Government Program Seeks to Tag EVERY Livestock Animal in the U.S.

| April/May 2006

  • USDA, NAIS, National Animal Identification System, small-scale livestock, commercial livestock, food safety, livestock health


  • USDA, NAIS, National Animal Identification System, small-scale livestock, commercial livestock, food safety, livestock health
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is embarking upon a new program that seeks to have every single livestock animal in the United States identified, tagged and possibly implanted with a radio chip. The highly controversial National Animal Identification System (NAIS) would require anyone who owns even one livestock animal ? such as a pigeon, rabbit, chicken or horse ? to register that animal and its location in a federal database.

The USDA maintains that the program could help track and contain disease outbreaks. But livestock owners criticize the USDA's intentions, claiming that this is just another federally supported benefit for large-scale 'factory farm' producers, whose animals are the most at risk for disease outbreaks. In addition, the NAIS will place a financial burden on small-scale livestock owners, and invade individual privacy, to boot. Currently, enrollment in NAIS is voluntary, but the program is scheduled to become mandatory by 2009.

View the details of the USDA's implementation plan.
Learn how you can take action.
Read legal comments about NAIS.
Tell your congressmen what you think about NAIS.
Walter Jeffries
8/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

Mandatory Premises ID registration and the USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) are dead in Vermont! See this article for more details: a nutshell, which is where these programs belongs, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (AoA) has finally heard the enormous protest against the program and said they are letting the proposal for mandatory Premises ID expire and will not share information with the feds thus killing NAIS at the same time.It is unnecessary to violate our rights and privacy in order to control animal disease. The government should focus on education and being polite. The VT AoA is one 800 lb guerilla that just learned it can't sit anywhere it pleases.

8/16/2006 12:00:00 AM

Today your livestock and tomorrow what, humans? This all started out as voluntarily and suddenly became manditory (sp?)when they discovered how they could use it. Are Americans so complacent that they are going to let government do this? Why not since we have set back and let the politicians give themselves a pay raise every year and yet haven't raised the hourly wage. Just keeping the people who drive the country down where they are supposed to be according to the people at the top of the scale. The politicians are treating us as much like livestock as they are our livestock!!! Make a move people of America! Y. Short, Clyde, TX

Irene Desi
5/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

I agree with every comment i have seen here so far.We have to start writing letters and making noise.I will resist and won't voluntarily submit.You will one day face being taxed for growing your own garden, taxed and fined because you won't use monsantos' seeds, or tax and fined so you can't afford to grow your own food. I am sure if they got to chip your animals and you submit to register your property for satellite surveilence.......there will be more trouble to come.If they do this, what do you think is next?Don't rule out the possibility of being chipped yourself. This is a very powerful tool for government and agribiz. This can create unforseen events. This HAS to be stopped. It has no place outside of factory farms and feedlots.

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