Is Animal Tagging Really Going to Help Keep Us Safe?

When I read things like this, while they make complete sense on one hand, I keep in mind a quote from Benjamin Franklin “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin”.

While the concept is good, given the governments propensity for controlling our lives, you have to wonder where they will stop. Then there’s the already proven track record lately, proving they can’t handle the job now, do they really need the extra work? In other words, will this really keep our food and us safe; or is this just the first step to getting us to wanting ourlselves to be tagged and monitored?
OK, I can admit it……..there were so many food scares last year, that I started thinking they were deliberate, or really non-existant, in an attempt to get the population to willingly give up even more control of their lives.

Just one of those things that makes you go “HMMMMMMM”


By Doreen Hannes
January 20, 2008

I want to tell you how I found out about NAIS (National Animal Identification System) in the hope that you will see how disturbing this is and why we have to fight it with everything we have. In July of 2005, I went to a meeting at the Ava Missouri Sale Barn regarding a new electronic cattle identification program that was to be mandatory in January of 2006 in order to sell cattle in the State of Missouri. Yes, January of 2006. Dr Taylor Woods, a member of the NAIS Subcommittee, was the one speaking. He never said what the name of the program was, nor offered any website where one could go for information. I asked a couple of questions and then made a statement. That statement was, “It sounds like you just want to have complete control of the food supply.” Dr Woods replied, “We already do.” It is a frightening prospect to consider any group of men in complete control of the food supply, much less a bunch of people who fear microbes. Needless to say, much of what Dr Woods stated was not entirely true. We would not be required to electronically identify our cattle to be able to sell them in January of 2006, and it wasn’t really a done deal except in the minds of bureaucrats who hate the fact that we still have this irritating thing called the United States Constitution that needs to at least be given lip service from time to time or chance a full scale revolt.

Then, in late November of 2005 I went into a local feed store, MFA, and was greeted by a flame orange sign on the counter saying “Due to the Bioterrorism Act We must have your name, address and phone number to sell you feed.” As creepy as that is, I now had a starting place. In a short amount of time I found myself with the name of the program Dr Woods was talking about, which was indeed the National Animal Identification System, and a whole lot of information on the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, which is basically NAIS for food and feed up to the final consumer. Incidentally, the Bioterrorism Act passed as part of the 2002 Farm Bill, which included the Animal Health Protection Act (the USDA claims AHPA as their authorizing legislation for NAIS) introduced by none other than current Ag Chair Senator Harkin of Iowa. This same man has now introduced the first probable statutory reference to NAIS in the 2007 Farm Bill. Is this a coincidence? Not likely.


~ by swfreedomlover on January 21, 2008.

2 Responses to “Is Animal Tagging Really Going to Help Keep Us Safe?”

  1. I have to agree with you AGAIN!!! Are you my twin or something that I never knew I had??? I put this article up on my 360 page because I found it so amazing. Note that the huge companies get off scott free, while the small farmer must pay through the nose. Sound familiar??? Big Business, of whatever kind, gets the favors while the little guy is left holding the bag. And the consumer will pay for it all. And if they don’t like you, you won’t eat!

  2. Livestock owners are resisting NAIS, a program that will put them under more government surveillance than illegals, drug dealers or sex offenders. A recent horse magazine poll showed over 90% against.

    NAIS is a business plan designed to benefit corporate agriculture on the global marketing level. The part about tracking disease was added to make it more acceptable to the public. Agri-biz gets ONE lot number per groups of animals, (any one in that group could be diseased; who would know) while the rest of us have to tag/track every animal individually and pay for it, giving corporate ag a free ride on our backs!

    NAIS tracking ends at slaughter. Most food safety issues occur AFTER that, during processing. There are already disease tracking protocosl in place, and they work just fine.

    Disease suspected? NAIS prescribes depopulation of an entire 6 mile radius (140 square miles). But most diseases can be cured, vaccinated or prevented.

    USDA claims NAIS will trace mad cows but when Creekstone Beef wanted to test every carcass for it, the USDA said NO! Claimed it would cost too much!

    See on why NAIS is NOT a good idea!

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