December 21, 2006

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Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. Many thanks to Mike York of OTW Comics for sharing this holiday belly laugh that reminds us we need to tackle NAIS in 2007. This USDA sponsored program is poised to require RFID-tagging of all livestock, many animals we keep as pets--and, yes, even reindeer.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and an item-level-RFID-free New Year!

- Liz McIntyre

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October 27, 2006

Texas counties sign anti-NAIS resolutions

texas-road-sign.jpgDon't mess with Texas! I've said many times since 1999 when I first started CASPIAN that Texans are some of the most ornery, feisty, freedom-loving individuals in the country. And I love 'em to death.

The latest battle to hit Texas involves resistance to a Big Brother scheme to tag, number, and monitor every chicken, cow, and goat in America under the USDA's National Animal Information System (NAIS). The plan involves identifying all premises with livestock and registering them in a federal database. ("The first step in implementing the NAIS is registering each premises in the United States and assigning that location its own unique identification number," is how the USDA puts it.)

When NAIS becomes mandatory, if you own a food animal or a horse you will also be required to number it with an RFID tag or other numbering system and register it with the federal government. Then you'll have just 24 hours to report the birth, death, slaughter, transport, or sale of each and every animal -- or face huge fines.

That's the background, and it looked like the scheme was moving forward in Texas when state legislators agreed to comply last year. But the people who cooked this up didn't count on fierce resistance from Texas ranchers and small farmers. There's been a lot of hollerin' in Texas over this, and yesterday two Texas counties, Bandera County and Blanco County, signed anti-NAIS resolutions. The anti-NAIS farmers even got front page coverage in the Bandera Bulletin newspaper with a headline reading "Ranchers Prepare for a Revolution."

For those wanting more information on NAIS, click the extended entry below for links to the regulations, commentary, groups you can join, and various legislative efforts related to NAIS.

- Katherine Albrecht

Further resources on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)

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USDA NAIS website
http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml

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Yale-educated attorney Mary Zanoni's comments on NAIS
(Includes discussion of its constitutionality and enforceability)
http://www.organicconsumers.org/ofgu/ID060202.cfm

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Clearinghouse for NAIS opposition
Run by Vermont farmer Walter Jeffries
http://nonais.org/

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Farm and Ranch Freedom Association
Texas group opposing NAIS nationwide
http://www.farmandranchfreedom.org./

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Tennessee legislation to prevent the state from participating in NAIS
http://www.spychips.com/blog/2006/03/tennessee_members_help_stop_an.html

See full text of the bill and actions taken to date here:
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/

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Texas legislation related to NAIS

First the bad news:

The Texas Legislature passed HB 1361 in 2005 authorizing the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to "develop and implement an animal identification system consistent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Identification System (NAIS)."

HB 1361
Signed into law 5/05, Effective 9/05
Text here:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/79R/billtext/html/HB01361F.htm

Then the good news:

TEXAS HB 47 would amend the statute making it voluntary, not mandatory

HB 47: Relating to prohibiting mandatory participation in an animal
identification system
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=793&Bill=HB47

Bill text:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/793/billtext/html/HB00047I.htm

Would repeal this section of the agriculture code:
http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/AG/content/htm/ag.006.00.000161.00.htm#161.056.00

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Posted by Katherine Albrecht at 4:41 PM | Comments (1)

September 8, 2006

Robert Scott Bell interviews Congressional Candidate Michael Badnarik and Me about RFID

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Robert Scott Bell will be interviewing me and Congressional Candidate Michael Badnarik about RFID chips, national REAL ID, and NAIS Sunday, September 10, 2006 somewhere between 2 PM and 3 PM Eastern Time.

Each week Robert Scott Bell empowers his listeners with healing principles that can aid in physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, economic and, yes, even political healing! Robert Scott Bell tackles the tough issues and shows no fear when confronting government and corporate bullies who would stand in the way of health freedom.
The Robert Scott Bell Radio Show website: http://rsbell.com/radio/index.php

Michael Badnarik is the Libertarian candidate for Texas Congressional District 10 and author of "Good To Be King: The Foundation of Our Constitutional Freedom." In 2004 he won the nomination as the Libertarian presidential candidate and was on the ballot in 48 states and the District of Columbia. He received over 400,000 votes in the general election.
Michael Badnarik's website: http://www.badnarik.org/

The Robert Scott Bell Show is syndicated by the Talk Radio Network to over 90 radio stations across the country, and Bell's programs are archived at his website so members can listen on demand.

- Liz McIntyre

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June 10, 2006

Arkansas joins the fight against NAIS

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Arkansas has launched a "stop NAIS (Nat'l Animal ID System) program" with meetings in Fayetteville on 7-1-06, and in Conway on 7-9-06.

You go, Arkansas!

-Katherine Albrecht

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March 17, 2006

Tennessee members: Help stop animal chipping!

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Way to go, Tennessee rebels! If you are lucky enough to be in Tennessee, please call and write your state lawmakers and ask them to support this bill to prevent TN from participating in a system to require all farm animals to be chipped, numbered, and monitored:

SENATE BILL 3258, By Burchett // HOUSE BILL 3297, By Niceley

"Section 44-7-501. At no time shall department of agriculture funds or any other state funds be appropriated to effectuate the implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)."


Who is my (TN) state senator?

Who is my (TN) state representative?

See extended entry below for the full text of this bill. (It's easy to read and very informative.)

-Katherine Albrecht

HB3297
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Filed for intro on 02/22/2006

SENATE BILL 3258
By Burchett

HOUSE BILL 3297
By Niceley

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 44, Chapter 7, relative to animal identification.

WHEREAS, by January 2008 the final rule requiring premises registration and animal identification as defined under National Animal Identification System (NAIS) program standards will become effective; and

WHEREAS, the NAIS target date for the required reporting of defined animal movements, and for making the entire NAIS program mandatory is January, 2009; and

WHEREAS, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the NAIS program is to register every farm animal (including non-food animals such as horses) in a centralized government database; and

WHEREAS, NAIS will require micro-chipping of each animal at the expense of the owner, and a premises identification for every farm, which will be linked to a satellite photo and Global Positioning System record; and

WHEREAS, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), composed primarily of large corporate producers and the makers and producers of animal identification equipment, lobbied the USDA to create the NAIS to supposedly protect U.S. citizens and their animals from disease; and

WHEREAS, in April 2002 a task force composed of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and over 30 livestock organizations played a central role in creating the animal identification system, while small-scale farmers involved in animal husbandry and animal hobbyists were not represented; and

WHEREAS, once the NAIS becomes law, farmers will be forced to pay fees to register their farms and their animals; and

WHEREAS, farmers will also be forced to report the birth, death, loss of identification device, sale, and/or movement of any animal in their possession to the National Animal Records Repository within a short time of each occurrence; and

WHEREAS, this provision also requires farmers to report to the National Animal Records Repository when an animal they own attends a livestock show, participates in a trail ride, is transported to another farm for stud service, or takes part in a community parade; and

WHEREAS, the NAIS requirements have already proven to be unduly burdensome on the farmers of this state, and will become even more problematic for our farmers upon the final implantation of the system; now, therefore

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 44, Chapter 7, is amended by adding the following as a new, appropriately designated part:

Section 44-7-501. At no time shall department of agriculture funds or any other state funds be appropriated to effectuate the implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.

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