Saturday, July 08, 2006

Why You Should Oppose Animal ID Plan by NAIS & USDA

"No tag will ever control or prevent disease"
See last paragraph for this issue.

For several years, the USDA has been working with the largest-scale animal industry organizations (for example, the National Pork Producers, Monsanto Co. and Cargill Meat) to develop a mandatory "National Animal Identification System (NAIS). However, most small scale livestock producers, people who raise animals for their own food, and people who keep horses or livestock as companion animals do not know about the USDA's plans.

The NAIS will

Drive small producers out of the market,
Will make people abandon raising animals for their own food,
Will invade Americans' personal privacy to a degree never before tolerated,
Will Violate the religious freedom of Americans whose beliefs make it impossible for them to comply,
And will erase the last vestiges of animal welfare from the production of animal foods.

The Negative Effects

Eradication of Small Farms - People with just a few meat animals or 40-cow dairies are already on the edge financially. The USDA plan will force many of them to give up farming.

Loss of the True Security of Organic and Local Foods - The NAIS is touted by the USDA and agricorporations as a way to make our food supply "secure" against diseases or terrorism. However, most people instinctively understand that real food security comes from raising food yourself or buying from a local farmer you actually know. The USDA plan will only kill off more local sources of production and further promote the giant industrial methods which cause many food safety and disease problems.

Extreme Damage to Personal Privacy - Legally, livestock animals are a form of personal property. It is unprecedented for the United States government to conduct large-scale computer-aided surveillance of its citizens simply because they own a common type of property. (The only exceptions are registration of motor vehicles and guns, due to their clear inherent dangers - but they are registered at the state level, not by the federal government.) The NAIS would actually subject the owner of a chicken to far more surveillance than the owner of a gun. Surveillance of small-scale livestock owners is like the government subjecting people to surveillance for owning a couch, a tv, a lawnmower. What about non-livestock animals? Will the government next want to register all cats, dogs and parakeets, and demand the global positioning coordinates of their owners' houses and apartments?

Insult to Animal Welfare - The NAIS is the ultimate objectification of higher, sensitive living creatures, treating individual animals as if they were cans of peas with a bar code. Many who raise their own animals or buy from small, local producers do so because they are very troubled by industrial-scale production of chickens, cattle and pigs. These people will be forced either to sacrifice their personal privacy to government surveillance, or to stop raising their own food by humane standards.

Burden on Religious Freedom - Many adherents of plain (and other) faiths raise their own food animals and use animals in farming and transportation because their beliefs require them to live this way. Such people obviously cannot comply with the USDA's computerized, technology-dependent system. The NAIS will force these people to violate their religious beliefs.
Information above comes from "Why you should oppose the USDA's mandatory property and animal surveillance program" by Mary Anon, ph.d (Cornell), j.d. (yale), executive director of farm for life Also on 2nd article

See this link for rest of article.

Remember the meeting tomorrow, July 9, 2006 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Conway, Arkansas, at Agora at 705 E. Siebenmorgen. 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.


Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

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6:13 PM, July 08, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

Just when I thought I would be more suitable to chicken ranching than politics. Guess I need to stay on top of the big boys and their Government buddies. Still gonna raise my chickens though.

7:05 PM, July 08, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

Its bad when my old rooster cant maintain his privacy in his own kingdom.

7:09 PM, July 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one more instance of the government trying to control our lives while trying to do it under the guise "for our own good."

6:16 PM, July 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever happened at the meeting?

10:59 AM, July 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:27 PM, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot! » » »

2:39 AM, February 05, 2007  

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