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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

If it is so great, why hasn't he signed up?

According to the LA Times, President Bush has not registered his Crawford, Texas, ranch or the eight head of cattle he keeps, according to a White House spokesman.

This is a fairy tale that this technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain. Anyone who tells you otherwise either doesn't know what they're talking about, or they're not being honest."
Washington Post, January 16, 2008)
Donald Coover, a Galesburg, KS cattleman and veterinarian who operates a specialty cattle semen business, saying meat from the offspring of cloned bulls has been available at your corner grocery store for a long time.

I could care less about a 48-hour tracking ability - the traceability with the National Animal Identification System is only 40 percent. I care more about identifying where the critters are. Hobby farms have to be included in the control area.”
(Source: The Prairie Star,
January 18, 2008)
Dr. Steve VanWie of Wisconsin

More interesting quotes can be found here at Cattle Network

The Agriculture Gestapo by Kurt Michael Friese Compares registering guns to registering goats.

Tuesday, January 15 2008

Digital Angel, majority owner of well-known RFID chip maker VeriChip Corp., has acquired a new company that'll help it boost its livestock contracts.

Geissler Technologies Corporation, a developer of next-generation electronic ID and imaging technology for animals, will be incorporated into Digital Angel's existing animal-applications business. Continues>>>>

An email I recieved:

USDA plans to use breed associations to force NAIS registrations, beginning as early as March 2008, less than two months from now. USDA's Business Plan calls for breed registries to start using an official Animal Identification Number, or "AIN" in their registry. And since you must first register your property in NAIS before you can obtain an AIN, this could effectively implement the first two stages of NAIS for anyone in those registries!

The breed registries for cattle, horses, sheep, and goats are potential targets, but the Plan does not indicate which breed registries have agreed to implement NAIS.

Take Action: Contact your breed association or other livestock registry and find out if it will be implementing USDA's Plan.

Ask the registry:

  • Do you plan to require members to use the USDA's 15-digit Animal Identification Number (AIN) to enter or maintain animals in your registry?
  • Do you plan to require members to use the State's or USDA's premises registration system in order to obtain a breed registration number?
  • Can you please confirm the registry's intentions in writing?

Tell them that you do not want them to be a tool for implementing the government's plan for NAIS!

Next Steps:

  • If they plan to force their members into NAIS, consider finding another association to meet your needs if possible. If you do leave your association, be sure to tell them why.
  • Spread the word! If you find out that your breed association plans to force NAIS on its members, tell all the people you know who are in that association or considering joining. Post to the online groups that focus on your type of animal. Let people know how the association is working against the best interests of its members.
  • Email us to let us know what your breed association says. We'll post a list of organizations that are requiring NAIS and those that aren't.

The USDA published its Business Plan in December of last year. You can download the Plan at http://farmandranch content/Governme nt-documents. The Plan sets aggressive targets for implementation of NAIS. One of the strategies for achieving those goals is "harmonization" among various systems that already use individual identification. Harmonization involves changing the existing programs so they use the NAIS-compliant Animal Identification Numbers (AIN's). (Plan, pp.28-29).

As part of its harmonization strategy, USDA lists having breed registries begin using NAIS AIN's in March 2008, less than two months from now. (Plan, p.52). The AIN is a 15-digit internationally unique identification number. It starts with "840" which identifies the animal as coming from the US. (Plan, p.30). In order to get an AIN under NAIS, you have to register your property ("premises registration" under the NAIS plan). The legal effect of this registration is unknown, because there has been nothing like it before - permanent federal registration of citizens' property, linked to an issue (animal ownership) that carries potential liabilities.

With this harmonization strategy, USDA plans to use our private associations to force livestock, poultry, and horse owners to register their property and tag their animals under a government program, despite the continued protests of animal owners across the country.


Meg said...

Lovely. I wouldn't be surprised if they start taking my name and address when we go to by chicken feed, like they do with batteries at radio shack. And this is barely in the mainstream media at all. Most people have probably never heard of NAIS, or if they have, they don't know why they should care.

lisa said...

No surprise the president isn't there's some loophole for him!

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