GOVERNMENT WANTS JURISDICTION OVER ALL FARM ANIMALS!
“Farming is not much fun any more,” are the words we hear from agricultural producers across the nation. While organizations such as the Environmental Working Group are working against agriculture and falsely leading the public to believe government subsidies are making farmers rich, farmers are asking “how can we survive and how much more invasive can the government get?”
The government is already using space-based satellites to measure the crops on every farm in the country and now the United States Department of Agriculture has plans to give an Orwellian touch to owning any type of farm animal. Are we permitting fear to take away another freedom?
Whether you are a large commercial producer or your child has a single horse or chicken for a 4-H project, each animal must be registered with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and the premise where the animal is kept is to be identified in a national data base, according to the USDA. Read: Animal ID Rolls Ahead With Premises Registration.
USDA says that 25 percent of the premises are to be registered by April, 2006, and by July every state is to have an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection system in place. By January 2008, all premises and all animals are to be registered and by July of 2008 movement of all animals will be tracked. If this is not done by January of 2009, the consequences will be severe.
Animals that must be identified with a chip or identification mark will be cattle/bison, sheep, goats, swine, horses, poultry & birds, deer/elk, llamas and alpacas. Animal identification and premise registration is voluntary until 2009. After that date there will be a $1,000 per day fine for noncompliance.
“The USDA has no legal jurisdiction over your livestock,” G. B. Oliver of the Paragon Foundation told the radio audience on the Derry Brownfield Show. “While producers are thinking how they must comply or face a noncompliance fine of $1,000 per day, they should be questioning the legality of the USDA to impose this animal identification system in the first place.”
In Henry Lamb’s excellent article The Mark of the Beast, he said, “The stated purpose of the program is to enable government to trace, within 48 hours, the source of a faulty animal food product. The effect of the program is the transfer of the control of private property to the government - while forcing the property owner to pay the cost of the transfer.”
These mandates will probably put most small producers totally out of business as the requirements will be far too costly and time-consuming to be profitable. There will be such thing as having a few chickens, sheep, pigs, horses or any other animal unless you want the headache of compliance. Perhaps that is the real plan behind this extreme proposal.
Many producers rotate their livestock to pastures on more than one farm they own or rent. Each farm will be required to have an individual premise number and records will have to be kept on each animal each time it is moved. The cost and time of the record-keeping alone will be impossible for most.
While dogs and cats are not included in the NAIS mandate, many states are now passing extensive chipping, neutering, spaying and litter laws that are as extreme as the NAIS mandates.
If the purpose of all this tracking is to identify diseased animals, how will they handle the identification of deer and elk known to harbor Chronic Wasting Disease? Eating these animals would appear to be far more risky than eating domestically raised animals.
In the United States, we have known for quite some time that elk and deer are plagued with Chronic Wasting Disease, a near cousin to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow) in cows and Scrapies in sheep. We are told these diseases, although similar, are contained within their own species.
BSE in cows, Scrapies in sheep, CWD in deer and elk, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, are all a form of spongiform encephalopathy, which is a disease that destroys the brain and is always fatal.
Should we be concerned? Of course, we should--and we expect the USDA to inspect meat to be sold for consumption. But we need to be rational about how we address this problem and take into consideration the number of fatalities from this disease and how many cows in the United States have been found to have the mad cow disease before we cry “the sky is falling.”
Could this be more about control of property than concern about disease?
The following is what the government is requiring from animal owners: National Animal Identification website.
Various species' working groups have suggested that certain basic events will trigger the need for reporting animal movements (e.g., change of ownership, interstate movement, multiple owners commingling their animals, etc). Each location will have a Premises Identification Number (PIN), and the responsible party will report the AIN or GIN of all animals that arrive at that premises and the date of their arrival.
There are essentially four pieces of information required to document an animal movement event. The table below shows the four pieces of information that will be stored in a national animal records repository:
The following table shows the 12 pieces of information that will be stored in a -national premises system.
An anti-NAIS grassroots group states that “while NAIS’s purported goal of disease containment appears to be beneficial, the requirement for American citizens to register privately-owned property for tracking and monitoring purposes has very serious implications on our privacy rights and freedoms.
Sources say the Avian flu virus comes from direct contact with the bird and to date it has not mutated from human to human unless it has been done in a laboratory experiment. How many cases have been reported in the United States? Yet the past few months we have seen nothing but hype about the “bird flu” and the need for a vaccine.
Perhaps we should follow the money trail and we might see why these programs are so attractive.
Consider the dollars to the pharmaceutical companies in providing a vaccine for the Avian flu. “The U.S. Senate has already approved a $3.9 billion package to buy vaccines and antiviral medications, and the Administration is also preparing a request for an additional $6 billion to $10 billion," according to a current Business Week and reported by Dr. Len Horowitz.
Missouri resident Doreen Hannes has been researching the funding for NAIS and found the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 is a major funder for the development of the NAIS plan. She reports the Act gave $380 million to develop the NAIS plan. A USDA veterinarian told Hannes he predicted the plan would cost the taxpayers $33 billion to implement. This would not include the cost of continuation and cost to individuals raising the animals.
The states will jump at the $14.3 million in grant money available to them. "WASHINGTON, June 21, 2005-Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that USDA will be accepting funding applications from state and tribal governments to continue registering premises for the national animal identification system (NAIS). Approximately $14.3 million will be available to state and tribal cooperators."
This whole scenario is a reminder of Henny Penny when the acorn fell on her head.
"THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!" cries Henny Penny. "I must run and tell the king." Off she runs to tell the king and along the way she picks up her friends.
They meet Foxy Loxy. He says: "Where are you going Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurky?" When Henny Penny tells him where they are going and why, he says: "Ah, but this is not the way to the palace. Follow me. I will show you."
we are forced to comply with the USDA mandates of putting an identification
such as the RFID chip in each animal and identifying each premise,
there will be no Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey
or Turkey Lurky, as Foxy Loxy will have made certain the farm is no
place for them!
© 2006 Joyce Morrison
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Joyce Morrison is a weekly columnist and news reporter for the Illinoisleader.com, an online conservative news source. She also writes for SOWER magazine, NewsWithViews.com, as well as various other publications. She is a weekly participant on the teleconference of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank and is a pro-life, pro-family activist.
Morrison attempts to educate the public regarding the dangers coming to their local communities through Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 programs which are designed to gradually take control of all private property through undue regulations.
She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston, MO. FarmersRuralRestoration.com. Her most enjoyable time is spent teaching a senior adult Sunday School class which is a focus on hope and encouragement.
These mandates will probably put most small producers totally out of business as the requirements will be far too costly and time-consuming to be profitable.