Sugar Coated Control....I went to a Camelid site-a nice site, but I gotta tell ya, this NAIS is scary to me. The site offers a survey, which is obviously one-sided, but question #14 was the kicker! The NAIS is already getting their "volunteer" information from the stores you buy feed, your website and your local organizations...all without your consent.* #14 on this particular "survey" was ' How much are you willing to pay to have your animal (each of them including dog, barn cat, etc) tracked for the life of that animal? It started with $1 and went up from there~odd, there was no place to check "I am NOT willing to pay anything". *The reason behind the collection of information from basically anywhere they can get it, is that some states are using it to show how much people SUPPORT the National Animal Identification program.
The following is from the Boston Globe:
Some chicken imports from China proposed
Critics cite fear over bird flu
By Libby Quaid, Associated Press January 28, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is seeking to allow importing of poultry processed in China, where thousands of birds and several people have died from bird flu.
Critics are urging the department to drop the proposal, and the US industry is raising concerns about how it would affect consumers' perception of chicken safety. The United States does not import poultry from countries where the virulent bird flu strain is present.
Under the department's proposal, the United States still would not accept Chinese chickens. China would have to process poultry slaughtered in the United States or other countries from which it accepts poultry.
The industry did not ask for the proposal, National Chicken Council spokesman Richard Lobb said. Chicken companies test every flock in the nation to reassure people that chicken is safe to eat.We want to IMPORT chicken from China, but we need to monitor every goat, sheep or dog???? How is this protecting us from ANYthing??O, and did you know that the proposal includes FINES if you do not report that you gave away your goat? One post said $1000., so this is nothing to sneeze at. If America is to be protected how about helping the small farmers and those of us who just want to raise our own food...stay tuned and see who is supposed to fund this program!