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Stop Animal ID Contact your state representatives and your Senators.

NAIS Informational Meeting

Tuesday March 21, 2006

7:00-9:00 PM

Rock Falls Holiday Inn

Rt 40
Rock Falls IL

Call Paul at 815-625-2607 for more information or email us


March 7, 2006: We received word that NIAC has 'hijacked' our speaker, Jim Kunkle of the IL Dept of Ag and changed the meeting place from the Twin City Market to Rock Falls Holiday Inn. We would have rather been asked about it before it happened or even told directly about. We thank them & welcome their support.

March 14, 2006: We have been informed that NIAC (of which we are members) will not support our meeting and we are not allowed to use the Twin City Market (of which we are both vendors & sit on the TCM board) to hold our meeting or have the meeting affliated with NIAC in any way.

As Paul told me, "We were doing fine without their 'support' and will continue to do so."

March 15, 2006:Jim Kunkle, who orignally agreed to speak at our meeting is now saying he has been advised NOT to come. Apparently NIAC sent him one of our flyers. Paul explained what the small livestock holders are hearing over the internet and Jim said the information is incorrect. All the more reason for Jim to speak at our meeting.

The whole purpose of the meeting is to get the facts straight from the source. There is a true desire to listen to the speaker, not kill the messanger!

Regardless if Jim attends or not, the meeting will continue. If the IL Dept of Ag refuses to refute what is being spread on the internet, then we need to believe the USDA draft and all the implications it means for the small livestock holder.

March 16, 2006:Paul heard from Mr. Kunkle today. Jim has thought it over and has agreed to come to the meeting. A hearty THANK YOU to Jim Kunkle.

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a national program to identify and track livestock animals, including poultry, horses, cattle, goats and sheep for the purpose of disease containment. NAIS plans to use RFID and GPS technology to track animals, and requires every farm or “premises” be registered with government agencies, even if that premises houses a single animal. While NAIS’s purported goal of disease containment appears to be beneficial, the requirement for American citizens to register privately-owned property for tracking and monitoring purposes has very serious implications for our privacy, rights and freedoms.

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Stop Animal ID

For all of us who are small farmer/livestock owners, even if it is just 2 chickens and a goat, our governments is implementing NAIS (National Animal Identification System) to register our farms and all of our livestock. The “Goal” is to help track the origin of diseases outbreaks in livestock for National Security.

We must fight this program is it is total invasion of privacy, more government intrusion and the expense of such an ID program (i.e. radio frequency ID chips) will be a burden the livestock owner will have to bear. It would make selling live or processed meat (poultry, beef, pork, etc) too expensive for the average consumer.

Please don’t sit on your hands and think other will fight this fight. Contact your state representatives and your Senators. Visit NO NAIS and/or Stop Animal ID . Do it now as the whole country will be subject to the NAIS program in 2008.

A wonderful letter to use when writing your congress person:

I’m writing regarding the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). I understand that the goal of the program is to be able to track diseased livestock, so as to stop any further spread of a particular disease from the same source as the diseased livestock. On a very large scale, this sounds reasonable, as explained by Dr. Bob Hillman, a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Subcommittee on the National Animal Identification System, Texas’ state veterinarian, and head of the TAHC, Texas’ livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. I quote an an article I found by following a link from the NAIS website. The article is at

Dr. Hillman states, “This involves the unique identification of each head of livestock moved from its original herd. For cattle, sheep, goats, cervidae (deer) and some other species of livestock, the identification device will be an electronic ear tag, also called a radio frequency (RFID) identification device. For other species, such as swine and poultry, the number can be applied to groups of animals, if they spend their entire production life together as a group or unit.” Forms of identification mentioned on the NAIS website include micro-chips, retinal scans and DNA. Presumably, poultry and swine that are not a “group or unit” will require individual identification. The article further paraphrases Dr. Hillman thus, “When animals are sold, moved or harvested [or die], project participants will report the event to third-party data service providers by computer, fax or mail.” I understand that this “report” will need to be made within 24 hours of a qualifying “event.”

Although the plan seems feasible, and even helpful, in large-scale agri-business settings, please take the time to consider what this means to the average backyard or hobby farmer, who raises a few animals for their own food or pleasure. I am one of this group, and can tell you that making this tracking a requirement for small farmers will mean the end of hobby farms. I’ll describe a couple of scenarios to help illustrate why.

I go to the feed store to buy some chicks to raise for meat. They used to be 89 cents. Now, since the feed store is required to register each chick separately, because they’re not sold “as a unit,” how much do you think they’ll charge for a registered chick? In states where NAIS is already in place, many feed stores are no longer carrying animals. In fact, the feed store I visited today is a two-generation enterprise. The current owner/manger, who is the son of the founder, said he would quit selling feed if he had to start registering and reporting chicks and other livestock they sell, such as rabbits. How long do you think small farms will last without feed stores? Please know that large farms do not typically patronize feedstores to any extent. They buy in bulk direct from suppliers.

I have chickens that run loose on my property. Let’s say a hen comes up missing. I’m supposed to report that in 24 hours. A week later, I see her scratching around again. So I’m supposed to report that, too. I see her every few days for a couple more weeks. Each time I see her or fail to see her, I’m supposed to report it, or I’m breaking the rules (which we all suspect will become law). After three weeks or so, she marches in with several chicks. Now I’m supposed to catch all of them and haul them down to a “tagging station” to be identified, since they don’t live their entire lives “as a unit.” Being a law-abiding citizen, I do so. Three days later, a chick is missing, probably taken by a hawk or crow or cat. I report it. A few days later, another comes up missing. Report. A week later, my horse steps on a chick. Report. Then another hen disappears, probably to brood another clutch of chicks. Report. You see where I’m going with this, of course. Who is really going to pay attention to all of my reports? Who is going to pay a staffer to do so? Am I going to have to pay a staffer for several hours’ time to take care of all my reports? How much will my chickens cost at that point? Will I be eating the most expensive chickens and eggs the world has ever known, or will I give up and shop at Safeway?

Besides, does anyone honestly think that people who raise animals for their own food are going to acquiesce to this degree of oversight? Does anyone honestly think a person is going to haul a $15.00 rabbit and her new litter down to the local tagging station and pay heaven knows how much to have their rabbits identified? And at what age should they do that so that they don’t stress the doe out, causing her to cannibalize her babies? (This can happen when the babies are as old as four weeks of age. Butchering or live sale is typically done at 8 weeks.)

So, as a result of NAIS implementation, all the small farmers and hobby farmers will disappear. So what, you ask? Apart from the fact that NAIS has seriously disrupted the “pursuit of happiness” for millions of hobby farmers, and destroyed all the businesses, publications, activities, etc., that depend on hobby farmers, let’s discuss genetic diversity. There are many, very specific adaptations in livestock, which were selected for over generations. Breeds were selected that are specially adapted to perform well despite certain adverse circumstances such as excessive heat or cold or wetness or parasite loads. Or they are adapted to graze very hilly, rocky land; or they are foot-rot resistant to thrive in damp, low-lying pastures; or they have terrific mothering skills, or excellent laying rates despite cold, darkness, etc.

If small farmers and hobby farmers disappear, the genetic diversity in livestock, and it’s potential to offer solutions to problems we cannot yet foresee, will disappear as well. Why is that, you ask? Because small farmers and hobby farmers raise these specially adapted, endangered “heritage breeds.” They are therefore the guardians of the genetic diversity. Large farms and ranches, to which NAIS poses no special burden, use only a very tiny percentage of the livestock breeds available. They use only breeds that are specially adapted to perform well in high-input, high-output confinement systems. Heritage breeds do not perform well in these systems, being adapted to produce in more natural settings. With people becoming more particular about how their food is raised, is it a good idea to allow the loss of these heritage breeds?

As a final note, I must address the remarkably un-American nature of a law making it impossible for people to raise their own food. What’s next, shall we outlaw home vegetable gardens so that their pollen doesn’t contaminate the local GMO crop? Let’s give the agri-business lobby a little time, I’m sure they’ll come up with something “feasible.”

While we’re waiting, we can take our children for the last time to the petting zoo, the livestock exhibits at the fair, and the community 4-H and FFA meetings. “Last” because the animals for all of these are provided primarily by small farmers.

This whole tracking idea, as it applies to small farmers and hobby farmers, is so unrealistic, impractical and Orwellian that it seems like a bad dream. I keep hoping to wake up, but it doesn’t seem to be happening. My only other choice is to try to wake up the people who are in a position to avert this disaster. I hope this letter has at least begun to do the trick. Please, please get out there and put a stop to this before any more harm is done.

Most sincerely,

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