[Market-farming] [Fwd: [LH Stores] FW: Right to have chickens and small farm livestock threataned] I CAnt Believe This Post!!!

RLP2000 rlp2000 at swbell.net
Thu Sep 29 18:16:01 EDT 2005

I couldn't believe what I read in this post! Furthermore I can't believe
that every single person on this thread hasn't responded in a fury! I went
to the USDA website and confirmed this story....Our government has already
voted and begun implementation of a system called the NAIS: National Animal
Identification System whereby any animal you have on your property: chicken,
duck, pig, goat. cow or horse has to basically be bar coded with an
electronic surveillance device....furthermore if your animal dies, moves,
has a baby, is eaten, etc....you have 24 hrs to report to the proper
authorities.... IS this Nazi Germany or the US of A????

I can see where this may be helpful for the meat Market corporations of  the
country where with all of the mass production, inhumane treatment,
injections, etc that cause sick animals for public consumption, but for the
folks that don't want to be a part of that and want to raise their own
healthy food for their own use or their local community.....this is

We already have companies like Monsanto and Bechtel putting a patent on life
itself (seeds, water) whereby it becomes illegal for a farmer to save seed,
we all eat genetically modified plants (and animals??), 3rd world countries
are having all their water resources bought out by these corporate
behemoths, etc etc....It is now literally coming down to this: It is going
to be illegal to try to be self sufficient!!! If you have a small
sustainable farm you are now an outlaw for trying to live like our ancestors
have for thousands of years.....

I am really interested in hearing this groups thoughts on the subject. I
have been quietly reading  everyone's posts on this site for the last year
or so, and I would think that legislation of this nature would be quite
upsetting to many of you.

Robert Phipps
Tree of Life Farm, TX

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lucy Goodman" <goodows at infinet.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 2:13 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] [Fwd: [LH Stores] FW: Right to have chickens and
small farm livestock threataned]

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [LH Stores] FW: Right to have chickens and small farm livestock
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 11:02:28 -0400
From: Mike Hulbert - Anna Carter - Creation Soap <creationsoap at boone.net>
Reply-To: stores at lists.localharvest.org
Organization: creation soap
To: <stores at lists.localharvest.org>

Small farms are being threatened by proposed legislation! Check out this
website and contact your lawmakers right away to preserve your right to have
chickens, and all other small farm livestock.

Check out this website for more information   http://poultrypress.com/hobby/

Belos is one of the doc.s available to freely download on the site, this is

This is a lengthy document , go to the above website to read it in it's

Why You Should Oppose the USDA's Mandatory Property and Animal Surveillance
by Mary Zanoni, Ph.D. (Cornell), J.D. (Yale), Executive Director of Farm for
P.O. Box 501, Canton, New York 13617
Telephone:  315-265-2800 Email:   <mailto:mlz at slic.com> mlz at slic.com

Poultry fanciers and keepers of small flocks are facing a grave threat from
a proposed government intrusion into their innocent choice of pastimes and
way of life.
For several years, the USDA has been working with the largest-scale animal
industry organizations (for example, the National Pork Producers, Monsanto
Company, and Cargill Meat) to develop a mandatory "National Animal
Identification System" ("NAIS").
However, most small scale livestock producers, people who raise animals for
their own food, and people who keep horses or livestock as companion animals
do not know about the USDA's plans.
The NAIS will drive small producers out of the market, will make people
abandon raising animals for their own food, will invade Americans' personal
privacy to a degree never before tolerated, will violate the religious
freedom of Americans whose beliefs make it impossible for them to comply,
and will erase the last vestiges of animal welfare from the production of
animal foods.
The Problem
On April 25, 2005, the USDA released "Draft Program Standards" ("St.") and a
"Draft Strategic Plan" ("Plan") concerning the NAIS.  If you think the
description below sounds too bizarre to be true, please go to usda.gov/nais,
read the Standards and Plan, and check the citations.
By January 1, 2008, the NAIS will be mandatory.  (Plan, pp. 2, 10, 17.)
Every person who owns even one horse, cow, pig, chicken, sheep, pigeon, or
virtually any livestock animal, will be forced to register their home,
including owner's name, address, and telephone number, and keyed to Global
Positioning System coordinates for satellite monitoring, in a giant federal
database under a 7-digit "premises ID number."  (St., pp. 3-4, 10-12; Plan,
p. 5.)
Every animal will have to be assigned a 15-digit ID number, also to be kept
in a giant federal database.  The form of ID will most likely be a tag or
microchip containing a Radio Frequency Identification Device, designed to be
read from a distance.  (Plan, p. 10; St., pp. 6, 12, 20, 27-28.)  The plan
may also include collecting the DNA of every animal and/or a retinal scan of
every animal.  (Plan, p.13.)
The owner will be required to report:  the birthdate of an animal, the
application of every animal's ID tag, every time an animal leaves or enters
the property, every time an animal loses a tag, every time a tag is
replaced, the slaughter or death of an animal, or if any animal is missing.
Such events must be reported within 24 hours.  (St., pp. 12-13, 17-21.)
Third parties, such as veterinarians, will be required to report "sightings"
of animals.  (St., p. 25.)  In other words, if you call a vet to your
property to treat your horse, cow, or any other animal, and the vet finds
any animal without the mandatory 15-digit computer-readable ID, the vet may
be required to report you.
If you do not comply, the USDA will exercise "enforcement" against you.
(St., p. 7; Plan, p. 17.)  The USDA has not yet specified the nature of
"enforcement," but presumably it will include imposing fines and/or seizing
your animals.
There are no exceptions -- under the USDA plan, you will be forced to
register and report even if you raise animals only for your own food or keep
horses for draft or for transportation.
The Negative Effects
Eradication of Small Farms - People with just a few meat animals or 40-cow
dairies are already living on the edge financially.  The USDA plan will
force many of them to give up farming.
Loss of the True Security of Organic and Local Foods - The NAIS is touted by
the USDA and agricorporations as a way to make our food supply "secure"
against diseases or terrorism.  However, most people instinctively
understand that real food security comes from raising food yourself or
buying from a local farmer you actually know.  The USDA plan will only kill
off more local sources of production and further promote the giant
industrial methods which cause many food safety and disease problems.
Extreme Damage to Personal Privacy: and much more info on the docs available
at the above website!

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