December 24, 2012


CONTACT:    Sharon Zecchinelli
                    (802) 933-6709

"First They Came for the Cows: An Activist's Story" – Kindle Release, 2nd Edition

December 24, 2012  -  Enosburg Falls, VT – Having a personal encounter with federal deceit can awaken a desire to know the truth. This awakening can motivate ordinary people to take extraordinary actions. Just such a journey is detailed by author Sharon Zecchinelli in First They Came for the Cows: An Activist’s Story. The story is a fictionalized account of Sharon’s own journey as a reluctant activist against one of the federal government's greatest deceptions, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

The protagonist, Maddie Gillman, turns activist when she and her husband, the new owners of a homestead, encounter NAIS, a well-funded USDA program that is designed to become mandatory, then touted to be voluntary “at the Federal level”, while the USDA pressures States and livestock groups to roll their members into the program without their knowledge or consent. Maddie and her fellow activists are outraged with the deception and probable consequences of the program, and appalled to discover the ties between those in government and the industrialized agriculture corporate beneficiaries of the program.

“This is a great book for explaining to people the decline and corruption of the USDA,” wrote one reviewer on Amazon.

This 2nd edition of First They Came for the Cows on Kindle unexpectedly becomes available at exactly the same time as USDA’s final rule establishing general regulations under the guise of “Animal Disease Traceability Framework” December 28th.

What is new in the 2nd edition is the Epilogue written by Doreen Hannes aka, Truth Farmer. Since 2005 Hannes has been a full time volunteer advocate for independent agriculture, and is a nationally respected leader in both the food freedom movement and the effort to halt individual animal identification. Zecchinelli, a retired chef, lives in Enosburg Falls, Vermont on a 12 acre homestead with her husband, laying hens, seasonal meat animals, a horse, and two dogs.

For more information about First They Came for the Cows, or to schedule an interview, contact Sharon Zecchinelli at 802-933-6709 or by email at

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