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Quick! Stop latest attempt to slip in NAIS!

May 24th, 2007

Since the Federal Reserve Bill was sneaked into law just before Christmas 1913, when many members had already left for the holiday, congress has had a history of sneaking through legislation and ramming it down an unwilling country’s throat.

A believable source just warned me that members of congress are trying to slip NAIS in at the last minute before the Memorial Day holiday by attaching it to the Country of Origin Labeling Bill now in the House Agriculture committee.

You need to call the following, and tell them you don’t want NAIS, and you sure don’t want it to be attached to the Country of Origin Labelling Bill. Urge them to vote against it:

  • Leonard Boswell — Livestock Subcommittee, House Ag Comm, (202) 225-3806
  • Collin Peterson — Chairman, House Ag Comm, (202) 225-2165

(I understand Collin Peterson is from Minnesota, and that there’s a big RFID chip manufacturer in his district, but don’t have time to check that out right now.)

If you don’t call today, it probably won’t do any good. Please—call now.

No NAIS! Not now, not ever!

Ag Committee Unanimously Supports Tennessee NAIS Bill

May 2nd, 2007

Click here for a copy of the NAIS bill that the Tennessee Ag Committee voted in favour of, unanimously, yesterday.

This bill is, of course, not perfect. It is, though, a step in the right direction.

Thank you very much to everyone for calling and emailing when we wrote to you and when we didn’t. Thank you for coming to the committee meetings, also.

There’s one more call we need you to make. Please, please call Rep. Frank Niceley’s office at (615) 741-4419 and thank him for working tirelessly against the NAIS.

Finally, A Vote!

April 26th, 2007

The moment we’ve been waiting for is at hand: the moment to hammer a nail in the head of NAIS in Tennessee.

The House Ag Committee will vote on Frank Niceley’s bill HB 976 this coming Tuesday, May 1, 2007. His bill would forbid any state funds to be spent on any animal identification system unless it is voluntary.

Last week, the Ag Committee heard debate on this bill and amended it in acceptable ways.

As the bill now reads, it provides that no state funds may be used for anything but a voluntary system and that a mandatory system can only be put in place on a Federal level. This coming week it is number one on the Ag Committee agenda.

On the Federal level, mandatory animal ID has failed and is failing for a variety of reasons.

We believe that a voluntary NAIS will fail because of high costs. Already, pro-NAIS forces in Tennessee have been brought to confusion and shame of face.

What do we need now?

Please call the members of the Ag Committee — at the very least, Steve McDaniel, Johnny Shaw, and Bill Dunn. Contact info for the Ag Committee members is available here. If you contact Rep. Litz, be sure to thank him for his cooperation so far.

Please remember that telephone calls have the greatest impact. Ask to speak to the representative himself. If you just cannot call, then fax. If you can’t fax, then e-mail, but remember that one call is worth a thousand e-mails.

Here’s what to say to them, in your own words. If you are ugly, shout or scream, curse, etc., you will hurt our cause. Rather, be polite but forceful, and know in advance what you are going to say so that you can keep it short and too the point.

  1. Tell him that you oppose the National Animal Identification system, and especially making it mandatory.
  2. Tell him that you are in favour of Representative Frank Niceley’s bill No. 0976 to forbid any state funds being used for anything except a voluntary animal identification system.
  3. Ask him to vote FOR Representative Niceley’s bill No. 0976 when the Agriculture Committee votes on Tuesday.

We have fought our way down a long, dusty road fighting NAIS. Please, when we stand this close to victory, don’t let up. Make those calls. Send those faxes and e-mails. Circulate this alert as widely as you can.

And pray God for victory.

NO NAIS! Not now, not ever!

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