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Jauson King Riding Her Steer Across Iowa to Protest NAIS (National Animal Identification System)

12 June 2007 at 9:42:13 AM

She's riding the steer to tell Iowans why she opposes a national animal identification system, or NAIS. This government system would force farmers to keep track all of their animals at all times, by using tags, microchips or other means. King says that would be expensive. "NAIS violates many of our constitutional rights and it's very important that our constitution stays intact. It's also important that our small farms maintain their rights."

Right now, the NAIS program is voluntary here in Iowa. It's mandatory in other states like Michigan and Wisconsin. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the program is designed to help track sick animals and keep them from getting into the food chain. King says, "Our system here that are intact are working. Everything we're doing is working and we really don't know why the USDA wants it. Nobody's figured it out yet."

State agriculture officials say a mandatory national animal identification system would probably only happen after a major outbreak of livestock illness.

Were the NAIS to be fully implemented as first proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jauson would have to register her premises with the federal government and be assigned a premises number, as would every other person who owns livestock animals. Then she would have to “tag” each livestock animal on her ranch, most likely with a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID), as would every other owner of livestock animals. Then she would have to notify the federal government - within 24 hours - every time a tagged animal is moved off the premises, as would every other livestock owner.

It's voluntary, sort of, in Texas right now.

The USDA has now abandoned its mandatory time-line, and announced that the program is “voluntary,” but few ranchers believe that it will stay voluntary. Even while it is voluntary, the USDA is providing funding to states that make the program mandatory, and is promoting coercive measures that “require” registration in the program before animal owners can participate in certain other programs. For example, many 4-H and Future Farmer students are being told that they must register in the NAIS before they can show their animals at the county fair.

Jauson knows this program is an invasion of her private property rights. She knows its implementation will erode the U.S. Constitution. She also knows that the only way to reverse the program is to alert and educate fellow citizens. That’s why she is undertaking this arduous mission. She hopes to speak to students and citizen groups along the way. She welcomes invitations to meet with reporters along the way, and to talk with farmers, ranchers, county commissioners, and anyone else who will listen.

P.S. Steve King from Iowa is proposing a NAIS system, he just doesn't want it run by the government.Um, since it's still using RFID chips to register animals does it matter if the government does it or a private entity?

Iowa ’s U.S. Congressman Steve King has spoken out about the need for a mandatory, nationwide animal identification system, but not one that’s operated by the government as has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Recently, King introduced H.R. 3170, called the Livestock Identification and Marketing Opportunities (LIMO) Act, which would instead establish a producer-controlled national identification system for the livestock industry that would be run by stakeholders serving on a board whose original duties would be to establish and maintain the livestock identification system.

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1 - anon   20 Oct 2008 @ 8:10:04 AM 

she didn't ride very far,, 2 whole towns.

what she did was park her truck in the parking lot of a shopping center and show off. then drove to the next spot,, she managed to get 4 locations before she dropped out and gave up

2 - kindy   2 Dec 2008 @ 9:13:49 PM 

oh yeah.. well shut up!

3 - jauson king   3 Dec 2008 @ 2:04:04 AM 

Who ever posted the orignal post was very miss informed. Yes, I did have to drive rather than ride from town to town due to the fact my driver backed out less than a week before I was to leave. This fact changed my entire rout. I hit well over 4 stops. I had 3 TV  interviews daily, with local papers and countless radio along the way. I did all I could do to educate those in Iowa about NAIS. I wish I could have stuck to the orignal rout.. however when those who promise to be there and support you fail, you do the best you can. I promise you that I bathed in the cattle washers in fair grounds after dark (so no one saw me) and slept next to my Longhorn steer Freedom for over a month. Way more than 4 stops.

When my driver backed out and I could no longer "ride" the ride I had to make a choice. Keep my word about a long ride, or keep my word about educating people about NAIS. I choose to do the best I could alone, on the road with letting people know what NAIS is, and what is planed. I still work with in the state of Iowa doing this, and I feel that I let no one down, as many counties did pass a resolution agaisn't NAIS due to my efforts and the efforts of Freedom, my wonderful Longhorn Steer.

Jauson & and Freedom

4 - salon   3 Dec 2008 @ 6:13:27 AM 

I love that you did this. The more attention, in any way, that NAIS is drawn attention to, the better. Thank you for what you did!

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5 - Willow   8 Aug 2011 @ 7:49:56 PM 

anon..... i am will ta bet dollars to donuts  you  would never even attempt to  get on  that steer!!!!, don't be  a hater 

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