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

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BRYAN WELCH

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.