1 Comments:From Veronica Hambacker's website:
Proposed legislation, S 3862 offered by Senator Jim Talent of Missouri and HR 6042 offered by Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri as an attempt to curry favor with agrieved livestock producers in Missouri, offers a classic bait and switch to all U.S. farmers. These bills will allow exempting animals who never leave a farm from a national licensing system, but will codify full requirements at sale barns, butcher shops, or private neighbor-to-neighbor transactions. Obviously, this situation actually is worse than an exemption because it places the NAIS into a Congressional law while it had been only agency law from the USDA.
VICFA (Virginia Independant Consumers and Farmers Association) says the Talent-Emerson bill would allow the USDA to regulate meatpackers, processors, veterinary or other services farmers must use so that farmers would be required to participate in the identification program to have access to these services. Anyone who did not volunteer could be forced into “volunteering” or face ruin. “If this bill were to become law, the USDA could effectively EXEMPT us and PUT US OUT OF BUSINESS at the same time,” says VICFA spokesman and farmer Joel Salatin.
Identification System (NAIS) as a voluntary compliance program for farmers, it will prohibit buying, selling or moving any of their animals away from their premises. At the same time, it will allow the USDA to regulate meatpackers, processors, veterinary or other services farmers must use so that farmers will be required to participate in the identification program to have access to these services. Anyone who doesn't volunteer will be forced into volunteering or face ruin. I personally believe they are the equivalent to closing the barn door long after the mule is out and has gone, preventing his ever getting back into the barn.
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