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Feb. 28th, 2006

10:16 pm - Mark of the Beasts

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The National Animal ID program was originally designed to give the big beef producers help in getting export markets which required disease controls. The idea is that every single livestock animal in the United States will be identified and tagged. All livestock animal movements will be tracked, logged and reported to the government. The benefit is to the big factory farms who probably do need this type of regulation. They get to do single ID’s for large groups of animals. Small farmers, pet owners and homesteaders will have to tag and track every single animal.

There are no exceptions - even small farms that sell direct to local consumers will be required to pay the fees and file all the paper work on all their animals. Even horse, llama and other pet owners will be required to participate in NAIS. Homesteaders who raise their own meat and grandma with her one egg hen will also have to register their homes as ‘farm premises’ and obtain a Premise ID, tag all their animals and submit all the paperwork and fees. Absurd? Yes - There are no exceptions under the current NAIS plan. The USDA has slipped this plan in the back door without any legislation. This is going to be very expensive and guess who is going to pay for it in higher food prices… You!

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)

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another great benifit of big government is how much more it is easier to screw us with more rules and regulations. just like the no smoking in public places crap imposed, along with eminent domain abuse; be a wonder just how bloody the revolution be when we all trim eccessive government permantly. Wilflower 06

oh wait till your newborns get tagged too!
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From:radiantsun
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
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That is the only compelling reason I know of to go vegetarian, or, at least cut back on meat.
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From:pubwvj
Date:March 2nd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From the document:

http://nonais.org/sampleflyers/NoNAISHandout2up.pdf

Vegetarians & Gardeners? Virtually all of the animal manures used to grow quality vegetables, especially organic ones, come from small farms. Suiteable manure is already in short supply. You do not want to grow organic or healthy vegetables in the contaminated septic output from factory farms with their antibiotic, chemical wormers and arsenic laced feeds. As small farms are lost, the price of manure will increase raising vegetable prices for everyone.

-Walter
http://NoNAIS.org
http://SugarMtnFarm.com/blog/
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From:greendalek
Date:March 1st, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)

View from the rural-dwelling Vermonter surrounded by farms...

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Somehow I expect this'll be one of those laws that is widely ignored at the local level. I just can't see Grandma or the local dairy farm paying much attention to this regulation, and I can't see a lot of local clerk's offices or co-ops expending a whole lot of effort enforcing it --probably nothing more than a dutifully-filed monthly report to USDA saying "Yeah, everyone around here's in compliance, thanks for asking."

Besides, how will it look when a bunch of black-armored psychotic FedGoons storm Grandma's cottage for failure to file paperwork on her hen? How on earth can even the most obstinate state-worshipper possibly give that a positive spin for the six o'clock news?
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From:gentlemaitresse
Date:March 1st, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)

Re: View from the rural-dwelling Vermonter surrounded by farms...

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You underestimate how seriously the USDA folks at the local extension offices take their jobs. At least around here.

:-(

I intend to refuse. Let them come haul me off so I can make a big statement in the media about this. I think most people are completely unaware of this legislation. Of course, I may find that most of them simply don't care.
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From:pentomino
Date:March 1st, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)

Re: View from the rural-dwelling Vermonter surrounded by farms...

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They could sell it as one of those crazy gun-toting separatist standoffs like those that were in vogue in the 90's.
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