Does your homestead include animals or poultry?

littledog(z7 OK)January 8, 2006

I hate to be a wet blanket, but if you are planning on a neat little homestead experience that includes any poultry or livestock, you will fall under the brand new, incredibly draconian regulations of the National Animal Identification Scheme, uh, System. Even if it's only one horse, sheep, goat, cow, pig, llama, alpaca, deer, chicken, goose, or duck, and it's just a pet, if you have any animals other than cats or dogs, this means you. Sorry, but in the interest of "security", the USDA has decided that all non canine and feline animal ownership constitutes an agreement on your part to surrender your right to privacy, as well those same rights of anyone who visits your home.

How intrusive is this program? The still voluntary application for your new, nine digit federal premisis ID number that you can pick up at your local county extension office includes a line for you to give the precise GPS coordinates for every barn, shed and outbuilding on your property, as well as the coordinates for every piece of property on which you keep animals. If you have so many little outbuildings they don't all fit on one line, you're supposed to attach a seperate piece of paper. IOW, if your neighbor lets your kid's horse graze the five acres behind his house so he doesn't have to mow, you have to list him too. Look it up yourself at their website. Now, there are some aspects of this whole system that are obviously going to take a while to implement, but rest assured, this is is the plan. Think of it as your tax dollars (and an unelected, unaccountable bureacracy) at work.

In case you'd like to know more, this came through a goat list I'm on; it's "printed as written". Just thought I'd pass it on.

"Attention all Goat Owners and Owners of Animals small and large,

You are invited to a *special* Goat Chat at www.goatworld.com this

coming Tuesday evening our regular time: 5-7 PM Pacific Time. This

chat we will be discussing the unveiling of NAIS regulations: as they

pertain to you, your property, and raising of everything from livestock

to herbs.

THE USDA PLANS TO MAKE EVERY OWNER OF EVEN ONE HORSE, COW, PIG, GOAT,

SHEEP, CHICKEN, OR PIGEON REGISTER IN A GOVERNMENT DATABASE AND SUBJECT

THEIR PROPERTY AND ANIMALS TO CONSTANT FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT

SURVEILLANCE.

Under the present USDA plan, as of January 1, 2006:

EVERY HOMEOWNER with any animals must obtain a 7-digit USDA ID number

keyed to Global Positioning System satellite surveillance coordinates,

with all the property and owner information permanently stored in a

USDA database.

*Already done, you have been issued a premise ID and your property has

been satellite shot for your "potential".

EVERY ANIMAL must be tagged with a Radio Frequency tag or chip,

readable at a distance, with a 15-digit USDA ID number, possible retina

scan, and or DNA sample.

*We are in Phase II. Within the next 2 years everything must be

"identified".

THE OWNER MUST REPORT, within 24 hours, every sale or purchase of an

animal, every death or slaughter, every missing animal, every placement

or loss of an ID tag, and every time an animal leaves or returns to the

owner's property.

*Includes if you have any animal or person visiting your home you

must: get their ID, name, address, phone, they must change their

clothes and you must keep records in case someone gets sick from

visiting your house, even the flu. It must be reported, every instance.

THIS PLAN WILL DRIVE SMALL FARMERS OUT OF BUSINESS AND WILL PREVENT

CITIZENS FROM RAISING ANIMALS FOR FOOD OR PLEASURE.

You can read the USDA "Draft Program Standards" and "Draft Strategic

Plan" at usda.gov/nais.

This lively chat will cover topics such as:

Are your goats and chickens terrorists?

What information exactly am I required to submit to authorities in regard to my Premise ID? You have been issued a premise ID, know it or not.

What is the NAIS? What is the rationale behind this program?

Is an animal identification system needed?

What are the regulations in place that I would have to follow?

What forms of animal identification are acceptable?

What if I already have my animal "identified"?

Are there exemptions?

How will my property rights be affected?

Who pays for this new system? Any new taxes?

What is commingling?

What records must be kept?

Is this program mandatory? Can I just continue the way I am?

Who holds the database records?

Where can I go to get more information on this plan or related topics?

What can I do?

The lofty goal of this chat is education on this plan and it's effects

on your constitutional rights and maybe even your life.

Feel free to invite others you know who may be interested."

Here is a link that might be useful: NAIS Draft Program Standards

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Maggie_J(z5 Ontario)

There is also a lengthy discussion of this important issue on the Farm Life Forum. All I can say is: thank goodness I live in Canada. I suppose they will get to it here eventually, but not (I hope) for a long while.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2006 at 4:57PM
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mountainman_bc(5)

Very true Maggie. I like being nieve and behind the times. Hopefully the program becomes a national embarassment in the US and doesn't come up.
Hopefully Harper doesn't do what I'm afraid he may (in case he wins).

    Bookmark   January 13, 2006 at 11:57PM
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ginastjoe(5)

Hi. I just posted to the farming forum here, but I will repeat the links that are helpful. Thanks, Littledog, for posting about NAIS. One of the biggest obstacles in fighting this 'scheme' (as you so aptly put it:-) is that small, home, or the general non-farming public are in the dark about it. Please visit the links. One of them is a 'real-life' experience of living under NAIS.

Thanks for helping us fight to keep our way of life, our privacy and our freedom.

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/SDBookMom/

'Real-life' experience under law. Check out her link to Homesteading Today for an excellent letter written by a lawyer and executive director for Farming for Life.

http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/newsroom/news_2005-6-21.shtml

One of several 'news' items on USDA site

http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml

NAIS home

http://www.in.gov/boah/new/IDruleSummary.htm

Indianas version-comment at end of summery.

www.stopanimalid.org

More info here

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/369063795

The petition to sign against it; I donÂt have a lot of faith in petitions, but perhaps to will help a little.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 7:58PM
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sjaan

the government wants to ID all your animals? Let them start by IDing all 12 million illegal immigrants first!!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2006 at 5:15AM
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gurley157fs(zone 7/8sc)

sjaan,

AMEN to THAT!

What a twisted bureaucracy this has become!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 6:09AM
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