NAIS - National Animal Identification System
UPDATE ON THE FARM BILL: CALL YOUR SENATORS!
The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the Farm Bill with
Section 10305, which defines NAIS and provides exceptions from
public disclosure for information collected under NAIS. This
section does not directly implement or mandate NAIS, but it does
imply Congressional approval of what the USDA has been doing.
The full Senate is expected to vote on the Farm Bill next week.
After that, it will go to a conference committee with both
Senators and Representatives. Also, sometime in the next two
months the Senate will vote on the Agriculture Appropriations
bill, which provides funding for NAIS. So the first priority is
to pressure our Senators to take NAIS out of the Farm Bill on the
floor. The second priority is to educate both the Senators and
the Representatives about the problems with NAIS generally and the
need to stop funding.
1) Call or fax both of your Senators immediately. You can find
contact information for your Senators at
MESSAGE 1: Take Section 10305 out of the Farm Bill because it
implies approval of USDA's implementation of NAIS. Section 10305
also provides false reassurance that the information in the
databases will be confidential, when experience has shown that
information in databases is vulnerable to both hackers and
Some reasons NAIS needs to be stopped, not encouraged:
* There is no evidence that it will improve animal disease
* It will not increase food safety, because food contamination
happens at the slaughterhouses and processing plants
* It will cost billions of dollars that individual farmers and
our economy cannot afford
* USDA's implementation of the program, through funding of
state programs, has resulted in fraudulent and coercive methods
being used to increase registrations.
* Regardless of the protections in the bill, having the
government or private entities compile this information leaves us
open to harassment or worse by people who hack into that database
or use the information for purposes other than what is intended.
MESSAGE 2: Congress should stop funding NAIS because it is an
expensive and intrusive program that will not actually improve
animal health or food safety. Email the staffer a copy of the
letter that the Liberty Ark Coalition sent to the Agriculture
Appropriations Subcommittees - you can find it at
2) Call or fax your Representative. You can find contact
information for your Representative at
the same message as for your Senators.
For more information on NAIS, go to
www.farmandranchfreedom.org, or contact
HELPFUL HINTS FOR CONTACTING LEGISLATORS
If you are calling your Senators, and don't have unlimited
long-distance, here are some toll-free numbers for the Capitol
Remember to ask to speak to the staffer who handles agricultural
issues. If he or she is not available, leave a detailed voice
mail message, including the fact that you are a constituent and
your phone number.
If you prefer to write a letter, it is best to FAX the letter to
your Senator or Representative. Because of security measures,
letters mailed to DC take weeks or months to get there. If you
can't fax, then either mail a letter to the local district office
or use email. With email, we recommend that you follow up with a
call, to make sure the email does not simply get overlooked. (Or
just use the talking points above and call.)
I oppose Section 10305 of the Farm Bill because it implies
approval of the USDA's National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
NAIS has never been approved or even debated by either branch of
Congress and few members of the Senate or House know the details
of the program. The USDA has not provided any scientific basis
for this "feel good" program that will cost farmers and taxpayers
billions of dollars, resulting in irreparable harm to independent
agriculture in this country. Although USDA claims the program is
voluntary, it has funded coercive and misleading methods used by
both states and private entities to force people to participate.
I urge you to remove section 10305 from the Farm Bill and to stop
funding for NAIS.
City, State Zip
MORE INFORMATION ON NAIS IN THE FARM BILL
Section 10305 of the Farm Bill, as approved by the Senate
Agriculture Committee, amends the Animal Health Protection Act to
(1) insert a definition of NAIS; and (2) provide various
exceptions from public disclosure for information collected under
NAIS. The inclusion of Section 10305 represents a tacit approval
of NAIS, which is a very serious problem for the grassroots
opposition to NAIS. But it is not a complete adoption of NAIS,
nor does it mandate NAIS directly. Section 10305 represents a
battle in this war against NAIS, but it is not a decisive battle
for either side. It's critical that we keep working to educate
all the Senators and Representatives about NAIS, and why it is the
wrong thing for America.