Amish balk at tagging livestock, call it 'the mark of the beast'
(Note: Any concerns that private property owners have are dismissed as being nothing more than Biblical, i.e., religious beliefs. The very real reasons for opposing such global control tactics are thus marginalized. To wit: language deception. Red bolding signifies Language Deception. Black bolding is especially interesting truth.)
September 24, 2005
By Chris Baldus firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-791-8256
The LaCrosse Tribune
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It's the "Mark of the Beast," say Amish farmers, and they want nothing to do with it.
"The Amish's feeling is that 'premises registration' may be Step One of a five-step project that may lead to the tagging and tracking of adults and children," said David Matthes, state chairman of the *Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA).
The state is requiring anyone raising livestock to register their premises, regardless of the operation's size.
The consortium of livestock industry groups handling the registration says it's the first of three steps to create a national tracking system to help contain, within 48 hours, breakouts of diseases like mad cow or foot and mouth.
"(The Amish say) it is the beginning of the mark of the beast, and our Bible has told us of the mark of the beast," said Matthes.
Some Amish farmers reached Friday say any computer-based tagging will cost people their salvation, and they referred to Revelations, chapters 13 and 14.
R-CALF USA and Amish farmers in the state are among those worried [that] a national livestock tracking system will require implantable computer chips and a national database.
Aside from the religious repercussions, some livestock producers also worry about privacy, higher operating costs and liability.
Livestock industry groups and state and federal officials are working toward creating the system to track diseased livestock to minimize heath and economic disaster.
"Bottom line, we cannot respond to an animal disease problem in a timely manner if we do not know where livestock are kept," said Robert Fourdraine, chief operating officer for the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium.
The first step is done. The Wisconsin Premises Registration Act goes into effect November 1, 2005.
Anyone with livestock -- regardless if they're raising fish, or dairy farmers, or a hobby farmer with one chicken -- are required to register.
To register, go to http://www.wiid.org, or call 1-888-808-1910 to get a form.
Farm Agency offices in the area also have forms available.
The effort does have supporters. "I registered so consumers have confidence and peace of mind, knowing our animals are healthy," said Kevin Larson, a Viroqua-area farmer, in a consortium press release.
The next two steps, according to the consortium, involve creating a computer-based way to track livestock and then make a database.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has authored a bill to create the tracking system, although he doesn't specifically call for implantable chips.
Matthes said such a system will not be cost effective and will hurt producers financially.
The existing tracking system -- which includes various tags, metal clips, tattoos and hot branding -- should be tested to see if it -- along with the new premises registration law in effect -- can offer the 48-hour tracking window being sought, he said.
He also said the existing system worked when cases of mad cow disease were found in Washington and Texas in recent years.
Copyright 2005, LaCrosse Tribune.
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WLIC – The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium; The WLIC is a multi-species effort led by Wisconsin’s livestock and industry organizations in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension. The Wisconsin Premises Registration Act is effective November 1, 2005. The rule requires anyone with livestock not currently licensed by the department to register by January 1, 2006. Those entities currently licensed by the department must register by their license renewal date. “Vision Statement:” WLIC will implement an animal identification and information system in Wisconsin following nationally established standards which supports the protection of animal health, and the economic infrastructure fueled by animal agriculture. WLIC will achieve this by fostering cooperation and understanding among species organizations, industry and consumer stakeholders, government agencies, and educational partners. “The right thing to do.” http://www.wiid.org What defines a premises? “Premises” includes farms and hobby farms; veterinary clinics; stables; livestock markets; livestock trucker and dealer premises where animals are kept; slaughter, rendering and dead animal plants; livestock exhibitions; and any other location where livestock is kept. What species must be registered? “Livestock,” as defined by the Wisconsin Premises Registration Act rules, includes aquaculture, bovine (bison, cattle), camelids (llamas, alpacas), cervidea (deer, elk, moose, caribou, reindeer, and the subfamily musk deer), equine (horses, donkeys, mules), goats, pheasants, poultry (chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowl), quail, ratites (rheas, ostriches, emu, cassowary, kiwi), sheep and swine. There is no charge for premises registration. There are three simple ways to register a premises: One can register a livestock premises at http://www.wiid.org by clicking on the link for WLIC Premises Registration. If you do not have computer access, call WLIC at 1-888-808-1910 to request a form. You may also register your premises through a WLIC Agent who may register on your behalf with your permission. For a list of WLIC Agents go to http://www.wiid.org DATCP will promote voluntary compliance until mandatory compliance on November 1, 2005. Penalties for violations are set by statute, equivalent to other animal health and food safety laws, generally ranging from $200 to $5,000 penalties. Also, an individual may not be compensated for indemnification (paid for animals put down) during a disease outbreak if they do not have a premises ID. Exhibiting, selling or slaughtering livestock from unregistered premises is prohibited if USDA mandates premises registration or all surrounding states impose the same prohibition. Registering a premises doesn’t obligate the premises to participate in the next steps of the plan (animal ID and animal tracking). USDA currently supports voluntary compliance; however, individual states may have other requirements. [IMPORTANT NOTE: Isn’t “voluntary compliance” an oxymoron, if you're "required to register"?] What is the next step? Many individuals have questions about the animal identification and animal tracking steps. The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and the states’ efforts are still in the planning stages for animal identification and animal tracking. Wisconsin’s efforts are primarily focused on premises registration. WLIC is currently working with different species and industry groups to advance animal ID and animal tracking through pilot projects. For more information about animal ID go to http://www.wiid.org, http://www.usaip.info or http://animalid.apis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml “Our greatest asset is the cooperation of many.” http://www.wiid.org/resource/1113418667_Premises%20Registration%20FAQ%20HORSE.pd f From another state and would like to register? http://www.wiid.org/index.php?action=infonew_links (IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a must-see URL. Just one item proves the global intent of this “voluntary” “American” program: The International Committee on Animal Recording (ICAR) http://www.icar.org All state links [takes you to the National Pork Producers Council, a clickable national map and this statement of chilling intent: “This interactive map allows users to link directly to a state's Animal Identification and Premises Registration website. U.S. pork producers should utilize this map to locate their state's official system and register their premises. NPPC supports the establishment of a national premises registration system for all relevant animal species by 2007, and encourages U.S. pork producers to register their premises as soon as possible. National premises registration is an essential step in establishing an effective National Animal Identification System.” http://www.nppc.org/hot_topics/premidstatesites2.html NPPC’s slogan: “The Global Voice for the U.S. Pork Industry” [IMPORTANT NOTE: This looks more like a “how-to” course for Judas goats intent upon global monitoring and thus, Global Control.]
*R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. R-CALF USA, a national, non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA’s membership consists primarily of cow-calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and feedlot owners. Its members -- over 12,000 strong -- are located in 44 states, and the organization has over 57 local and state association affiliates, from both cattle and farm organizations. Various main street businesses are associate members of R-CALF USA. For more information, visit http://www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516. Source: http://www.r-calfusa.com/News%20Releases/022205-wisconsin.htm