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Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by ozarkgoatman, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    We received this from a friend of ours. Even though Missouri and some other states told .gov to stick Nais where the sun don't shine they are still going to try to ram it down our throats. :mad: All that I can tell .gov is that OUR ANIMALS/FAMILY WILL NOT BE TAGGED [gun]


    On Tuesday, January 13, 2009, the USDA published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would make two elements of NAIS -- NAIS Premises ID and NAIS individual animal ID -- effectively mandatory in several USDA animal disease programs. A copy of the proposed rule is attached.

    This rule, if it goes into effect, would be an enormous step toward creating a fully mandatory NAIS for all U.S. livestock.

    The proposed rule directly affects cattle, bison, sheep, goats, and swine. However, it will also bring a full NAIS closer for all species. Therefore, all owners of horses, poultry, and other species should also submit comments and urge their livestock/farming organizations to submit comments.

    Within a few days, I will be sending out a sample letter for people to consider as a basis for comments. The comment period is scheduled to close on March 16, 2009. Commenting on this proposed rule is extremely important. Not only all animal owners, but also consumers of local/organic/grassfed foods, and everyone concerned with preserving a place for family farms in a world increasingly dominated by Industrial Agriculture, is urged to comment.

    In regard to advancing NAIS, the four most important aspects of the USDA/APHIS Jan. 13, 2009 rule are:

    1. As of the effective date of the final rule, the NAIS Premises ID Number (PIN) would be the only form of PIN allowed for certain official uses. (Note on timing -- the comment period is open until March 16, 2009. Then USDA reviews the comments and at some point can issue a final rule. That date of issuance would be the effective date for the mandatory assignments of the NAIS Premises IDs. However, a large number of unfavorable comments might result in the postponement, or even retraction or cancellation, of the rule.)

    2. Although the system announced in this proposed rule supposedly permits the continued use of the National Uniform Eartagging System (traditionally, metal tags) and a "premises-based numbering system," in fact, these systems would be used in the same way as NAIS Animal Identification Numbers. The older forms of eartags and individual IDs would all be connected into the NAIS Premises ID database through the Animal Identification Number Management System ("AINMS," the USDA system that keeps track of what individual animal identification number is assigned to what farm or ranch). In other words, under the system of this proposed rule, anytime a farmer/rancher has metal tags applied to livestock (such as for TB or brucellosis testing), the farm/ranch will be placed into the NAIS Premises ID system and the numbers on the tags will be tied to the farm/ranch through the USDA's AINMS system.

    3. Some requirements are being added for official eartags and these new requirements might make it very difficult or even impossible to obtain metal tags instead of the NAIS tags. The additional requirements include a "U.S. shield" printed on each tag, and tags must be "tamper-resistant and have a high retention rate in the animal." The APHIS Administrator must approve all tags. The NAIS tags now available already meet these standards. It is not clear that metal tags have ever been judged by these standards, so it is possible that the APHIS Administrator could fail to approve metal and other non-NAIS tags. Also, tag manufacturers will have a clear self-interest in abandoning production of cheap metal tags in favor of expensive NAIS RFID tags, so non-NAIS forms of tags may quickly become extinct.

    4. The addition of a definition of the AINMS to the animal-disease program rules in the Code of Federal Regulations is huge. Previously the AINMS has only been defined in the non-rule NAIS informational documents (Draft Strategic Plan, User Guide, Business Plan, etc.) so it did not have any defined legal status. Now this proposed rule adds a definition of the AINMS and also provides that eventually the AINMS will be used to tie all types of "official" tags -- not just the NAIS 15-digit tags -- to a NAIS registered premises. The proposed rule accomplishes essentially a mandatory system for the first 2 elements of NAIS -- NAIS premises ID and NAIS individual animal ID. The only difference from the original NAIS plan is that now the metal tags and other traditional forms of individual ID have become additional forms of numbering/tagging that are used as part of NAIS.

    Note that even if your state has passed a law to keep NAIS "voluntary," that will not necessarily save you from this rule. The Federal Register notice specifically states: "All State and local laws and regulations that are in conflict with this rule will be preempted." (p. 1638.) However, if you are working to pass a state law limiting NAIS in the present legislative session, keep working -- such a law could still be very important. It shows the opposition of animal owners and consumers to NAIS, which may help get the rule postponed or rescinded. In addition, the question of whether this rule would pre-empt contrary state laws in all circumstances may someday be open to legal challenge.

    But for now, your best defense against NAIS is to make sure you comment on the proposed rule. Watch for my sample letter to be distributed in the next few days.
  2. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    Military tactics used on civilians, they want to know where the enemies food supplies are. Once they gain access to peoples animals, hoof and mouth and all sorts of diseases will appear, just like in England. They want you to come to them for food.
  3. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Noticed that in the movie"Defiance" last night the "'partisans" lived by stealing or "getting" food and supplies from outlying farmers and communities.Then the farmers were at the "mercy" of the nazis.For supporting "resistors"...
    I believe the VietCong Functioned the same way . people gotta EAT and not just a squirrel or a sprig of miners lettuce.
  4. Quantrill

    Quantrill Monkey++

    Control the food, control the population. It's harder to revolt when you are starving. In fact a person will do anything they are told to do if their kids, their loved ones, or themselves are hungry.

    I can't wait till we have to register with the gov't what we grow in our garden, and how much, if we sold any of it, ect, ect, ect.
    Or better yet we don't get to keep any of it, instead it goes to a distribution center and is disbursed to those who are too lazy or stupid to take care of themselves. Probably not going to happen but, the way things are going the color of our underwear will be gov't controled, for our saftey and public well being of course.
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Agriculture was doomed since the 30's anyway, and this is a shady deal to be sure. The tagging will be adopted, and hopefully held back in quite a few states. I'm not even gonna think about the repercussions for not having the proper tags on animals...

    More government intrusion, less liberty. Just another brick in the wall.
  6. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I wonder....
    Maybe I should start a rattlesnake and scorpion farm....?
    Let them tag my food supplies then!
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