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Is a Basset a Farm Animal?

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This was sent to me last night by my sister. I thought it was a joke at first but then actually found many articles on the net about this NAIS program!! So....would they consider our Bassets a farm animal? :eek:

This article appeared on the Jim Hightower web site Monday, March 20,2006. I thought you might be interested in discovering what is going on. If this was a joke it would be funny, but unfortunately, its more controls on our freedom.


You¹ll be excited to learn that your government is protecting you with a new surveillance program!

It¹s the National Animal Identification System, authorized by the Patriot Act, but being implemented by the U.S. department of agriculture. This thing will compel every owner of even one cow, horse, pig, goat, sheep, llama, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or any other form of livestock to be registered in a federal database and to have each and every one of their animals tracked 24/7, from birth to death.

By ³every² owner, I don¹t merely mean the commercial producers with big herds and flocks. NAIS¹s database will also include old granny who keeps one laying hen in the backyard, city dwellers with a pot bellied pig, families who own a riding horse, someone with a pet goat or goose--everyone.

And by ³tracked,² l mean that every home, farm, horse stable, country fairground, pigeon coop, or other location that has as many as one of these animals on it will be compelled to register with the government and get a ³Premise ID.² It will include not only the name, address, phone number, and other personal data on the owner, but also the GPS coordinates of the premises for constant satellite monitoring. The owner will pay an annual fee for the privilege of registering their premises.

Second, owners will be required to have every single one of their animals implanted with RFID tags for constant tracking. Another fee will be assessed for this. There¹s also a time tax, for owners must report, within 24 hours, all animal ³events²-births, deaths, or any trips off the premises. Go to the vet, a horse show, or take your kid¹s chicken to the county fair, and you must report... or be subject to a stiff fine.

This is Jim Hightower saying...I¹m told that the people who created NAIS did exempt jackasses-because they didn't want to put a chip in their own hides! To fight this insanity, go to
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Hmmmm...well, that's kinda crazy! I can understand voluntary chipping, if you are concerned that your pet will run off, get stolen or lost; I wonder if this is a reaction to the bird flu & mad cow disease, etc? :confused:
This is crazy! :mad:
We have chipped our pets and I say that is good enough. We don't need satellite monitoring our pets as well. Someone with a deep pocket is lobbying a politician to pass this law. I hope it's not true.
(don't forget that people have been monitored by the government).
With all these extra money, we can make a donation to all basset rescues across US, that will make a better use of the money.
This program is primarily in response to Mad Cow Disease concerns. . .and in the near future, Bird Flu. If anyone's interested, there's info from the horse's mouth here:


While many stock owners who raise food just for family use, and small, local (natural) food producers are very concerned about this program/law, given the modern global economy and the need to track every diseased food animal back to its origins, this law is probably unavoidable.

Unless Basset Hounds start showing up in grocery stores in those little plastic trays, I doubt we're going to have anything to worry about. . .at least as far as registering our pets with the feds is concerned anyway.

[ March 22, 2006, 07:09 PM: Message edited by: Debbie Hatt ]
Consider that a typical McDonald's hamburger has meat from somewhere around 1000 cows ...

Then consider the chaos, should Mad Cow actually become widespread ...

And I think this plan begins to make a little more sense.

The real solution, however, is to regulate factory farming, where thousands of cows (or hogs or chickens) are trying to live literally stacked on top of one another, pooping on one another, etc.

But that won't happen.

And Debbie's right --- until bassets show up in the deli case, your sogs are safe.
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Sorry Biscuit but I have to disagree about this plan even remotely making any sense. What is the purpose of all this (w/in the Patriot Act no less) when there cannot possibly be enough manpower or technology to appropriately monitor the masses? To me, and this is just my own personal opinion, it's just a bunch of nonsense of Big Brother. Okay - enough from me. "Good night and good luck"...! ;)
Well, as you know, Ruby says "moooo" alot.
Lynn, consider that factory farming has a very powerful lobby --- meaning they're not going to change because they got the money to make sure no one will legislate they have to change. And it makes more sense how this came about. It's about CYA more than anything else.

Believe me, I'm not in support of the act. If we were in the same situation as existed only a few years back, where all the meat in a hamburger came from a single cow or all the chicken in a McNugget came from a single chicken (or two), it wouldn't be necessary.

That's not how it is, though. And the powers that be should instead be regulating factory farming --- but hahaha! Like that's going to happen.

Does that make more sense?

I mean, it won't work anyway, but --- well, but it serves to CYA.
Totally understand what you're saying. And there are a lot of great big fat A__es to cover!
Speaking of A--es duh Are they going to be electronicaly chip Jack A--es? :mad: After the above the rest is stupid politics and our money. What next #'s on our foreheads? Happy to be a slave for Tummy Boy.
:D I hope not to see our forehead with bar code ever!

Well...eventhough it is a really tough job in regulating factory farming, doesn't mean we have let it go and let these jacka**s get away with it. We shouldn't give up!
Perhaps, some good souls out there who still care and we need to support these folks. ;)
My small act of protest is to simply never buy their products --- which also means I don't eat fast food, but hey.

Besides the health and disease concerns, the factory farmers are polluting the rivers and ground water in many places. D**ned if I'm going to pay good money to support that.

So I buy free range, antibiotic-free, hormone free chicken at just a hair more cost than that scary stuff from the factories and --- well, and buffalo. :D The buffalo is also grass fed, antibiotic-free and hormone free. It's also more calorically dense so it takes much less to fill you up, while also being much lower in fat and cholesterol than beef.

And neither the chicken I buy or the buffalo is shot up with that ridiculous solution, so my dollar is going ONLY to the product itself, instead of water with whatever they feel like putting in that water. Try buying a commercial, factory farmed rump roast and see what's left after cooking it for a few hours in a crock pot or covered pan on the stove --- there will be a little meat and lots and lots of solution.

I know many people who've had to work in factory chicken plants. They can't eat chicken anymore, unless they themselves raise the chicken. They can tell you stories ... :eek: Major yuck.
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I'm the opposite way about chickens. I grew up on a farm and we butchered and cleaned our own chickens. Mom would fill up the freezer once or twice a year, and even after we got done doing our own chickens, Mom and I could not eat chicken for awhile, at least a month or two, but we had to do it to supplement our groceries, times were tough for us.

After I left the farm, it was a long time before I could even bear to cook a chicken, because of the smell. I haven't had to clean out a chicken house for years, but I can STILL smell hen-house--chickens, poo & feathers--when a chicken is cooking, unless it has a LOT of seasoning on it to disguise the smell. :(

I know someone's gotta prepare the chickens, but, phew, I'm glad it's not me anymore! Wouldn't mind the fresh eggs again, tho!

Canning veggies is MUCH more enjoyable.... :D Plus you don't have to wring their necks or chop off their heads. :eek: I don't miss that, either!
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Factory farmed chickens are a whole other ball of wax from farm raised.

The people I know who've worked in chicken factories are all farm people. The reasons they're grossed out and won't eat factory chicken isn't because they got grossed out by the slaughtering. It's because they saw first hand what goes on in these factories, how these chickens are raised, how sick these chickens are and what's in these chickens. It's gross far beyond slaughtering.
The government already regulates dog owners and in many places, cat owners, by requiring rabies shots and dog licenses and fining you for not complying. They know who has a dog and how many and how old and if you take your dog to the vet and he doesn't have a rabies tag/license, they report you. Government already intrudes into our lives and our privacy and our choices in every way they can and will continue to do so and escalate unless/until we do something about it.
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