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


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.

yolanda short
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.

alexia evans
4/20/2006 12:00:00 AM

Animals shouldn't be implanted with micro computerchips it's inhumane,the more sovereign citizenship world wide, the more we can avoid having to obey big brother. The next thing will be people walking around with implanted chips so that the government can control the population.

edward smith_1
4/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

Wow I have watched our rights as private citizens of these United States of America decline rapidly in the last ten years. I have finally seen it all. Is any one alarmed that the nutritional facts about mass produced food of any kind are so different than natural grown that we should all be screaming about it. Now the food scource is so unhealthy that we need to track every critter that could be considered "livestock". I am shocked that people are finally starting to see what is happening to our food source that is supposed to be keeping us healthy. With the staggering rise in obesity, diabetes, cancer, Etc. How can anyone be suprised? Now those of us that choice to raise a small amount of live stock to feed our selves and maybe a friend are going to be made to suffer the consequence of the greed of the large mas produce factories of "food" by having to register our animals. Again I say WOW!

gina fleming
4/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

WJeffries - thanks for the website link! I have passed it on to friends. Let's speak out against NAIS while we still can!

gina fleming
4/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

As a horse owner, I DO feel that this program invades my privacy. My neighbors and friends, who are small farm owners, would encur significant expense tagging all of their chickens, turkeys, ducks, and cows. Furthermore, identification of horses is imprecise and impractical - microchips implanted under the skin have been known to migrate and/or build up enough scar tissue to become unreadable. Branding or tagging my horse would be painful and would take away from his natural beauty. I, for one, don't plan to register my horse unless the USDA comes knocking on my door.

nina rourk
4/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

This is something that has many in the canine community upset. USDA considers dogs "livestock" and therefore fall under the same rules as "livestock". The implications here are unthinkable, to say nothing of this applying to cats and other types of pets. This is a scary situation.

walter jeffries
4/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

This is being pushed through on a state by state basis with the USDA driving it. There is no need for NAIS outside of the anonymous wholesale commercial food production like factory farms and feedlots. NAIS should be kept 100% voluntary and simply be market driven. We don't need heavy handed government mandates shoved down our throughts. Fight this. Go visit and find out what you can do to stop NAIS.

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