My dog Milo has his own page here on the site.  I haven’t been as attentive to his column as I should have been, but he isn’t saying much these days anyway.  I am however concerned about the RFID chip that was forcibly inserted into his neck before I was allowed to bring him home.  No chip….no dog.  As Milo was a birthday gift from my close friends who wanted so much to replace my beloved springer spaniel, Millie who died after 16 years, I had no choice but to accept Milo with the tracker in him.

I realize that after the disasterous Katrina, that thousands of pets went unclaimed or were never found.  I can surely see how this little chip would be useful in locating him should we become seperated for any reason, but something about not having a choice about the matter bothered me……so off I went researching what I could find about tracking pets…….which led me to CAFTA…..which led me to other things I wish I didn’t know.

Under provisions of CAFTA, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) was established.  Please note that NAIS says ANIMALS, not “family pets” etc.  CAFTA sets up a system whereby every animal located any place in the CAFTA countries must be chipped and tracked from “FARM to FORK” (please don’t eat your pets)  Every chicken, pig, cow, horse, duck, goose, turkey or any animal kept as a pet or potential food source must be RFID’d and a fee must be paid per head, for food sources. 

The average fee per head of chicken is $14.00 and the price goes up for the fee per livestock type. 

This means that family farmers, people who raise a few chickens for their eggs or meat, who might raise a couple of hogs for slaughter, or beef, or whatever your choice is, must pay this fee to continue to have these animals (food resources) that must now be tracked in order to protect the national food supply….”national security” of course.  The government wants to be able to account for what you have, where it is, and whether or not you have consumed it or it just died.  And you must provide proof!

Supposedly this is all being done so that the unhealthy animals don’t enter the food supply.  So if I have this right, we can import tainted food including fish from China, Viet Nam and other countries,  and continue to deal with them without forcing them to subject their animals to this system or inspecting or registering their livestock, but home growers here must submit?  Growing for private use will not interfer with the national food stock.

Reading on through the NAIS system I found that private use growers must pay the fee per head up to 30,000 head.  Do the math on that one!  This is of course, unless you are a corporate AG food producer…..then, after you reach the 30,000 mark….and they all do!…you pay a fee only for ONE head.  This means if you have 20 chickens you keep for your families use it will cost you $280.00 per year to register them, most likely forcing you to get rid of them (or hopefully it will).  BUT! if you are a big corporate AG business you will pay only the orignal $14.00 as though you have only one chicken.  The same goes for cows, pigs etc.  Oh! And big AG doens’t have to have all their livestock located in one place, it can be spread over various farms in various states and thats okay!

How many of you out there who grow for private use have received the Agricultural Census and dutifully filled it out?  Then had agents come to your farm or home and demand that you RFID the animals and pay the fees?  Believe me it is happening.  When the Agricultural Census comes……put it in the trash where it belongs.  It is none of the governments business what you are growing for your own use.

Why do they want to know?

Experts all over the world are predicting a food crisis this summer.  This is not an accidental incident.  This has been very carefully set into motion.  The food crisis will not affect just third world countries somewhere “over there”.  Its set to happen right here at home as it spreads around the globe.  Consider these things:

We entered the Civil Assistance Plan with Canada last month in anticipation of the coming food crisis predicted to hit the east coast first.  Canada’s military are training now to patrol our streets.

CAFTA attempts to control all food and animal production even for private non-commercial use by RFID’ing all livestock……so that it can be located, confiscated and most likely destroyed.

Congress is now advocating using the United Nations mandate of “Stamping out”…..meaning they can claim your little chickens have some kind of disease that is a threat (you have no way of proving they don’t) and not only kill of your little flock but every living animal in large radius around your property.  Same goes if they say a wild animal has some mysterious disease…….they can now kill off every bird and animal and fish stock in the area……all to protect you of course!  And leave you without any source of food other than what they give you. If they give you…..

The Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (Patriot 2) makes it a felony to have any more than a weeks worth of food or supplies in the event of a national emergency…..which can be declared at any time by the president even if he is the only one to perceive one. (Congress can’t review the decision for six months)

So why was my Milo chipped?  I have no intentions of consuming him for any reason.  Because it is widely accepted that people are emotionally tied to their pets and this was a test run and desensitizer to get us all accustomed to the idea of RFID tracking and chipping…….even in our own bodies.  If they could get us to willingly chip our beloved pets by showing us all the lost and unclaimed pets after Katrina, we aren’t far from allowing them to do the same to our children and our selves. 

Milo’s chip is registered to me.  Even if I left here, that I would leave him behind is unlikely.  Locate his chip and you have located me.  Unless of course I can find someone to remove it for me. 

Marti Oakley (c) 2008