easy step (by registering for a premises id)


16 09 2007

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22 09 2008

The REAL REASON for NAIS is so big ag can sell on the global market, but they do not have to tag and track every animal, they get just one lot number per groups of animals. Any one of those animals could be sick and who woild know.

This program will make it appear to foreign buyers that the USA has a good disease tracking program that makes it look like the meat they are buying is safe. But how does my telling the govt everywhere I ride my horse keep bird flu ( or mad cow disease) from the factory farmed animals? The funny thing is that there are very good disease tracking programs already in place and they work! American meat is already the safest in the world. Why do they want to tag and track every last chicken or pet pot belly pig? Crazy, isn’t it?

When the USDA was trying to get animal owners to sign up for NAIS, they were told NAIS is needed to stop the spread of mad cow disease. But when Creekstone Beef wanted to test every cow they process for BSE, the USDA says they could not!!! They claimed it would cost too much money and that everyone else would have to do it too.

There are already mistakes being made in protecting our food. The so-called salmonella infected tomatoes in the summer of 2008prompted many farmers to plow under thousands of acres of tomatoes. But further investigation has shown it was really infected peppers from Mexico. Oops! What if that had been NAIS and healthy animals killed before it was found there were infected animals elsewhere?

One should take NAIS as serious as a rattlesnake with rabies sitting in the middle of your living room (even though the USDA tries to tell us it is just an innocent little puppy) The USDA is NOT listening to those of us who do not want any part of it. After all, NAIS was made to benefit corporate ag so they could sell their meat products on a global level but put all the work/costs of tagging/tracking individual animals of private livestock owners on their own property with none of the benefits nor profits.

The only problem with this program is that e-coli happens after the cow is slaughtered, which is when NAIS tracking stops. The beef is most vulnerable to being tainted in those processing plants. And the fact the beef/pork/chicken raised by corporate agriculture who will not be required to tag and track each animal. Because they raise them in lots, they they get only ONE number per groups of animals. Any one of those critters in that group could be diseased and who would know. But as long as there are appearances of something being done, the city dwellers will eat in peace, while granny and her few egg hens will be tracked closer than the illegals, drug dealers or sex offenders.

In a nutshell, NAIS is like a world traveler having a disease but forcing me to take/pay for the meds, then he goes a declares he is cured, and continues to travel the world. Makes absolutely no sense, benefits neither one of us, but that is how NAIS will work. NAIS will affect everyone who eats, and not in a good way.

28 09 2008

Amendments violated by NAIS

1st–religion (Amish, other Christians, possibly Santeria who practice animal sacrifice)
4th-govt surveillance and illegal search and seizure of private property (tracking, tagging, depopulation)
5th-14th forced registration (that is why the USDA stresses registration. of premises is “voluntary” and “free” but they are pushing for mandatory)
13th involuntary servitude (this one freed the slaves but goes on to state people may not be forced to work without pay…livestock owners are being forced without pay to track animals and file reports on their own animals so the USDA can use that info for disease track back which all the NAIS document allows is depopulation. )
“Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said he prefers not to make NAIS mandatory but warned it could happen if not enough producers sign up voluntarily.”
Statements like these are only some of why over 90% oppose NAIS…How can it be truly voluntary if it will be made mandatory if not enough sign up? Kinda like Mafia tactics, buy their “insurance” and they will not wreck your place!

7 11 2008

So much for our country being a representative democracy. Like the above comment says, over 90% are against NAIS, yet the USDA wants to go ahead with it and now is making it mandatory! Oh guess, what. It’s the corporations that want it and that’s who the USDA is listening to.

Did you notice how over 90% of our country was against the great economic bailout of October 2008. Yet congress went ahead and approved it anyway, including our great new president Barack Obama. Isn’t it wonderful how much say the people have.

90% against NAIS yet the USDA is now making it mandatory. 90% against the economic bailout of OCT 2008 yet the government went ahead and did it anyway. And Wallstreet is getting huge bonuses for companies that should be out of business.

Oh, it’s the corporations that are in cahoots with this country, not the common person. It’s a Corporatocracy in cahoots with the Federal Reserve.

Freedom and liberty are no longer important in this country. Money talks. The Corporations walk. Say goodbye to your freedoms.

Otherwise, to the Liberty Ark and Farm and Ranch Freedom Association websites and fight against NAIS. While you are at it, go to the Campaign for Liberty website and learn to fight against the Federal Reserve and the economic stanglehold it has on this country.

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