I just received this email this afternoon and I'm enclosing the entire contents below. Remember, NO NAIS! Not now, not ever! Stephanie Dear All, The moment weve been waiting for is at hand: the moment to hammer a nail in the head of NAIS in Tennessee. The House Ag Committee will vote on Frank Niceleys bill HB 976 this coming Tuesday, May 1, 2007. His bill would forbid any state funds to be spent on any animal identification system unless it is voluntary. Last week, the Ag Committee heard debate on this bill and amended it in acceptable ways. As the bill now reads, it provides that no state funds may be used for anything but a voluntary system and that a mandatory system can only be put in place on a Federal level. This coming week it is number one on the Ag Committee agenda. On the Federal level, mandatory animal ID has failed and is failing for a variety of reasons. We believe that a voluntary NAIS will fail because of high costs. Already, pro-NAIS forces in Tennessee have been brought to confusion and shame of face. What do we need now? Please call the members of the Ag Committee, at the very least, Steve McDaniel, Johnny Shaw, and Bill Dunn. All the contact info for the Ag Committee members is below. If you contact Rep. Litz, be sure to thank him for his cooperation so far. Please remember that telephone calls have the greatest impact. Ask to speak to the representative himself. If you just cannot call, then fax. If you cant fax, then e-mail, but remember that one call is worth a thousand e-mails. Heres what to say to them, in your own words. If you are ugly, shout or scream, curse, etc., you will hurt our cause. Rather, be polite but forceful, and know in advance what you are going to say so that you can keep it short and too the point. 1. Tell him that you oppose the National Animal Identification system, and especially making it mandatory. 2. Tell him that you are in favour of Representative Frank Niceleys bill No. 0976 to forbid any state funds being used for anything except a voluntary animal identification system. 3. Ask him to vote FOR Representative Niceleys bill No. 0976 when the Agriculture Committee votes on Tuesday. We have fought our way down a long, dusty road fighting NAIS. Please, when we stand this close to victory, dont let up. Make those calls. Send those faxes and e-mails. Circulate this email as widely as you can. And pray God for victory. NO NAIS! Not now, not ever! Franklin and Justin Sanders Dogwood Mudhole, Tennessee Finally, we want to make sure you want our emails. To sign up for future emails, please go to: http://farmersandfreeholders.org/wp-admin For more NAIS info, check out also www.naistruth.com Members of the House Agriculture Committee: Sam Stratton Bone, Jr., Chairman [email protected] 23 Legislative Plaza Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0146 (615) 741-7086 Fax (615) 741-2405 Willie Borchert, Vice Chair [email protected] 23 Legislative Plaza Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0175 (615) 741-6804 Fax (615) 741-2405 Robert T. Bibb, Secretary [email protected] 23 Legislative Plaza Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0166 (615) 741-3979 Fax (615) 741-2405 William A. Baird [email protected] 202 War Memorial Building Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0136 (615) 741-3335 Fax (615) 253-0230 Eddie Bass [email protected] 109 War Memorial Building Nashville, 37243-0165 (615) 741-1864 Fax (615) 253-0228 Mike Bell [email protected] 110 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0123 (615) 741-1946 Fax (615) 253-0209 Chris Crider [email protected] 106 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0179 (615) 741-7478 Fax (615) 741-8739 Bill Dunn [email protected] 110 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0116 (615) 741-1721 Fax (615) 741-0704 Robert Dale Ford [email protected] 212 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0106 (615) 741-1717 Fax (615) 532-8221 Delores Gresham [email protected] 202A War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0194 (615) 741-6890 Fax (901) 465-6330 John Litz [email protected] 17 Legislative Plaza Nashville 37243-0110 615) 741-6877 Fax (615) 741-1041 Ron Lollar [email protected] 209 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0199 (615) 741-7084 Fax (615) 253-0322 Steve McDaniel [email protected] 115 War Memorial building Nashville 37243-0172 (615) 741-0750 Fax (615) 253-0214 Johnny Shaw [email protected] 33 Legislative Plaza Nashville 37243-0180 (615) 741-4538 Fax (615) 741-1446 Eric Swafford [email protected] 202 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0125 (615) 741-2343 Fax (615) 253-0230 John Mark Windle [email protected] 108 War Memorial building Nashville 37243-0141 (615) 741-1260 Fax (615) 253-0328 Senate Commerce, Labor, & Agriculture Committee Steve Southerland, Chair [email protected] 318 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0201 (615) 741-3851 Fax (615) 741-7200 Paul Stanley, Vice Chair [email protected] 302 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0031 (615) 741-3036 Fax (615) 253-0266 Charlotte Burks, Secretary [email protected] 9 Legislative Plaza Nashville 37243-0215 (615) 741-3978 Fax 615) 741-8744 Mae Beavers [email protected] 308 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0127 (615) 741-2421 Fax (615) 253-0205 Dewayne Bunch [email protected] 312 War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0209 (615) 741-3730 Fax (615) 253-0243 Tim Burchett [email protected] 310A War Memorial Building Nashville 37243-0207 (615) 741-1766 Fax (615) 741-7200 Ward Crutchfield [email protected] 13 Legislative Plaza Nashville 37243-0210 (615) 741-6682 Fax (615) 741-2886 Reginald Tate [email protected] 11A Legislative Plaza Nashville 37243-0033 (615) 741-2509 Fax 6156) 253-0167 John S. Wilder [email protected] 2 Legislative Plaza Nashville 37243-0026 (615) 741-2368 Fax (615) 253-0211 Talking points for calls: * NAIS will hurt Tennessee's economy: o There has been no analysis at federal or state level that establishes the costs or benefits of NAIS. o Costs of the program include the cost of the tags, hardware, software, time and labor o Many small farmer and ranchers cannot afford these costs o Service providers (veterinarians, feed stores, auction houses, meat processors, etc.) will be harmed when the farmers and ranchers go out of business. o Remaining farmers will pass the costs on to consumers, lowering demand for local foods * Neither the USDA nor the TDA has scientific proof that NAIS will improve disease control: o It does not address the cause, treatment, or transmission of disease, in domestic or wild animals. o It does not significantly improve on current methods for identification and tracking of disease. * NAIS is not necessary for the market. Age- and source-verification is already available through the USDA's Process Verified Program * NAIS will not improve food safety o USDA itself has stated that this is not a food safety program o Contamination of food with e. coli and other bacteria occurs at the slaughterhouse or afterwards, while NAIS will stop before that point. * NAIS will not protect against terrorism. o The microchips chosen by the state can be cloned, destroyed, or infected with computer viruses, and reprogrammed. Any terrorist or thief can use this. o The database of information, created by TDA and available to USDA, will provide a target for hackers. * NAIS infringes on people's constitutional rights, including due process, privacy, and religious freedom. *NAIS unfairly attacks the rights of pet owners and those who raise animals as food for their family. * USDA states that NAIS is voluntary at the federal level, so there is no "federal mandate" requiring Tennessee to implement this program * Other states are also rejecting or limiting NAIS, so Tennessee will not be disadvantaged by refusing to participate. * Please support bills to stop NAIS from being implemented in Tennessee.