Nat’l Action Alert – Say NO to Mandatory Electronic Animal ID by USDA

  • The1plantguy

    March 19, 2023 at 6:22 am

    Done ✅

  • Myst

    March 19, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Done! And shared.

  • AiNt-RiTe-Acres

    March 19, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Done… on behalf of others I noted that feeding oneself without government interference is a God given lawful right. That such requirements make it unnecessarily expense for all involved. That some religious groups do not permit the use of electricity or electronics and such a law would violate their constitutionally protected way of life. Furthermore any law that excluding them would automatically discriminate and punish those whom were of a different religious belief or lacking a belief. I followed up by asking them to cease and desist.

    May not do any good but hey it might open the door for someone seeking to sue later on because they’ve been warned of the violations that would occur.

  • Squashmania

    March 19, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    The following was my response to this proposal. Thank you for the link. I didn’t read the proposal completely before responding, however the core of my message is congruent.

    Thank you for posting the link. Buckle up. I paraphrased Joel Salatin at one point.

    I am a private small midwestern grower, and this goal is ludicrous, exorbitant, untenable, and cumbersome. I do NOT agree with this proposal. DO NOT PLACE THIS into law. DO NOT have a “trial group”. Please DO read on. It places additional burden of time, cost, and accounting squarely on the farmer, and undue additional stress on the animals, not to mention the dreaded “red tape” effect, which slows the productivity of everything it touches.

    There are relied-upon methods to account for one’s stock; ear tags, brands, segregated groups; the list goes on. These previously listed identifiers can all be seen by the naked eye. Howr many shysters will claim that their stock is “e-tagged”, when they are not? There are just too many opportunities for obfuscation and misleading.

    This proposed identification would put undue strain on an already fragile supply chain. What happens when it is the allotted time to “chip” your stock, but the chips are on backorder? How often has THAT happened to you in the last two years? It took my neighbors 22 weeks to get a couch. Really. And these are electronic devices, which can break, cease to function and be counterfeited, never mind having (and not losing) a correctly functioning reader. Would this require a USDA annual inspection and seal? Any implanted device carries the inherent risk of concomitant infection.

    In order to accurately position such a device the animal would need to be “handled”, which, when in large groups, requires infrastructure, multiple people multiple hours to coordinate, with typically heavy machinery. If you think this is “no big deal”, see what it takes for a bison rancher to place ear tags and give a vet exam. Have you ever had a bison burger? It is totally delicious.

    Now on the other end of the spectrum, when would every rabbit produced also be required to have this tagging method? They are a livestock species that is farmed and consumed. The idea of, “where we go one, we go all”, is ringing in my head, and the slippery slope that is being proposed is very dangerous. Livestock is different than a treasured pedigreed dog that could be lost.

    My sister breeds pedigreed dogs. They are “tagged” prior to sale. It is not a small process. Besides placement of this chip, there is an electronic “back end” component to this. She is placed as primary and the purchaser is placed as secondary on the chip memory, which requires computer programming. All these steps have a cost; money and time. This is where a cost-benefit analysis for a litter of 8 puppies makes sense, but for a herd of hundreds, or even thousands, is ludicrous.

    Once processed, would these “e-tags” be removed and recycled? Would they be placed back into circulation? Yet another step and more costs, which sounds like an impending problem for the leather industry.

    Do not underestimate the “average” farmer’s intelligence in comprehending the behemoth that this law would create.

    This idea has been adopted by people who are disconnected from their food sources, and have no idea the volume of animal stock that is required to feed such a large populace. I wonder if any person drafting this proposal has been to a CAFO lot? I highly doubt it. I wonder if any farmer was part of drafting this proposal? I also very much doubt that.

    I will reiterate that I do NOT support this proposal.

    • Tin-Foil-Tiara

      March 19, 2023 at 2:27 pm

      Not to mention if you can’t get it chipped, wouldn’t that give them an excuse to say, “You are not complying and we are confiscating your animals.”??
      Edit: Done and shared, btw.


        March 19, 2023 at 2:36 pm

        Yes they probably could, but if they electronically ID your animals they could say they cause to much carbon and take them anyway. These people are evil and evil does not have a heart. Resist them.

      • Tin-Foil-Tiara

        March 19, 2023 at 2:42 pm

        Yeah, that too *face*

    • Squashmania

      March 21, 2023 at 2:33 pm

      I bounced this off a bison farmer I follow, and he said he used “Eid’s” periodically and liked them. This I felt was short sighted and potentially detrimental down the line. I will state that he used to be a teacher, so thinking along the party line probably feels ok to him.

  • BiggKidd

    March 19, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Yep and it’s past time to live and ignore the dumbasses in power.


    March 19, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    That’s right if you want it stop start resisting. They keep pushing these crazy programs because people won’t oppose them.

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