I have written here before about NAIS (National Animal Identification System), the insidious plan by the federal bureaucracy and “Big Ag” to microchip every farm (and probably every domestic) animal in the country. It seems to still be rolling on, virtually unopposed, except by some small breeders, organic farmers etc., but virtually everyone who checks into it is horrified. Now Vermont farmer- blogger Walter Jeffries, who writes from Sugar Mountain Farm, has started a new blog called “NoNAIS” dedicated to stopping it.
This is an issue you think would arouse every civil libertarian, traditional conservative, fan of Michael Pollan, and back- to- the- lander, or even the yuppies who buy at Whole Foods– where are they?
“They are snaring homesteaders by including even livestock you might keep for your own consumption. The government is implementing huge “non- compliance” fines if you don’t report your backyard flock of chickens, your summer feeder pig, your lawn mowing sheep, etc. This will take away your right to raise your own source of eggs, meat, and wool.
“They are including animals that are not in the food supply such as pets like horses, llamas, etc that are not used for consumption.
“Under the plan every animal must be identified. Any births, deaths, or movements on or off the farm will be required to be logged and reported to the government. If you take your sheep to a show you will have to track their location and submit paperwork to the government. If you go on a trail ride with your horse you will have to report that to the government. If your pig has piglets you’ll have to report that and then if some of those piglets die or you eat one you’ll have to report that.”
And now the government has a NEW plan. This AP story details how the same USDA that wants to bring you NAIS wants to import Chinese poultry. ” The Agriculture Department is seeking to allow importing of poultry processed in China, where thousands of birds and several people have died from bird flu….. The Agriculture Department proposed the rule, with no announcement, on Nov. 23. The period during which it accepted comments on the proposal ended Monday. The rule still must be finalized before it takes effect.”
You can’t make these things up… one of ther easons that the USDA gives for NAIS is to control bird flu, which is about to join “the children” and “cruelty” in the list of the top five excuses to take our liberty away. Please “read the whole thing”, cross- post, and spread the info. I haven’t even scratched the surface here..
Maybe it’s time to move to Russia?? (See below).
Update: a friend and neighbor, rancher Jim Nance, adds the following:
“We have been campaigning against this from the start.
“It is so the large packers will have no liability in any kind of food scare. It will put small producers out of business.
“The funny thing is that the same companies that want the animal IDs are fighting against Country of Origin Labeling. So they could trace an animal back to my ranch, but have no information at all on the thousands of cattle from Mexico and further south!”