NAIS & Who to Contact
The Texas state info phone number is 512-463-4630.
You wonder why they don’t use some of our tax money for an 800 number. They can direct you to the legislator that represents your district. There is no single number because there are 32 districts in Texas.
Phone numbers to call are:
TX State info line to determine who your
representatives are 512-463-2000.
Gov. Rick Perry, 512-463-2000
I cannot find any fax numbers.
People can download this flyer which has info on NAIS as well as the contacts. Please take it to your feed store or garden center so they can pass it out.
POULTRY, LIVESTOCK AND HORSE OWNERS
4-H AND FFA PARTICIPANTS
ORGANIC AND LOCAL FOOD CONSUMERS
The USDA and the State of Texas plan to make every owner of even one horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, chicken, duck, turkey, pigeon, exotic livestock or exotic fowl, register in a government database and subject their property and animals to state and federal government surveillance.
TX House Bill 1361 authorizes the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to develop a plan that mirrors the USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
· EVERY HOMEOWNER with any animals must obtain a 7-digit USDA premises ID number keyed to global position system satellite surveillance coordinates, with all the property and owner’s information permanently stored in a database.
· EVERY ANIMAL must be tagged with a radio frequency tag or microchip, readable at a distance, bearing a 15-digit USDA ID number. The plan may include DNA sampling and/or retinal scans of animals.
· Owners must REPORT, WITHIN 24 HOURS, every animal birth, sale, death or slaughter, every missing animal, every placement or loss of an ID tag, and every time an animal enters or leaves the property (whether for a trail ride or participation in the county fair).
· Owners will be charged a $20 bi-annual fee to register premises. Fees for registering individual animals and reporting movement have not been determined. Non-compliance will result in fines of up to $1000 per day.
THIS PLAN WILL DRIVE SMALL FARMERS AND PRODUCERS OUT OF BUSINESS AND DISCOURAGE CITIZENS FROM RAISING ANIMALS FOR FOOD OR PLEASURE.
PLEASE HELP STOP THE TEXAS AND USDA PLAN
· Due to feedback, TAHC postponed approval that would have made premises registration mandatory effective July 2006. Unless we convince our TX elected officials this is a mistake, TAHC will approve the regulations at their May 4 meeting.
· Immediately email your state and national senators and representatives urging them to make this program voluntary at the very least. Email Governor Perry as well. Let them know your vote is at stake.
· Send your comments to the TAHC and the secretary of the USDA.
· Do not register your premise before required. This will be viewed as support.
· Tell your friends and neighbors of this pending threat to civil liberties.
Read the USDA’s “Draft Program Standards” and “Draft Strategic Plan” at www.usda.gov/nais.
Read TAHC’s proposed regulations at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/.
For more information and to find your elected state officials go to http://www.dirtdoctor.com/