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YOUR COMMENTS to the USDA on NAIS are very much needed.

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I received this tonight (and my comment to the USDA is below):
Dear Fellow Horse Owners and Friends,

If you have not already heard, when Barack Obama was inaugurated President on January 20, one of his major objectives was to review any administrative actions that had been signed or initiated during the last week of the Bush Administration in an alleged effort to cut costs and to eliminate detrimental policies. No matter what your politics, you may be aware that on January 13, 2009, the latest directive of USDA/APHIS in regards to the furtherance of National Animal Identification System (NAIS) was published in the Federal Register, making it one of the policies up for review by the new administration. This may be one of the few times that a comment or observation may genuinely postpone or even halt implementation of NAIS, especially as it relates to microchip implantation and Premises Identification Number.

Please help direct the course of NAIS. Your comments are needed.

The USDA is pushing through more changes to further the implementation of NAIS. We have the opportunity to stop these changes by commenting on the proposed rule change. Your comments can be made at .

The procedure is simple and painless. You can read the comments of everyone who has participated. All you need to do to comment is to click on the yellow comment tag at the right of the side under the add comments column then follow the directions.

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The gist of this proposal is “VOLUNTARY” will become “MANDATORY” when federal unified AINs and PINs supersede any state ID policy becomes effective March 15, 2010.

The following is the abstract for the proposed rules change:

Official Animal Identification Numbering Systems

We are proposing to amend the domestic livestock regulations to require that when animal identification numbers (AINs) are used, only those numbers beginning with the 840 prefix will be recognized as official for use on all AIN tags applied to animals 1 year or more after the date on which this proposed rule is finalized. In addition, we are proposing to require that all new premises identification numbers (PINs) that are issued on or after the effective date of this rule use the seven-character alphanumeric code format. Official eartags that use a premises based numbering system issued after a 1-year phase-in period will be required to use the seven-character alphanumeric code format as well. Further, we are proposing several changes pertaining to the use of the U.S. shield on official eartags, numbering systems that use such eartags, and the correlation of those numbering systems with the PIN. These proposed changes are intended to achieve greater standardization and uniformity of official numbering systems and eartags used in animal disease programs and to enhance animal traceability, as discussed in previous Federal Register documents pertaining to the National Animal Identification System.
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My comment to the USDA:

NAIS was designed by Monsanto and the big meat packers. It is not about food safety but about destroying our farmers. You can't have penalties like this without intending to destroy people. And all the questions about ownership and forcing people against their will onto a contract that is terribly suspect and which the government will not change to allay serious and legitimate and the most fundamental concerns about property rights (that is, democracy itself), is not a contract but a taking. And it is sadistic, as well.

And then there is the issue of what the intent is with the animals. If it is anything like what the USDA did to Linda and Larry Faillace, and their children, Jackie, Heather, and Francis, it has zero to do with food safety and everything to do with how grotesquely corrupt the USDA is.

[The following is from Ronnie Cummins, head of the Organic Consumers Association, reviewing the book, Mad Sheep. It was such a powerful indictment of the USDA, I am using it and inserting my own comments to make it applicable to NAIS. My comments are in brackets.

"What we are confronted with ... is a government conspiracy. A politically inspired ritual of fabricated charges, manipulated science, and doctored evidence. A modern witch-hunt to sacrifice the innocent in order to protect the massive profits and scandalous practices of the guilty. A diabolically orchestrated, media-scripted search and destroy ... [our farmers], ... [and] fan the flames of fear and ignorance, and to foster our continued dependence on an abusive Big Brother government that has promised to protect us from the contemporary terrors that lurk, well, nearly everywhere.

"In their highly acclaimed 1997 book, Mad Cow USA: Can the Nightmare Happen Here, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton recount how they used a Freedom of Information Act investigation to pry loose secret planning documents from the beef industry and the USDA. These liberated documents included a "crisis management" plan for how to manipulate public perceptions and concerns surrounding a likely outbreak of [any] disease in the United States.

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