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    Friday, June 30, 2006

    Editorial: Tagging Terrorist Chickens

    *National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Proposal Overview


    *Have you heard about the National Animal Identification System(NAIS)? The radio ads feature a "farmer" telling us how hard it isto make a living farming today - harder than it was for Momma and Daddy. Worse yet, now we've got the risks of all these new diseases. But - /golly, golly, gee -- /the government is going tohelp. They've come up with a 'voluntary' program to register our farms and animals to protect us and our animals from diseases. All good Americans will sign up.

    Characteristically, the radio propaganda-speak beareth no likeness to the truth. To prove that for yourself, visit

    Dr. Mary Zanoni, a lawyer from New York, has filed official comments with the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) decrying the NAIS. She has also founded an organisation "Farm for Life". In her brilliantly argued statement filed in June2005, she put this whole scheme in perspective. "The security of America's food supply and the resilience oflivestock in the face of diseases are best served by decentralising and dispersing food production and processing, and breeding and maintaining livestock. If more citizens could depend on food raised and processed within, say, 100 miles of their homes, the danger of large-scale disruptions would be minimised, the costs of transport would be less affected by volatile fuel prices, and any food-borne diseases would be contained by thesystem's natural geographic limits. Similarly, if animals, such as cattle, for example, are kept in small herds of, say, ten to a hundred animals, infectious diseases will have much more difficulty in spreading beyond a discrete geographical area."
    http://us.f543.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=_mlz%40slic.com_ and support her efforts by signing up for her $25/yearnewsletter to keep you informed about this program and those fighting it.
    *Contact your state veterinary office and complain.
    *Call your state senators and representatives and tell them you oppose NAIS.
    *Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
    *Organise a public meeting. But first, educate yourself. Go to http://www.usda.gov/nais . Click on "Draft Strategic Plan" on the right side of the page under the "What's New" heading and read the 24 page implementation plan for yourself.

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