Speak Out Against NAIS

| 2/13/2009 2:56:48 PM

Horse's Mouth
Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers: NAIS ALERT! Protect your right to farm and to eat local food. Speak out against the National Animal Identification System!

The USDA has proposed a rule to require all farms and ranches where animals are raised to be registered in a federal database under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for existing disease control programs. The draft rule covers programs for cattle, sheep, goats and swine. It also sets the stage for the entire NAIS program to be mandated for everyone, including anyone who owns even one livestock animal (for example, a single chicken or a horse). Learn more about the legislation in The Truth About the Animal ID Plan.

It’s critical that the USDA and Congress hear from the hundreds of thousands of people who will be adversely affected by the NAIS program. This includes not only animal owners, but also consumers who care about local and sustainable foods, taxpayers who object to wasteful government programs and advocates for a safer food system.

STEP 1: Submit comments to USDA online or by mail. The comments must be received by the USDA by March 16, 2009. 

Submit comments on the federal regulations website (click on the yellow balloon under “add comments”). 

Or mail two copies of your comments to the USDA at the address below. Clearly state that your comments refer to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096. (See the sample comments at the end of this post.)

Mike Murphy_3
5/23/2009 9:15:47 PM

Many farmers and ranchers are also veterans, and their voices are very hard for Congress to ignore once they speak out. Please post / email the link to this petition to anyone you feel would be able to inform veterans and their families so they can add their voices to the ones speaking out against NAIS. The petition will automatically notify your representatives based on your zip code and could not be easier. http://petition2congress.com/2/1903/veterans-against-nais/ Respectfully, Mike Murphy

Raymond James
3/11/2009 6:03:40 PM

How many people reading or posting on this article have read the proposed regulations? Visited the Dept. of Agriculture web site or your states agriculture dept. web site? When I talk to people that have read the proposed rules most agree with them. The people that disagree heard from someone what the proposed rules were about. My local veternarians are for the regulations. They believe that the rules will help them confine an outbreak such as foot and mouth disease. Not prevent or elimenate the risk of an out break but limit its scope.

LadyHawk Smith
3/7/2009 10:30:34 PM

This program is nothing more than the government, once again, trying to stick its nose where it does not need to be...our daily lives, our homes, our property and our freedom to make our own choices. I have a small property (5 acres) and I have 30 chickens...they are my pets, they are well cared for, they received medical attention when they need it and they receive regular preventative treatments. they produce the eggs that my household consumes and also provide eggs for friends. Considering the life span of most chickens these day due to wild predators, stray dogs and dog of irresponsible owners, this system would keep us constantly keeping nuisance records and notifying the FDA of changes. Frankly, it is invasive, serves no real purpose except to pad pockets and give the governemtn more control over our lives. I for one REFUSE to sign up for it and REFUSE to ever notify the FDA of anything tht happens with my chickens just as I do not notify them when something occurs with my dog. The FDA needs to concentrate on the real problem...the cattle producers, poultry producers and egg producers that are inhumanely caring for their animals and pumping them full of junk. I know what my animals eat and therefore, i know what I eat. Walk into a grocery store and you have no clue what is actually in the meat and eggs you purchase. So, to the FDA I say "Go away" and to the Government itself "Get your act together, stop invading our lives/privacy and stop attacking our freedom of choice! Fix the important stuff and leave us alone."

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