National Animal Identification System (NAIS)

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Industrial agriculture and technology companies are urging the government to adopt a program that will drive many small farms out of business, burden horse owners, invade our privacy, increase the cost of meat, and expand the government bureaucracy.
If the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is made mandatory, anyone who owns even one horse, chicken, cow, pig, sheep, goat, or any other livestock or exotic, will have to:
  • Register their property with the state and federal government;
  • Identify each animal, in most cases with electronic identification;
  • Report events to a government-accessible database within 24 hours, including every dead or missing animal, private sales, and regional shows.

    NAIS will:

  • violate individuals' Constitutional rights, including freedom of religion and right to privacy;
  • reduce the availability of local, organic, and grass-fed foods;
  • raise the cost of food, because tagging and tracking costs will be passed on to consumers;
  • create a massive government bureaucracy.

    NAIS will not:

  • make food safer since most food-borne illnesses, such as e-coli and salmonella, are due to food processing and handling practices - not live animals;
  • protect us against bioterrorism - the proposed microchips and radio tags are easily reprogrammed and large databases are easy targets for terrorists or other criminals.

    NAIS is both a federal and a state issue:

  • The USDA says that the NAIS is voluntary at the federal level. But, USDA is funding the States to implement NAIS at the state level, and that funding creates incentives for States to use mandatory, misleading, or coercive methods in order to increase participation. And, Congress is considering putting NAIS in bills to fund and implement NAIS.

   July 15, 2009
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The undersigned organizations urge you to support an amendment eliminating funding for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) from the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Contrary to its stated purposes, NAIS will not address animal disease or food safety problems. Instead, NAIS imposes high costs and paperwork burdens on family farmers and creates incentives for CAFOs and vertically integrated systems. This burdensome, ill-conceived, and badly implemented program should not receive any federal funding.

USDA’s plans for NAIS describe a far-reaching three-step program that calls for every person who owns even one livestock or poultry animal to register their property, tag each animal when it leaves the property it was born on, and report a long list of movements to a database within 24 hours. The provisions would apply whether or not that animal is used for commercial purposes. NAIS would directly impact millions of animal owners. Group or lot identification would only be allowed where animals are managed as a group from birth to death and never commingled with animals outside of their production system. In practice, group identification would apply mainly, if not entirely, to confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and vertically integrated operations

NAIS is fundamentally flawed for multiple reasons:….




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   June 15, 2009
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USDA gets an earfull about NAIS

Results from the USDA's "Listening Sessions" are now clear: No NAIS, no way, no time!  Here are two short summaries of what livestock owners had to say at the listening sessions in Missouri and in Texas.  Share them with your neighbors and ask them to tell their congress-critters to not allow the USDA to implement any form of NAIS.

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   April 16, 2009
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Another one of Sustainable America Programs to manage your life and resources.
Locate In 48—Oklahoma’s program to implement voluntary statewide premises registration. 
“Whether you raise cattle on the western plains of the state, have poultry in green country, or manage a family farm with just a few animals this program seeks to register premises.

The program is voluntary; do not allow your property to be brought into the program that opens the door to regulate your business and property.   

   January 31, 2009
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"Every animal owner should see this video.  The USDA is moving rapidly to mandate that every property where even a single chicken, cow, goat, pig, turkey, or any of 29 species of animals, be registered in a federal database.  Moreover, every animal will have to be tagged with an RFID, and any movement off the property will have to be reported to the feds within 24 hours.
Once this system is in place, the EPA will have a way to enforce the "global warming" tax it recently publicized.  Without the NAIS, the EPA would have no way of knowing how many livestock animals there are or where they are or who is liable for the tax. The NAIS makes enforcement possible.
Government is pushing hard for this National Animal Identification System, as are the makers of the tagging equipment and the major meat exporters.  The only power on earth sufficient to stop this disaster is an informed electorate determined to melt the phone lines of their state and national officials."  

   January 31, 2009
In The News  
“USDA and our stakeholders in animal agriculture must continue moving forward with the National Animal Identification System. NAIS must be implemented for our country to maintain its reputation as having the most efficient and effective animal health surveillance and response system in the world. I believe a fully functional animal tracking system will keep us competitive in international markets, helping us retain and expand our market share. This Department is wholly committed to making NAIS a reality.” - Mike Johanns; Secretary of Agriculture
How To Obtain an AIN Tag and When To Apply It

In order to obtain AIN tags, producers must first register their premises and obtain a premises identification number (PIN). This requirement exists because all AIN tags are linked to a producer’s PIN in the AIN management system. Premises registration is currently free and is being carried out by all 50 States, two territories, and five tribes. A list of State and

tribal animal identification coordinators is available at <>, under the sidebar “Contact Your State or Tribe.”
"As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard U.S. animal health, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated the implementation of a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in 2004. The NAIS is a cooperative State-Federal-industry program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The main objective is to develop and implement a comprehensive information system which will:

• Support ongoing animal disease monitoring, surveillance, detection, and responsecapabilities in order to complete current eradication programs;

• Enable State and Federal animal health officials to respond rapidly and effectively toanimal health emergencies such as foreign animal disease outbreaks or emergingdomestic diseases with significant economic, social, or public health consequences;
• Enable State and Federal agencies to identify animals that are lost or scatteredthrough natural disasters such as hurricanes or stolen at any time; and,
• Enable State and Federal animal health officials to promptly ascertain animal healthstatus for the purpose of issuing intrastate, interstate, or international animal health movement certificates.

When an animal disease is detected, the first question is, “Where has the infected animal been?” Answering this question is critical in determining what other animals were exposed and estimating the size and scope of the outbreak. The more quickly this can be done, the less the disease will spread, and the less impact the outbreak will have. The ultimate long-term goal of the NAIS is to provide State and Federal officials with the capability to identify all animals and premises that have had direct contact with a disease of concern within 48 hours after discovery."


Voluntary NAIS also encompasses animal identification and animal movement tracing systems. These components are currently being refined by NAIS’ industry and private sector partners. While the focus today is on premises registration, animal owners should know that the other components of NAIS are additional options for them when they’re ready to make

decisions about what level of participation best suits their needs.  

   January 31, 2009
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Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
"Although NAIS is voluntary right now in most States, and there are no federal regulations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has stated that it wants every single person who owns even one animal to be involved by 2009. The USDA is funding mandatory and coercive programs in some States, and the program is likely to continue expanding unless Congress and State legislatures put a stop to it."
"The NAIS does not distinguish between large corporate factory farms and the smallest family farm, pleasure horse owner, or the grandmother with a few laying hens. The NAIS will drive small and medium-size farmers and ranchers out of business, increasing the consolidation of our food supply into the hands of a few large, multinational corporations. The government is wasting your taxpayer dollars on a program that will lead to increased food prices and decreased quality."  

   January 31, 2009
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Legal Defense Fund Calls for Obama Administration to Permanently Stop USDA Animal Identification Rule


"FALLS CHURCH, Va. - (Business Wire) The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund called on the new administration to permanently halt a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rule that would effectively mandate the implementation of the first two stages of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for thousands of Americans.
The proposed rule, entitled the “Official Animal Identification Numbering Systems,” was published by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the Federal Register January 13. On Tuesday, the Obama administration ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulation until they can be reviewed.
“The APHIS regulation is further evidence of the department’s unrelenting effort to make a so called voluntary program mandatory, and it should be permanently stopped by the new administration,” said acting Fund president Pete Kennedy.

“This effort by the former Bush administration is yet another back-door attempt to circumvent the will of the U.S. Congress which has repeatedly failed to pass legislation making NAIS mandatory and the will of four separate state legislatures that have passed legislation explicitly prohibiting the mandatory implementation of NAIS,” said Kennedy."

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