CROWD BOOS GOVERNMENT SPEAKER
Should you be unfamiliar with Animal ID, Doreen Hannes, one of the speakers at the Conway meeting explains it this way:
"The NAIS (National Animal Identification System), the shortest explanation that can be given of the proposed system is that anyone who has any type of livestock, say two chickens, will have to register their property, complete with global positioning satellite coordinates, microchip their chickens with an NAIS ISO11785 compliant chip, and report within 24 hours if said chickens ever leave the property, hatch out chicks (another chip required), go to the vet, or die. No kidding . It will require you to mark your animal in order to be able to buy and sell" 1 Any violation such as failing to report transfer of the animals could result in $1,000 fine or more for each incident. 2
Another opponent of animal ID describes it this way: "The NAIS would actually subject the owner of a horse [or any other animal] to far more surveillance than the owner of a gun. You can freely take a shotgun to your neighbor’s property, but if your children ride their ponies there, that will have to be registered with the government." 3
Jane Williams, founder of ARAPA, Arkansas Animal Producer's Association, who organized the meeting, told the large crowd of 300 or more assembled in Conway on July 9, 2006. "The proposed USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) guidelines, published April 25, 2005, would prohibit an animal owner from taking an animal off of the owner's land unless that owner filed an application with the USDA for a FPI and then attached or injected an identification device in or on the animal on the farm or at a tagging facility." This information is included in her written "Testimony Submitted at the request of Senator Lincoln to the US Committee on Agriculture." 4
The highlight of this meeting, opposing animal ID at Conway July 9, 06, and certainly the most intense, was when Phil Wyrick, the government representative spoke. He basically tried to placate the audience and convince them he was one of them and that the government was there to help them. (He was wearing his cowboy hat while he spoke.) About 5 minutes into his presentation he stated the USDA (United States Department of Education), who is responsible for this ID plan, was not their enemy. At this point the crowd of about 300 revolted and erupted as the "Boston Tea Party" spirit overtook the crowd. They booed and yelled questions at him.
When Wyrick continued to try to speak, other comments were yelled out to him pointing out that the things he was saying did not align with the NAIS draft. It was evident that he was not getting anywhere with the crowd. They were too informed and too angry for him to have a chance with them. Wyrick is executive director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, a state agency that regulates livestock producers.
These people didn't accept for a minute this "government expert" propaganda for truth like so many legislators and others have done and are doing. They had studied the facts, had the documents on hand, knew the page numbers for reference, and knew the material better than the government expert and knew how to confront him –and confront him they did! After all, their very livelihood and freedom were at stake!
Doreen Hannes from Missouri with Liberty Ark Coalition followed Wyrick. She was passionate, focused, and indignant over the intrusive and destructive plan the government is trying to impose upon US citizens. She was articulate, blunt, and to the point. She informed Wyrick that it really didn't matter what he had to say – because when you deal with the government, it is the written rules and regulations that must be followed; and federal regulations trump state regulations and law. Then she pointed out some of those rules and regulations in the NAIS guidelines that are contrary to what Arkansans are being told. She asked how many had read the guidelines. Many in the crowd had. She held up the NAIS guidelines and asked Wyrick point blank if he had read them. He answered, " No, there are too many big words in it."
Hannes pointed out that the NAIS draft guidelines say the animal ID program will be mandatory on page 10 while people in Arkansans are being told it is voluntary and other falsehoods. She stated that once the federal plan is in place, the state plan will have little relevance. (Research confirms that the National Animal Identification System, State-Federal-Industry Draft Strategic Plan 2005-2009, does indeed say under the heading "Transition from Voluntary to Mandatory, Phased In Approach , "January 2009 – "The animal tracking component will become mandatory." p. 10. On page 9 the guidelines reads, " USDA will follow the normal rulemaking process in changing the status of NAIS from voluntary to mandatory.) 5 Link to these guidelines: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/about/pdf/ NAIS_Draft_Strategic_Plan_42505.pdf
"NAIS was spawned by international entanglements," Hannes explained, "not by consumers and the need for protection from diseases as the public is being led to believe." She explained that we are now complying with the international mandates imposed by treaties that are violating our own constitution. WTO, SPS, TBT, FAO, Codex, and OIE (and how they interrelate with NAIS and the United Nations) were some of the acronyms and organizations she briefly discussed. 6
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