Release Media Contact: Karin
Citizens Seek to
Raise Public Awareness of National Animal ID System (NAIS)
What is the National
Animal ID System (NAIS) and
Even if I Don’t Farm Why
Should I Care?
Lapeer, Mich. –
citizens of Lapeer County and surrounding counties, in conjunction with
Liberty Ark Coalition, are sponsoring two presentations, Friday September
29, and Saturday 30, to raise public awareness of what they claim is an
intrusive and unnecessary government program called the National Animal
Identification System (NAIS).
Karin Bergener, Esq.,
LAC Steering Committee member says, “If current USDA premises ID
registration and electronic animal ID registration plans are fully adopted
and implemented, the likely outcome of NAIS is that animal ownership will be
increasingly limited to large entities who can afford to comply and who are
willing to accept the government intrusion. This “feel good” program will
do virtually nothing to safeguard animal health, its alleged purpose.”
A variety of other
concerns regarding NAIS have been expressed by the two groups, including
several farmers from the area that feel that NAIS will do all of the
small producers and their supporting suppliers (feed stores, auction houses,
etc.) out of existence.
people abandon raising animals for their own food and as pets.
Americans’ personal privacy to a degree never before tolerated.
Americans of their property rights.
the religious freedom of Americans whose beliefs make it impossible for them
American economy far more than it will deliver.
Two opportunities to
learn about NAIS are planned. The first will be a NAIS Panel Discussion on
Friday Sept. 29 at 6:30pm in the North Branch High School auditorium located
at 6598 Brush St., North Branch MI 48461 (1/4 mile S. of M-90).
Panelists include Ms.
Bergener, who has taken a lead role in presenting the potential impact of
NAIS on the USA’s small farmers and taxpayers. Representatives from MI
Dept. of Agriculture, MSU Extension, MI Farm Bureau, MI Pork Producers, MI
Holstein Assoc., MI Milk Producers Association, RCalf and local farmers have
been invited to participate as panelists. Local and state elected officials
are encouraged to attend.
On Saturday Sept. 30,
Karin Bergener will present two free NAIS lectures at the Growing
Connections 2006 Conference & Organic Harvest Festival at Springfield Oaks
County Park, 12450 Anderson Rd, Davisburg MI (Oakland Co. 4-H Fairgrounds).
The hour long presentations will be at 10:30 am and at 3:00 pm in the
Livestock Barn. Festival admission is $10; for festival information go to
and click on Growing Connections. For more information on NAIS go to
Any news organization
seeking interviews or additional information about the NAIS issue please
contact Karin Bergener or Marilyn Maasch, listed as media contacts. News
organizations are also welcome at the presentations; for Growing Connections
please report to volunteer check-in for admittance.