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Nice Pootie you got there. You need to fill out these papers. Or perhaps you'd like to call in, as this is being discussed right now, and possibly voted on today.

Premises registration: Every person who owns even one horse, cow, pig, chicken, sheep, goat, deer, elk, bison, or virtually any livestock animal, will be forced to register their home, including owner's name, address, and telephone number, and keyed to Global Positioning System coordinates, in a government database under a 7-digit "premises ID number."

Keep writing......

Animal Identification: Every animal will have to be assigned a 15-digit ID number by the government. The form of ID will most likely be a tag or microchip containing a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID), designed to be read from a distance. (Plan, p. 10; Standards, pp. 6, 12, 20, 27-28.) The plan may also include collecting the DNA of every animal and/or a retinal scan of every animal. (Plan, p.13.)

Hey, where's Pootie? Look under the couch.

Pootie looks a little peked. Better take him to the vet...
Oh wait Dear, we have to call USDA first.

Animal Tracking: The owner will be required to report: the birthdate of an animal, the application of every animal's ID tag, every time an animal leaves or enters the property, every time an animal loses a tag, every time a tag is replaced, the slaughter or death of an animal, or if any animal is missing. Also, every time an animal goes onto or off of another person's premises, a report would be required, showing that the tagged animal had been on each of these other premises. Such events must be reported within 24 hours. (Standards, pp. 12-13, 17-21.)

Otherwise, we could be putting our dear Dr.Vet at risk!

Third parties, such as veterinarians, will be required to report "sightings" of animals who do not have ID numbers. (Standards, p. 25.) In other words, if a farmer or rancher calls a vet to their property to treat an animal, and the vet finds any animal without the mandatory 15-digit computer-readable ID, the vet may be required to report that non-compliance.

Honey, it's just Pootie, our only child!

There are no exceptions; under the USDA plan; livestock owners will be forced to register and report even if they raise animals only for their own food or keep horses for draft or for transportation.

Dear, we HAVE to call...we cannot afford to be fined...

The USDA will exercise "enforcement" against livestock farmers who don't comply. (Standards, p. 7; Plan, p. 17.) As an example of what can be expected, the proposed Texas regulations for mandatory premises registration provide for fines of up to $1,000 per day and criminal penalties.  All above blockquotes.

Sweetie, I am outraged! What can I do?

Follow the Money?
 Read all about it? Call my Humanoid Critter and say please support Ron Paul's amendment?

The amendment will be considered Thursday, May 18th, 2006 so there is still time to contact your US House Represenatives.. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 225-3121 And ask them to vote for the Paul amendment to HR 5384!
Choke the funding, before NAIS chokes Pootie! Ok, ok, I know. Livestock. It's a trick to get people to read and call, ok?

Originally posted to emmasnacker on Thu May 18, 2006 at 06:40 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Do it for Pootie, and Rover, (8+ / 0-)

    and Bossy, and the Old Grey Mare. And Billy Goat, and Peter Rabbit.......

  •  I have been posting comments (6+ / 0-)

    about this for months, here and otherwhere, and beside piling up karma, have gotten nowhere. This is going to spell bankruptcy for small and family farmers, and cause serious harm to local food producers, without ANY noticeable benefit to the safety or security of the food supply.

    the time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things....

    by farmerchuck on Thu May 18, 2006 at 07:31:11 AM PDT

    •  I know, and appreciate you! (3+ / 0-)
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      Halcyon, willers, Lashe

      I think it was a link of yours that first alerted me to the story.
      Unfortunately, if people don't farm, or live around farming communities, they seem slow to connect eating with the production of food. And even when that connection is made, they have no idea what it is like to try to run a small, sustainable farm.  How about a "Day in the life of farmerchuck" diary?

    •  I'll go back to being a vegan if this (2+ / 0-)
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      emmasnacker, willers

      passes (after stewing my chickens). I've already received the demand to identify my farm (which I did not return).

      Emma: be fair: this doesn't include cats & dogs, or else there'd be real opposition to it.

      •  as written (2+ / 0-)
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        emmasnacker, Halcyon

        It does indeed include pets (at least as of 3 weeks ago)

        the time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things....

        by farmerchuck on Thu May 18, 2006 at 08:15:17 AM PDT

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        •  to go one step further (1+ / 0-)
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          last time I thoroughly read this, strict interpretation called for even house pets to be so tagged, if they were ever to leave the house....but not pet fish, they WERE excluded.

          the time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things....

          by farmerchuck on Thu May 18, 2006 at 08:53:49 AM PDT

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          •  Amusing e-mail exchange on this (1+ / 0-)
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            I wrote...
            And in case you still don't, or don't read down that this
            paragraph. snip...some text from bill...

            she replied
            >>I think they are getting a little rediculous.....what about goldfish?

            I said: I dont know about goldfish...or Koi either.
            ps, you call yet? I just spoke to Boucher's aide, who took the bill number,looked it up, and said he'd alert the Congressman.  They have far too much
            crap to wade through. This may be one that he is unaware of the particulars,and could let slip by.  Just ask for Boucher's office, and a nice guy will answer the phone. Tell him how outraged you are that they forgot to include fish in the National Animal Identification System, and until they are included, you do not want this thing implemented.

            she replied:

            also, what if a snapping turtle eats my Koi....will that be the same as microchipping the turtle?


            •  first off (2+ / 0-)
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              emmasnacker, Halcyon

              thanks for the nice words. sometimes it feels like no one is reading comments. I have called (multiple times) , and am contacting through farm bureau. the turtle would not be chipped, as the chip must be injected through the epidermis (more shame that tho' can you imagine them getting all these stray rfid sigs from every wild animal in the US...These days, you take your humor where you can. If anyone thinks my small farm statements were hyperbole, at a retail cost of $18/chip (current lowest price) and a registration fee of $5/animal (industry suggestion, and they will be running this thing), my small farm will cost 11-12,000 initially, and 6000/year maintenance. directly to the agribusiness I compete with.

              the time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things....

              by farmerchuck on Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:34:10 AM PDT

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      •  I did write (1+ / 0-)
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        Ok, ok, I know. Livestock. It's a trick to get people to read and call, ok?

        But I did read a version that included dogs. I have to go to work, but I'll see if I can find it when I get home. Damn, work interferes with my life!

  •  Done! (0+ / 0-)

    Just got off the phone with Rick Larsen's (WA) staffer in DC. She didn't know how he was going to vote but said she'd get back to me.

    "It's uterUS, not uterYOU!" - Homer Simpson

    by fiddlingnero on Thu May 18, 2006 at 07:52:54 AM PDT

  •  you say your husband thinks he's anne elk? (1+ / 0-)
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    why don't you do something about it?

    we'll stand him up against a wall and pop goes the weasel /rufus t. firefly

    by 2nd balcony on Thu May 18, 2006 at 08:01:37 AM PDT

  •  ponies won't go along with this program (1+ / 0-)
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    they are wild and free, wild and free.

  •  No pooties, but microchipping all dogs (1+ / 0-)
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    is soon to become law in New Zealand - it's supported by the center-left coalition parties except the Greens, oddly enough, who failed (by a single vote, 61-60) to push through an amendment that would see only "dangerous" dogs chipped. As it is, all dogs registered after 1 July this year will be microchipped.

    Farmers lobbied for an exemption for farm dogs, primarily on cost - kinda laughable as they could be seen arriving at town meetings in their near-new luxury SUVs to complain about a few dollars a year.

  •  So if you take your dog for a walk (1+ / 0-)
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    you have to call in and report it.

    Amish farmers taking a buggy to church or into town will have to call in and report- wait a minute, most of them don't use phones. This could be a problem...

    Animal Tracking: The owner will be required to report: ... every time an animal leaves or enters the property...

    Which agency is fielding all of these calls? Their budget for this will be what, exactly?

    Mm-hmm. Thought so.

    Ignorance killed the cat. Curiousity was framed.

    by Lashe on Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:04:32 AM PDT

  •  any word (0+ / 0-)

    come down from on high yet?

    the time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things....

    by farmerchuck on Fri May 19, 2006 at 06:57:22 AM PDT

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