From the February 2006 Idaho Observer:
Going wireless: Govt plans to chip pets, livestock and people
City Watcher, a security company in Cinncinnati, Ohio is the first company to request that two of its "high security clearance" employees be implanted with electronic ID tags. In January 2005, a public school in Sutter, California required its students wear, at all times, a badge containing an RFID chip. And there is a nationwide plan to implant the homeless with "RFID" chips before they will be allowed to stay in homeless shelters or qualify for homeless assistance. Aside from the obvious, that the plan to chip all Americans for the purpose of tracking and monitoring them has begun, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving ahead with its plan to mandate the chipping of pets and livestock.
compiled by Don Harkins
The wireless age is upon us. While we are being "sold" on the advantages of the nation being bathed in microwaves so we can have instant Internet access anywhere our laptops or cell phones happen to be, the true intent of the wireless age is becoming apparent: Everything that moves is to be implanted with radio frequency ID (RFID) chips so they can be tracked and monitored wherever they go.
The justification for chipping animals is to aid in the tracking and identification of diseased animals as a tool to prevent epidemics and to prevent diseased animal products from entering the human food supply.
As we will see in April when Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s book "Fowl: Bird Flu—It’s Not What You Think" is released, the flaws of chipping animals to prevent the spread of disease and human consumption of diseased animal products will become apparent. In brief illustration, let’s just say that, "mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water—but they did not make the water stagnant."
Mary Louise Zanoni, Ph.D, gave a thorough analysis of the USDA’s "draft standards" and "draft strategic plan" finding the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) concept to be riddled with legal, fiscal, logistical, procedural and theological complications. Zanoni concluded that the NAIS plan is completely valueless—at least for the stated purposes of its intended applications.
The analysis can be found online at www.magic-citynews.com
In an article she wrote on the subject entitled, "The ‘National Animal Identification System’: A new threat to rural freedom?" (Countryside and Small Stock Journal, Jan 3, 2006), Zanoni commented on how people who live a rural life generally choose to do so because they prefer the quiet and the freedom of the country to the noise and hubbub of the city. "Now the USDA’s NAIS—National Animal Identification System—threatens the traditional freedoms of the rural way of life."
According to Zanoni, "NAIS is the brainchild of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). Who is the NIAA? Primarily two groups: (1) the biggest corporate players in U.S. meat production (for example, the National Pork Producers, Monsanto, Cargill Meat); and (2) the makers and marketers of high-tech animal ID equipment (for example, Digital Angel, Inc., EZ-ID/AVID ID Systems, Micro Beef Technologies, Ltd.).
"Beginning in 2002, the NIAA used 9/11 and subsequently the BSE scares to lobby the USDA for a nationwide, all-livestock registration and tracking system. The result is the USDA’s proposed NAIS, set forth in a Draft Strategic Plan (Plan) and Draft Program Standards (Standards) released on April 25,2005. The Plan and Standards can be downloaded from http://www.USDA.gov/nais"
Like a freight train
Regardless, Missouri is planning to go ahead with this aggressive "chipping program and activists have organized to promote a grassroots effort to block the aggressive agenda on grounds that, 1. No federal law has been passed and the regulatory scheme is still in draft form and currently under revision; 2. The Missouri plan to compel citizens to implant chips in all their pets and livestock is a huge benefit to large-scale animal producers and places an unbearable burden on small-scale farmers; 3. Existing tracking systems and vet records track diseased animals just fine; 4. The global satellite system used to track the animals represents a huge intrusion into people’s right to privacy; 5. NAIS is in direct conflict with those who object to government control of private property and government surveillance on religious grounds.
The "No to Missouri NAIS" petition was drafted by Toni Szymanski who can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Homeschool blogger" Cheryl Eggers of Nemo, South Dakota wrote Feb. 12, 2006 that her state has begun a "voluntary" version of NAIS but warns that the voluntary status may not last long as, just one state away, NAIS is mandatory in Wisconsin as of Jan. 1, 2006. "If you have even one animal on your premises and are not registered, you would be subject to a $5,000 fine," Eggers wrote.
"The plan is to register every property where even one ‘livestock’ animal is kept—the 90-year-old grandma with four chickens included. Additionally, each animal that leaves it’s place of origin (Grandma takes her chicken to the fair, or one gets out and visits the neighbor) would have a personal id tag/number. If you have a large enough operation, you can do a lot number for herds of say chickens," she explained.
To illustrate the absurdity of the NAIS concept, Eggers advanced a scenario of how NAIS, scheduled to be mandatory nationwide in Jan. 1, 2008, would have complicated her life had she been mandated to abide by it in 2005.
How life would be under the animal ID system
Along about March of 2005, my brother and his wife moved to town and gave us three hens as pets for the kids. He had to file two sets of paperwork, one to notify the government of where the hens were and one to notify them that their premises was no longer keeping animals as they were moving to town. Total forms - 4
Within 24 hours, had to file two sets of paperwork, one to obtain a premises identification number, giving name, social security number, address, and GPS number with the state and feds. I had to file three forms for the hens. Total forms - 4
Then my husband said, if you have to be here to feed three hens, why not get a few more. So we went in with the neighbors and ordered 100 chickens. They then had to file one form setting up a premises and 50 forms for owning the chicks + 50 forms since they would be "off premises" boarding at my house. We had to file 50 forms reporting our 50 new chicks. Total forms - 151
Four of the chicks died in the first week, I had to file three incident reports, my neighbor had to file one. Total forms - 4
In May, it was Mandy’s eighth birthday and all she wanted for her birthday was a pretty little kid named Snowflake, so we went a little flaky and got Snowflake and a nanny named Carmen, needed to file two forms for this transaction. Carmen didn’t work out. Though she was a beautiful goat she was terrified of children and one day tried to run away taking Snowflake with her and I had to file two incident reports. So she went to live with a neighbor and we traded for a new nanny named Paige. Both the neighbor and I had to file two reports each, one for the goat going, one for the goat coming. Paige is a sweetheart. I only had to lift her into the stanchion three times before she decided to do it all by herself.
My neighbor asked if we could let our goats come over to help with weed control, they did that for about two weeks. (14 incident reports times two goats). We were getting almost a gallon of milk a day before we dried her off to go "visiting’ (both the neighbor and I had to fill out incident four reports). She did get out of the yard three times (3 incident reports times 2) and enjoyed going for walks with us once a week all summer (12 incident reports times 2) We are now hoping for triplets in the spring. The goats came home in November, requiring another four reports. Total forms—74
Then one day I got a call in town, the neighbor’s dogs had gotten into my chickens. I came home to find dead chickens all over my property and scattered down the road. We were devastated and filled the incident reports—eight for the dead chickens and four for the ones that left the property.
My dog thought what they had done looked like fun, so began killing chickens too. So far she has killed eight. Resulting in eight reports for dead chickens and two for the two she tried to hide in the woods as they left the premises. Total forms—10
On Labor day weekend, the neighbors came over and we killed 57 chickens. Dividing the paper work, we still had to file 57 forms between us.
One of my chickens liked my neighbor. Every day she would make a beeline for his barnyard (he gives trail rides, forms went in for each time the horses left and returned). I had to file one report for her leaving and one for coming every day. Oh we tried to keep her home, but she was a little escape artist! 90 forms times 2 = 180 for that one chicken. Total forms—180
I had three chickens die for no apparent reason or from injury from other chickens, or one punctured himself on a wire. Total forms—3
This year we have filed 499 reports, tagged all animals, purchased the equipment and software to do this and it hasn’t even been 12 months since we started. All we wanted to do was have a few animals to teach the kids a little about responsibility and grow some of our own food."
Imagine getting THAT for a Christmas letter? Life under NAIS is for the birds!
Note: There is little doubt that the purposes of NAIS are to drive small producers out of the market, prevent people from raising animals for their own food, and intrude into the lives of lawful Americans. It will also violate the religious freedom and constitutional rights of Americans whose beliefs make it impossible for them to comply.
Go to this month’s story by Amy Worthington to more clearly understand the relevance of what we see happening with regard to NAIS to "Big Brother’s coolest tool." (DWH)
While I was traveling north from Switzerland to Weisbaden, Germany, in Sept., 2004, with Bill Engdahl, Kevin Tighe and Zach Tighe, we observed to the west of the autobahn near Frankfort a very large construction project. Over what appeared to be about a 20-acre area, at least a dozen cranes were erecting large buildings. I asked Engdahl, "What’s going on over there?"
Engdahl responded, "That is going to be a silicon chip making plant owned by the Seimens Corporation."
I remember thinking at the time that chips are very small and a company can produce a lot of them in a 20-acre facility. But, when you think about it, the wireless age is going to need a lot of chips if part of the plan is to chip everything that moves—people, animals and products. (DWH)
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