November 14, 2005

More on NAIS

The following is being promoted from a comment to a post.

"On a discussion list I frequent someone wrote: 'the purpose [of NAIS] is very specific and is stated right up front: To provide "trace back" in the case of disease outbreak. If an animal shows up with a contagious disease they want to be able to trace back all other animals that might have come in contact with it.'

The problem is the government is implementing NAIS to cover a lot more than the above needs.

The National Animal Identification System is totally unnecessary for the homestead. If you are growing food for your own consumption you already have 100% trace back. You know where your animals came from, where they went. The government does not need to be involved.

NAIS is also not needed for direct farm to consumer sales. Again there is already 100% trace back available. I breed and raise most of my own livestock which I sell directly to the consumer. I know exactly where it has been. My customer knows where they got it. The government does not need to be involved.

NAIS is not needed for pets either for the same reasons.

NAIS is to benefit the big businesses and the consumers who buy from the big businesses. It is harmful to individuals who raise their own food and to small farms. The government is offering us paper work, snooping, threatening huge fines and confiscation of our property.

The information collected under NAIS is not secure - it can be gotten by people like P. E, Tee-A under the Freedom Of Information Act. That is very scary. Do we want those freaks knowing where we are and exactly what we have so they can come vandalize our farm, destroy our property, burn our home and kill our family?!? No.

NAIS as written is a horrible idea and it should NOT be implemented. NAIS is big government gone way, way overboard and horribly wrong. I hope that people will write their congressional critters, local newspapers, the USDA, etc. We must act now while we still have the right to keep livestock. Once NAIS passes it will be much harder to get rid of and it will be followed by further trashing of our rights."

Thank you, Walter.


  1. I just ran across this site:

  2. Hen, I am not sure of your religious affiliation, but a common belief in Christianity is that in the future the entire food supply will be controlled by the government. We know that all the seed in the world is now controlled by by a handful of companies and there are UN and US initiatives to restrict/patent/develop the seed industry (for its "protection" naturally). I understand that people have to purchase hybrid seed now also.

    I'm not by any means a conspiracy theorist, but one has to wonder if all of this is moving toward some global control of the food supply.

  3. Merry Christmas!

    Sugar Mtn Farm
    in Vermont

  4. I have been following this issue very closely. I've only been able to find ONE group that is actively forming to fight NAIS:

  5. I have been following this issue very closely. I've only been able to find ONE group that is actively forming to fight NAIS:

    I also have found one petition here:

    I hope everyone signs it. I have a small flock of pet chickens, and I don't like the idea of the government having control of them.

  6. Sofia7:42 AM

    I completely agree with Henwhisperer about acting now.

    The group you mentioned, Cathy, has just been formed; their forum been active since the 20th of December, here:

    The website itself only came online on the 23rd:

    There is another group, but they do not appear to have been very active:

    If you do not support NAIS, please get involved.

  7. I just wrote about this on my blog at:

    Keep fighting!

  8. This week I created the blog which you may want to check out. My goal is something I can use to spread the word about how NAIS is harmful to small farmers, homesteaders, pet owners and consumers. Please check it out. Questions and feedback appreciated.

    -Walter Jeffries


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