The Significance of the NAIS
The Liberty Ark Coalition has created an eight-minute slideshow that describes the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). From Liberty Ark’s homepage:
"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"
It further entrenches property rights (which I didn’t think was possible), doesn’t make food safer (though that’s one of its goals), it doesn’t help animals and it takes government intrusion and control to new heights. Finally, it can easily be seen as a trial program that can be perfected for later use on humans.
At Liberty Ark’s site, you can learn more about the history of the NAIS and see what’s going on in your state and what you can do.
If you think this doesn’t affect you and your beliefs with regard to animals, think about this: animals will be chipped and their locations accessible by GPS. When chickens or pigs fall off a truck on the way to slaughter, and some person finds them and takes them to a sanctuary, the owner can easily find out where they are and may or may not retrieve them, but they’ll have the right to because the owner can identify the animals as their property.