TAKE ACTION: Call our Arkansas Senators Lincoln and Pryor. Ask to speak to the
staffer who handles agricultural issues, not just the front desk!
MESSAGE: I do not want the NAIS included in the Farm Bill or any other
bill. I want funding for the NAIS to be stopped.
Additional talking points are at the end of this alert. Pick the issues
that matter most to you, and explain why NAIS will hurt you and your
Your Senators: Go towww.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
or call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121
or toll free at 877-851-6437
* Please take out any provision for NAIS in the Farm Bill. Also remove section 10305 from the bill.
* NAIS will hurt our economy:
• There still is no cost-benefit analysis of NAIS. USDA has only
recently requested one from Kansas State University
. The study is unlikely
to be a thorough or unbiased study, given that Kansas State
established a federally-funded Animal Identification Center.
• Costs of the program include the cost of the tags, hardware,
software, time and labor
• Many small farmer and ranchers cannot afford these costs
• Service providers (veterinarians, feed stores, auction houses, meat
processors, etc.) will be harmed when the farmers and ranchers go out
• Remaining farmers will pass the costs on to consumers, adding to
* The USDA has provided no scientific proof show that NAIS will improve
• It does not address the cause, treatment, or transmission of
disease, in domestic or wild animals.
• It does not significantly improve on current methods for
identification and tracking of disease.
* NAIS is not necessary for the market. Age- and source-verification is
already available through the USDA's Process Verified Program
* NAIS will not improve food safety:
• USDA itself has stated that this is not a food safety program
• Contamination of food with e. coli and other bacteria occurs at the
slaughterhouse or afterwards, while NAIS will stop before that point.
* NAIS will not protect against terrorism:
• The microchips chosen by the state can be cloned, destroyed, or
infected with computer viruses, and reprogrammed. Any terrorist or thief
can use this.
• The database of information, created by the state agency and
available to USDA, will provide a target for hackers.
* NAIS infringes on people's constitutional rights, including due
process, privacy, and religious freedom.