Times running out!!***NAIS Alert**** consumers and taxpayers needed!!!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by wilds of pa, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    This came into my email today..use it to your benefit..you can read the comments right under the proposal, there are 6 pages so far..
    Charlie


    NAIS Alert - Comments Urgently Needed

    Animal owners, consumers and taxpayers:
    NAIS ALERT!
    Protect your right to farm and the food supply!
    The USDA has proposed a rule to mandate premises registration under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for existing disease control programs. The draft rule covers programs for cattle, sheep, goats, and swine, but it sets the stage for the entire NAIS program to be mandated for everyone.

    It is critical that the USDA and Congress hear from the hundreds of thousands of people who will be adversely affected by the NAIS program. This includes anyone who owns even one livestock animal (including a single chicken or a horse), as well as consumers who care about local and sustainable foods, taxpayers who object to wasteful government programs, and advocates for a safer food system.

    STEP 1: Submit comments to USDA online or by mail. The comments must be received by USDA by March 16, 2009.

    You can submit comments online by clicking here.
    http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2007-0096
    Then Click on the yellow balloon under “add comments.”

    Or mail two copies of your comments to USDA.

    Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096
    Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS
    Station 3A-03.8
    4700 River Road Unit 118
    Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

    Clearly state that your comments refer to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096.

    (Sample comments are at the end of this alert.)

    STEP 2: Send a copy of your comments to your Congressman and Senators.

    You can find who represents you, and their contact information by clicking here
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

    Background
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working for over five years to force a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) onto American animal owners. NAIS is designed to identify and track each and every individual livestock and poultry animal owned by family farmers, hobby farmers, homesteaders, and pet owners across the country.

    USDA claims that NAIS is a disease tracking program, but has refused to provide any support for its claims. In reality, NAIS will:

    Usurp states’ existing, well-functioning disease response and brand inspection programs;
    Impose high costs and government surveillance on every farmer and animal owner for no significant benefits.

    NAIS does nothing to improve food safety for consumers or prevent animal diseases. This program is a one-size-fits-all program developed by and for big Agribusiness. NAIS will increase consolidation of our food supply in the hands of a few large companies and put the brakes on the growing movement toward regional food systems.

    Despite promises to the contrary, the USDA’s new proposed rule would make portions of the NAIS mandatory for thousands of people in every state. This draft rule would mandate the first step – premises registration – for anyone who is involved in a federal disease control program. That includes tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapie, Johne’s and more. The NAIS Premises Identification Number (PIN) will become the only form of premises identification acceptable for official USDA purposes, with no opt-out provision.

    The proposed rule would also limit official Animal Identification Numbers to the NAIS-compliant 840-numbering system, laying the groundwork for future regulations that would limit people’s options on the types of tags they could use.

    The proposed rule is not final yet. You can help stop it by visiting the Federal Registry and making a comment, and click on the yellow balloon under “add comments.” Be sure to send a copy of your comments to your elected officials, letting them know how you feel about NAIS.

    The grassroots movement has already successfully stalled USDA's plans for NAIS, which originally called for the entire program - premises registration, animal identification, and tracking - to be mandatory by January 2009. The proposed rule is an opportunity to get thousands of objections in the formal record, and have an even greater impact. It is imperative that people speak up to protect our right to farm and our food supply!

    Sample Comments
    Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096
    Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD, APHIS
    Station 3A-03.8
    4700 River Road Unit 118
    Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

    Mail two copies to the address above, or submit comments online by clicking here.

    Date: __________

    Re: Docket No. APHIS–2007–0096

    I urge the USDA to withdraw its proposed rule to implement portions of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096.

    I am a ___________________________________________________________
    (State who you are - farmer, consumer, animal owner - and why this issue matters to you.)

    The proposed rule mandates the NAIS Premises Identification Number (PIN) as the sole means of identifying properties for official USDA purposes. The proposed rule also mandates the use of the NAIS numbering system (i.e. the “840 numbering system”) for eartags using official animal identification numbers. Tags using other numbering systems would be required to be linked to a NAIS PIN.

    The draft rule is seriously flawed for multiple reasons:

    Does not substantiate the alleged benefits to animal health. USDA makes general claims about the benefits of identifying locations where animals are kept, but the agency does not address the capacity of existing programs to meet this purpose, nor how the proposed rule actually improves on the current ability to identify locations.

    Ignores the costs and burdens. The proposed rule would substantially increase costs, and add intrusive governmental burdens, to the industry and the taxpayer. The costs include the development and maintenance of a massive database; the purchase of 840-numbered tags by animal owners; state agencies having to implement changes to existing programs; and increased federal government intrusion into the lives and daily activities of farmers and other animal owners.

    Violation of individuals’ religious beliefs. Amish, Mennonite, and some other individuals have religious objections to the universal numbering system under NAIS.

    Creates disincentives for people to seek veterinary care for their animals and participate in existing disease control programs. The proposed rule lists four animal disease programs - tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapie, and Johne’s - and will impact others. These programs include provisions for veterinary care through vaccinations and testing. Animal owners who object to NAIS, may avoid participating in these programs, thereby increasing health risks to the public and farm operations.

    Adds to the confusion. This rule is the latest in a series of ambiguous and often contradictory documents that the USDA has issued on NAIS. This has created enormous confusion over the intent of the USDA and problems for both animal owners and state agencies.

    The proposed rule is a significant step towards implementing the entire NAIS program. Thus, the agency should address the fundamental question of whether it should be implementing NAIS at all. In addition to the problems with the draft rule listed above, there are many additional objectionsto the entire NAIS propgram:


    No significant benefits: USDA’s assertions that NAIS will provide benefits for animal health are not supported, and actually contradict basic scientific principles.

    High costs for animal owners and taxpayers: These costs include: (1) the development, maintenance, and update of massive databases; (2) the costs of tags, most of which will contain microchips; (3) the labor burdens for tagging every animal; (4) the paperwork burdens of reporting routine movements; and (5) the costs of enforcement on millions of individuals.

    Impracticality: The databases to register the properties, identify each animal, and record billions of “events” will dwarf any system currently in existence.

    Waste of money: The USDA has already spent over $130 million on NAIS implementation, but has yet to develop a workable plan for the program.

    Diverts resources from more critical needs such as disease testing, disease prevention through vaccination and improved animal husbandry practices, and disease detection in currently uninspected livestock imports.

    Damage to food safety efforts: NAIS will not prevent foodborne illnesses, such as e. coli or salmonella contamination, because the tracking ends at the time of slaughter. Food safety is better served by focusing on programs such as increased testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “Mad Cow”), improved oversight of slaughterhouses and food processing facilities, and increased inspections of imported food. Programs such as NAIS that burden small, sustainable farmers will hurt efforts to develop safer, decentralized local food systems.

    Discourages involvement in farming or animal husbandry: Because of the costs and government intrusion, some people will choose not to stay in farming or go into farming. This will result in less competition, greater reliance in foreign imports, and poor quality at higher prices.
    I urge the USDA to withdraw the proposed rule to implement portions of the National Animal Identification System, Docket No. APHIS-2007-0096.

    Sincerely,

    Name: ___________________________

    Address: __________________________

    City, State Zip: __________________________

    For more information, visit and support
    www.LibertyArk.net
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2009
  2. buttons

    buttons Out Of The Brooder

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    DO you have to be 18 to send a comment?
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Haven't I seen this post numerous times on the forum before?
     
  4. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mahonri, you may have, but we must not forget about this program, its vital to all of us to stop it from happening. It is not going to do any of us any good, other than another hit in the pocket book and a lot of headaches

    time is running out
    The comments must be received by USDA by March 16, 2009

    Thanks
    Charlie
     
  5. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    I hope I did that right [​IMG] That website is less than user-friendly [​IMG]

    BTW... that avatar is a HOOT!!!! LMAO
     
  6. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Guitartists Yes they sure don't want us to leave any comments...i didn't leave mine yet, but have sent numerous letters to everybody i can think of and will continue to do so...I will also leave a comment or two before it closes down..

    Hey been getting a lot of comments/pm's on the avatar.. lol

    Thanks
    Charlie
     
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  7. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is one thread topic that must be repeated until NAIS is squashed. There's too much at stake to forget about it.
     
  8. KarinB

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  9. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Please keep leaving your comments, [​IMG]
    its up-to 698 comments on 29 pages [​IMG]

    Thanks
    Charlie
     
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  10. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Times running out [​IMG] ....get your comments in now before it closes... [​IMG] [​IMG]

    its up-to 202 pages with about 5000 comments...3-16-2009 i believe is the dead line.. [​IMG]
     
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