The USDA listening session about the proposed National Animal Identification System is this Thursday, June 25 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street in Raleigh, NC. The session will last from 8:00am-4:00pm.

You can Pre-register online: Send an email to NAISSessions@aphis.usda.gov  In the subject line of the e-mail, indicate your name (or organization name) and the location of the meeting you plan to attend. If you wish to present public comments, include your name and address in the body of the message. Pre-register by Phone: call 301-734-0799 or Register the day of the meeting, beginng on-site at 8 am.  

Here is a video clip from the Texas listening session:

Here is a video clip from Missouri and SD sessions:

Here are some things you need to know regarding the NAIS program from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA). Be sure to visit their website for more comprehensive information regarding the NAIS.

If the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is made mandatory, anyone who owns even one horse, chicken, cow, pig, sheep, goat, or any other livestock or exotic, will have to:

  •        Register their property with the state and federal government;
  •        Identify each animal, in most cases with electronic identification;
  •        Report “events” to a government-accessible database within 24 hours, including every dead or missing animal, private sales, and regional shows.

 NAIS will:

  •        Burden farmers and ranchers with high costs and paperwork, driving local farms out of business and raising the cost of food
  •        Violate our constitutional rights, including freedom of religion & right to privacy
  •        Reduce the availability of local, organic, and grass-fed foods
  •        Interfere with the enjoyment of our horses and other pets

NAIS will NOT make food safer since most food-borne illnesses, such as e coli and salmonella, are due to food processing and handling practices, not live animals.

 NAIS will NOT protect us against theft or bioterrorism. The proposed microchips are easily reprogrammed.  Large databases are easy targets for criminals.

If you cannot attend the session be sure to leave your comment on-line here.

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