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#72532 - 02/02/09 06:23 PM NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Wilds of PA Offline
Feather

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 24
Loc: Pennsylvania
This came into my email today..use it to your benefit..you can read the comments right under the proposal, there are 6 pages so far..
Charlie

NAIS Alert - Comments Urgently Needed

NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
NAIS ALERT!
Protect your right to farm and the food supply!
The USDA has proposed a rule to mandate premises registration under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for existing disease control programs. The draft rule covers programs for cattle, sheep, goats, and swine, but it sets the stage for the entire NAIS program to be mandated for everyone.

It is 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 anyone who owns even one livestock animal (including a single chicken or a horse), as well as 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 USDA by March 16, 2009
You can submit comments online by clicking here.
http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2007-0096
Then Click on the yellow balloon under “add comments.”

Or mail two copies of your comments to USDA.

Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS
Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

Clearly state that your comments refer to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096.

(Sample comments are at the end of this alert.)

STEP 2: Send a copy of your comments to your Congressman and Senators.

You can find who represents you, and their contact information by clicking here
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

Background
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working for over five years to force a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) onto American animal owners. NAIS is designed to identify and track each and every individual livestock and poultry animal owned by family farmers, hobby farmers, homesteaders, and pet owners across the country.

USDA claims that NAIS is a disease tracking program, but has refused to provide any support for its claims. In reality, NAIS will:

Usurp states’ existing, well-functioning disease response and brand inspection programs;
Impose high costs and government surveillance on every farmer and animal owner for no significant benefits.

NAIS does nothing to improve food safety for consumers or prevent animal diseases. This program is a one-size-fits-all program developed by and for big Agribusiness. NAIS will increase consolidation of our food supply in the hands of a few large companies and put the brakes on the growing movement toward regional food systems.

Despite promises to the contrary, the USDA’s new proposed rule would make portions of the NAIS mandatory for thousands of people in every state. This draft rule would mandate the first step – premises registration – for anyone who is involved in a federal disease control program. That includes tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapie, Johne’s and more. The NAIS Premises Identification Number (PIN) will become the only form of premises identification acceptable for official USDA purposes, with no opt-out provision.

The proposed rule would also limit official Animal Identification Numbers to the NAIS-compliant 840-numbering system, laying the groundwork for future regulations that would limit people’s options on the types of tags they could use.

The proposed rule is not final yet. You can help stop it by visiting the Federal Registry and making a comment, and click on the yellow balloon under “add comments.” Be sure to send a copy of your comments to your elected officials, letting them know how you feel about NAIS.

The grassroots movement has already successfully stalled USDA's plans for NAIS, which originally called for the entire program - premises registration, animal identification, and tracking - to be mandatory by January 2009. The proposed rule is an opportunity to get thousands of objections in the formal record, and have an even greater impact. It is imperative that people speak up to protect our right to farm and our food supply!

Sample Comments
Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096
Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD, APHIS
Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

Mail two copies to the address above, or submit comments online by clicking here.

Date: __________

Re: Docket No. APHIS–2007–0096

I urge the USDA to withdraw its proposed rule to implement portions of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096.

I am a ___________________________________________________________
(State who you are - farmer, consumer, animal owner - and why this issue matters to you.)

The proposed rule mandates the NAIS Premises Identification Number (PIN) as the sole means of identifying properties for official USDA purposes. The proposed rule also mandates the use of the NAIS numbering system (i.e. the “840 numbering system”) for eartags using official animal identification numbers. Tags using other numbering systems would be required to be linked to a NAIS PIN.

The draft rule is seriously flawed for multiple reasons:

Does not substantiate the alleged benefits to animal health. USDA makes general claims about the benefits of identifying locations where animals are kept, but the agency does not address the capacity of existing programs to meet this purpose, nor how the proposed rule actually improves on the current ability to identify locations.

Ignores the costs and burdens. The proposed rule would substantially increase costs, and add intrusive governmental burdens, to the industry and the taxpayer. The costs include the development and maintenance of a massive database; the purchase of 840-numbered tags by animal owners; state agencies having to implement changes to existing programs; and increased federal government intrusion into the lives and daily activities of farmers and other animal owners.

Violation of individuals’ religious beliefs. Amish, Mennonite, and some other individuals have religious objections to the universal numbering system under NAIS.

Creates disincentives for people to seek veterinary care for their animals and participate in existing disease control programs. The proposed rule lists four animal disease programs - tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapie, and Johne’s - and will impact others. These programs include provisions for veterinary care through vaccinations and testing. Animal owners who object to NAIS, may avoid participating in these programs, thereby increasing health risks to the public and farm operations.

Adds to the confusion. This rule is the latest in a series of ambiguous and often contradictory documents that the USDA has issued on NAIS. This has created enormous confusion over the intent of the USDA and problems for both animal owners and state agencies.

The proposed rule is a significant step towards implementing the entire NAIS program. Thus, the agency should address the fundamental question of whether it should be implementing NAIS at all. In addition to the problems with the draft rule listed above, there are many additional objectionsto the entire NAIS propgram:


No significant benefits: USDA’s assertions that NAIS will provide benefits for animal health are not supported, and actually contradict basic scientific principles.

High costs for animal owners and taxpayers: These costs include: (1) the development, maintenance, and update of massive databases; (2) the costs of tags, most of which will contain microchips; (3) the labor burdens for tagging every animal; (4) the paperwork burdens of reporting routine movements; and (5) the costs of enforcement on millions of individuals.

Impracticality: The databases to register the properties, identify each animal, and record billions of “events” will dwarf any system currently in existence.

Waste of money: The USDA has already spent over $130 million on NAIS implementation, but has yet to develop a workable plan for the program.

Diverts resources from more critical needs such as disease testing, disease prevention through vaccination and improved animal husbandry practices, and disease detection in currently uninspected livestock imports.

Damage to food safety efforts: NAIS will not prevent foodborne illnesses, such as e. coli or salmonella contamination, because the tracking ends at the time of slaughter. Food safety is better served by focusing on programs such as increased testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “Mad Cow”), improved oversight of slaughterhouses and food processing facilities, and increased inspections of imported food. Programs such as NAIS that burden small, sustainable farmers will hurt efforts to develop safer, decentralized local food systems.

Discourages involvement in farming or animal husbandry: Because of the costs and government intrusion, some people will choose not to stay in farming or go into farming. This will result in less competition, greater reliance in foreign imports, and poor quality at higher prices.
I urge the USDA to withdraw the proposed rule to implement portions of the National Animal Identification System, Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096.

Sincerely,

Name: ___________________________

Address: __________________________

City, State Zip: __________________________

For more information, visit and support
www.LibertyArk.net
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#72533 - 02/03/09 06:28 PM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Wilds of PA Offline
Feather

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 24
Loc: Pennsylvania
I know how i feel about it as well, i hate it..If you go to the web site above you can read just how some of the other folks feel about it there as well in there comments. i hope nais goes back under the rock it came out from under..

We cant afford another useless program in this country...what did they waste on it so far, i think its about 130 million dollars of tax payer moneys wasted on it to date.. they could have fixed a bunch of bridges up or fixed some roads with that kind of money..but know they think there gonna stop and track disease in birds..i don't think they can track every wild bird and duck in this country

Sorry to vent a bit, i hope others feel just as bitter as i do about this nais BS..
Charlie
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#72534 - 02/03/09 11:32 PM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Uno Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 1280
Loc: Canada
Recently read a short article in an agricultural (Canadian) magazine about how the big, industrial quotaed poultry farmers are promoting an education program on how to prevent spreading diseases, aimed at the backyard poultry person. The Big Guys feel that it was us Small Guys that spread bird flu mad

Can you believe the grandiose, unmitigated, pomposity of such hogwash? And there's the public swallowing it hook ,line and sinker. Worse, there's a magazine printing such garbage, FICTION in the name of educating the public!

It's not like every back yard chicken keeper spends his weekends running through massive poultry barns waving an infected chicken over his head. They make it sound like all creeping evil is the small guy minding his own business while the Men in Suits run such a clean and noble operation. I can guarantee you the men in suits don't know a chicken from a cow pie, and have never laid eyes on the flocks they own! They have underlings for feeding, catching, cleaning and such.

Used to be a bag of hen scratch was a bag of hen scratch. Now if you buy poultry feed they take your name and address. Gee, I can buy liquor and no one asks me a thing! But poultry feed and I get the third degree? It makes me furious! The criminalization of the once noble pursuit of animal husbandry.

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#72535 - 02/04/09 11:17 AM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Uno Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 1280
Loc: Canada
Well here in British Columbia being honest has branded many as criminals (Meat Inspection Regulation) or suspected spreaders of horrible diseases. So a chicken in every pot? Many of the most prosperous 'farmers' in BC have given up on livestock and cultivate...uh...the pot! eek

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#72536 - 02/04/09 07:20 PM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Gina Elmore Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 08/18/05
Posts: 216
Loc: South Dakota
I really would like to do this, but I'm supposing that someone only 13 can't write to their congress, right?
~GME

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#72537 - 02/04/09 10:23 PM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
CJR Online   content
Coop Master

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8483
Loc: Montana
Anyone with a message may write to their Senators, Representatives, and including the President. Age does not matter, the message is the important thing. Ask your teacher for the proper way to address each, and you can send by email or a nice letter via the Post Office! Your State Reps and Senators, State Dept of Agriculture also can be sent a message! CJR

Might include the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

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#72538 - 02/04/09 11:58 PM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Uno Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 1280
Loc: Canada
We need, very much, for our young people to care, to take a stand, to have a voice. It is never too soon to become a participating citizen of your neighbourhood, community or country. Do not despair at being 13 and feeling too young. Pick up your pen and write! Things might not turn out the way you want, but it can never be said that you stood silently by and said and did nothing. Go for it!

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#72539 - 02/13/09 12:50 AM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
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Yes Big Brother is watching in this country too. I don't agree with RMPs as they were the death knell to many small free range eggs producers, since the license is expensive and the men in white coats need paying.
I don't need some consultant telling me whether I pick up or package my eggs safely.

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#72540 - 02/16/09 05:43 AM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Hownic65 Offline
New Egg

Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 7
Loc: Texas
Civil disobediance may be the only option we have left if this passes. I for one have wrote my congressman and his response was how wrong I was for opposing this idiotic program and how it was for the safety of everyone. Apparently we are all just quackheads and cluckups for thinking we can feed our families better than the all knowing government. He also said it was voluntary, last I checked so is participation in the social security ponze scheme and the federal income taxes. If we decide not to participate I bet they would even take volunteers at gunpoint. Shame on us for not just lining up to comply.

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#72541 - 02/17/09 06:00 PM Re: NAIS Alert -Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers needed
Bushman Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 1046
Loc: Wisconsin
You think federal income tax is voluntary? Did you ever hear the reason Al Capone finally got sent to prison? I don't think things have changed much since his day in court. Incidentally, my farm has been registered since 2002, and I have not seen or heard from an inspector yet. My solution would be somewhat different - everyone registers and buries them in paperwork. I don't think in today's economy they could afford to keep up with it.
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