Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Big Brother in US Tracking All Livestock from Birth to Slaughter

Computer Chip ID Will Be Required for sale of animals

Mandatory participation will be required by livestock owners or they can't sell their cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, goats, horses, llamas, alpacas, deer, elk or bison.

Below is a press release (and an excerpt from the law) I received that I am passing on (emphasis added by me). This information is very disturbing to me, and I plan to be at the meeting this Sunday, July 9, in Conway. I haven't had time to do my background research on it, but Arkansas Watch blog did a post on it that is pasted below this press release. I did join in on a conference call with two or three of the leaders of this organization who were very knowledgeable. There is a link to the proposed law on this issue on the Arkansas Watch Blog post pasted below.

ARKANSAS ANIMAL PRODUCER’S ASSOCIATION

ANIMAL OWNERS WORKING TOGETHER


PRESS RELEASE:

ANIMAL OWNERS WILL GATHER IN CONWAY TO PRESERVE THEIR RIGHTS

The USDA recently issued guidelines for Farm Premises Identification (FPI) and National Animal Identification Tracking System (NAIS). Independent animal owners were not invited by the USDA to help develop these guidelines. Instead, large agricultural corporations, chemical manufacturers, major packers, and manufacturers of animal tracking devices were invited to develop the guidelines. These guidelines as proposed would require owners of cattle, bison, horses, burros, goats, sheep, alpacas, elk, deer, llamas, hogs, and poultry to make application to the USDA for Farm Premises Identification. This identification number would be their global positioning system address (GPS) that would be attached to every animal on the farm. These tracking devices would be leg bands, ear tags, or computer chip implants depending upon the species of animal tagged. Large corporate chicken houses and hog houses would need only one tag for each load of animals leaving the farm, but the independent farmer would be required to tag every animal. Based upon the USDA guidelines, every time an animal was born, left the farm, entered the farm, or died the farm owner would be required to report this information to the USDA within 24 hours or face fines of up to $1000 per day per occurrence. Sale barn operators would be required to purchase expensive electronic devices for reading the tags and submit animal transfer reports to the USDA within 24 hours of the end of the sale or face severe fines. The USDA would place all information received on a national data base.


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4:04 PM, July 05, 2006  
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4:22 PM, July 05, 2006  
Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

Big Brother in US Tracking All Livestock from Birth to Slaughter
Computer Chip ID Will Be Required for sale of animals

Mandatory participation will be required by livestock owners or they can't sell their cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, goats, horses, llamas, alpacas, deer, elk or bison.

Below is a press release (and an excerpt from the law) I received that I am passing on (emphasis added by me). This information is very disturbing to me, and I plan to be at the meeting this Sunday, July 9, in Conway. I haven't had time to do my background research on it, but Arkansas Watch blog did a post on it that is pasted below this press release. I did join in on a conference call with two or three of the leaders of this organization who were very knowledgeable. There is a link to the proposed law on this issue on the Arkansas Watch Blog post pasted below.

ARKANSAS ANIMAL PRODUCER’S ASSOCIATION

ANIMAL OWNERS WORKING TOGETHER

PRESS RELEASE:

ANIMAL OWNERS WILL GATHER IN CONWAY TO PRESERVE THEIR RIGHTS

The USDA recently issued guidelines for Farm Premises Identification (FPI) and National Animal Identification Tracking System (NAIS). Independent animal owners were not invited by the USDA to help develop these guidelines. Instead, large agricultural corporations, chemical manufacturers, major packers, and manufacturers of animal tracking devices were invited to develop the guidelines. These guidelines as proposed would require owners of cattle, bison, horses, burros, goats, sheep, alpacas, elk, deer, llamas, hogs, and poultry to make application to the USDA for Farm Premises Identification. This identification number would be their global positioning system address (GPS) that would be attached to every animal on the farm. These tracking devices would be leg bands, ear tags, or computer chip implants depending upon the species of animal tagged. Large corporate chicken houses and hog houses would need only one tag for each load of animals leaving the farm, but the independent farmer would be required to tag every animal. Based upon the USDA guidelines, every time an animal was born, left the farm, entered the farm, or died the farm owner would be required to report this information to the USDA within 24 hours or face fines of up to $1000 per day per occurrence. Sale barn operators would be required to purchase expensive electronic devices for reading the tags and submit animal transfer reports to the USDA within 24 hours of the end of the sale or face severe fines. The USDA would place all information received on a national data base.

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Each state Department of Agriculture is developing their regulations based upon the USDA guidelines. The regulations in Texas might be quite different from the Arkansas regulations. Employees of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission are conducting meetings across the state to encourage animal owners to apply to the USDA for FPI; however, they are failing to tell these animal owners that the Arkansas regulations have not yet been written and published for all animal species or that the USDA guidelines have not yet been completed. Individuals are told that sign up is voluntary. This is very misleading because the program is coercive—not voluntary. If you do not sign up in Arkansas for FPI, according to Phil Wyrick, Executive Director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, you will probably be prohibited from taking an animal off of your property for any reason, including slaughter or veterinarian service, except to be tagged.

As a result of the USDA guidelines, independent animal owners in Arkansas have banded together and formed the Arkansas Animal Producer’s Association (ARAPA). It is evident to these independent animal owners that these USDA guidelines as proposed will: 1) drive small producers and their supporting suppliers (feed stores, sale barns, meat processors, mom and pop stores, etc) out of existence; 2) make people abandon raising animals for their own food and as pets; 3) invade Arkansan’s personal privacy to a degree never before tolerated; 4) deprive Arkansans of their property rights; 5) violate the religious freedom of Arkansans whose beliefs make it impossible for them to comply; 6) and cost the Arkansas economy far more than the regulations will deliver. ARAPA will work at the informational and legislative level to represent the interests and to preserve the rights of all animal owners.

ARAPA will hold a state-wide meeting from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Conway at Agora, which is located at 705 East Siebenmorgen Road on July 9, 2006. Joel Gill from Pickens, Mississippi, representing R-CALF USA will be the featured speaker. He will discuss issues that will significantly impact the future of the livestock industry in Arkansas and the nation, including animal ID, country-of-origin labeling, free trade agreements, and what you as an independent producer can do to affect the outcome of each. ARAPA will vote on Proposed By Laws, elect the Steering Committee, and elect Representatives from each group of animal owners that have 10 ARAPA members and a sale barn Representative. This meeting is open to the public. Animal owners are encouraged to attend and participate in ARAPA. It may be the most important meeting that an animal owner ever attends. If you have questions or need more information, call 479-299-4334 (after dark) or visit http://arkansasanimalproducers.8k.com.

Hwy. 28, Bluffton, Arkansas 72827, Email: arapa2@lycos.com Phone: 479-299-4334 after dark

Following is from Arkansas Watch Blogspot

http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_arkansaswatch_archive.html

Livestock Tracking Proposal- Big Brother Comes to Animal Farm!
When I first heard this one I thought that it must be a hoax, but it checks out. Republican Congressman Peter King has a bill before Congress that will mandate data collection on EVERY FARM ANIMAL go into a national database. The bill is HR 3170 though it has a couple of companion bills.

The cost of this program will be more than the cost of real "disease control" measures, which was the obstensible purpose of the bill. Here is an excerpt from the bill..

" (a) Establishment- There is established a board to be known as the `Livestock Identification Board'.

(b) Duties- The duties of the Board shall be to--

(1) establish and maintain an electronic livestock identification system that--

(A) is capable of tracing all livestock in the United States from the time of first movement of the livestock from its original premise to the time of slaughter of such livestock in less than 48 hours;

(B) tracks all relevant information about the livestock, including--

(i) the livestock identification number or the group or lot identification number for the livestock, as applicable;

(ii) the date the livestock identification number or the group or lot identification number was assigned;

(iii) the premise identification number;

(iv) the species of the livestock;

(v) the date of birth of the livestock, to the extent possible;

(vi) the sex of the livestock;

(vii) any other information the Board considers appropriate for animal disease surveillance; and

(viii) any other information that the person who owns or controls the livestock voluntarily submits to the Board;

(2) maintain information obtained through the livestock identification system in a centralized data system; and

(3) determine the official identification technology to be used to track animals under the livestock identification system."


The "technology" they are talking about can only be something like an RFID chip. This program is supposedly already being tested on some farms. As nutty as it sounds, this one might pass unless we ask our Congressmen to vote it down.

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7:21 PM, July 05, 2006  
Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

Following is the flyer for the meeting mentioned in last post:

ARKANSAS ANIMAL PRODUCER’S ASSOCIATION

ANIMAL OWNERS WORKING TOGETHER

Are you concerned about how the proposed USDA guidelines for Farm Premises Identification and the National Animal Identification System
will affect your right to own and rear animals traditionally?

You are invited to discuss these proposed guidelines and join together with other concerned animal owners in Arkansas who want to preserve their rights to rear and market healthy animals
as we have done successfully for hundreds of years.

WHERE: Conway, Arkansas, at Agora at 705 E. Siebenmorgen
WHEN: July 9, 2006 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


THIS MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT MEETING YOU EVER ATTEND!

Joel Gill from Pickens, Mississippi, who represents R-CALF USA, will be the featured speaker. He will discuss issues that will significantly impact the future of the livestock industry in Arkansas and the nation, including animal ID, country of origin labeling, free trade agreements, and what you as an independent animal producer can do to affect the outcome of each. ARAPA membership will be opened and members will vote on the By Laws and then elect the Board of Directors with Representatives elected from each animal group having a minimum of 10 ARAPA members. Animal groups are cattle/bison, swine, poultry, equines, llamas, alpacas, deer/elk, sheep, goats, and exotics. A sale barn Representative and veterinarian Representative will also be elected.

Arkansas regulations have not yet been written. ARAPA can affect the writing of these regulations and present legislation to the General Assembly that will protect the rights of all animal owners for this generation and for generations to come.

THE FUTURE OF ANIMAL OWNERSHIP AND MARKETING IN ARKANSAS DEPENDS ON YOU!

Agora can be reached by taking Exit 127 from I 40 and traveling east on Oak Street. Turn left onto Museum Road. At the stop sign turn left onto Siebenmorgen Road. Agora will be on your left.

http://arkansasanimalproducers.8k.com Email: arapa2@lycos.com Phone: 479-299-4334 (after dark)

7:23 PM, July 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that this type of bill will kill the small farmer as a viable part of the food producing chain.

10:11 PM, July 06, 2006  
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