The agriculture appropriations bill is expected to be voted on the House
floor this week. Congressman Ron Paul has introduced an amendment to block
funding for the National Animal Identification System. The amendment will
probably be voted on late Wednesday afternoon or evening.
This is a great opportunity to stop NAIS. If the funding is cut off, then
the USDA cannot continue to give grants to state agencies to promote and
implement the program!
Please call your Congressman today! We do not have much time to rally
support for Ron Paul's amendment, so it is critical that everyone take
action without delay.
The Capitol Switchboard number (202) 225-3121. If you don't know who to
call, go to
and enter your zip code in the box on the left-hand side of the
screen. Your official's contact information will be provided.
Ask him/her to vote for Ron Paul's Amendment to HR 5384 to block funding for NAIS because (choose a couple of reasons you think most appropriate, or
use your own):
1. NAIS will be too costly and burdensome for farmers and ranchers.
2. NAIS invades the privacy of every American who owns even one livestock
animal, whether a horse, pet pot-bellied pig, chicken, cow, goat, sheep,
3. NAIS will not protect us against disease or bioterrorism because
(a) it does not address the causes of disease;
(b) it does not address how diseases are transmitted;
(c) we already have sufficient means of tracking diseases and controlling
(d) the recommended technology (ISO radiotags) can be easily reprogrammed,
so that it is ineffective against intentional introductions of disease.
4. NAIS will greatly expand the government bureaucracy, at the cost of
individuals' rights and the free market.
5. NAIS will raise the cost of food, while not providing any additional
6. NAIS has been developed by the USDA without Congressional hearings or
debate, and without any real involvement of the tens of thousands of
individuals who will be affected.
If you have questions about this action alert, please contact Judith McGeary
Please call now. And forward this alert to all of your contacts, so that we
can create the support we need for Congressman Paul's amendment!
Judith McGeary (Austin, TX Chapter Leader)
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
If you wish to join Judith's mailing list on NAIS, please go to