PRESS RELEASE

March 1st, 2006
From: Dickinson Cattle Co., Inc.

 
35000 Muskrat Rd.
Barnesville, OH 43713
Contact: Darol Dickinson
740 758-5050
information@dickinsoncattle.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has just announced a new meeting on March 23rd, so they can formally adopt mandatory registration requirements for every home, farm, ranch, etc. where ONE chicken, duck, goat, sheep, horse, cow, llama, etc. is kept.
(Note: The March 23rd meeting has now been postponed.)  

From: Darol Dickinson,
740 758 5050, Barnesville, Ohio 
&
Stephen Barackman,
Paris, Texas.
 
ATTENTION LIVESTOCK OWNERS:  The USDA is using the Texas State Veterinarian as a sacrificial experiment to see if the government can actually push a multi-billion dollar assessment onto every animal/livestock owner in the USA.  The following information details their fraudulent scheme. 
 
On Feb. 18 a meeting was held in Austin, Texas,  where 80 livestock owners "blew their stack" in a public meeting AGAINST the proposed NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (NAIS).  Dr. Hillman acknowledged their concern, and promptly went on with plans to adopt mandatory compliance---against the majority.
 
Dr. Hillman uses as a talking point, the highly publicized Newcastle disease event in California where it costs the USDA $160 million to eradicate 22 chicken farms.  Does he think we skipped first grade?  That is 7.27 Million dollars per chicken coop!  (Private enterprise could have done it for $10,000)  USDA. . . . . people don't buy your numbers!  Farmers and ranchers prefer to be lied to more professionally.  We have no sympathy about your inflated costs on 22 chicken coops!
 
NAIS is not about disease-----it is about complete federal control.  It is about 100% mandatory property and animal surveillance.  It is important that every livestock owner, trader, and breeder refuse NAIS premises registration.  If you have already signed up---demand that your property be removed from the surveillance list.
 
Sec. of Agriculture Mike Johanns is turning the wonderful animal disease control and historic beneficial services of every state veterinarian into a total tax collection and compliance enforcement.  It is sad that the wonderful and respected record of Dr. Hillman and other state veterinarians will unfortunately become a DIRTY HARRY dejavu, and the livestock owners will become the punished criminals.
From: Randy Givens
Paige, TX
 
This is NOT just about Farmers and Ranchers, it will be required for everyone who owns just ONE of any of the types of animals they are targeting. 
As of now, the proposed rules will also require registering locations where parakeets, cockatiels, parrots and any other kind of caged pet bird are kept.
Anyone who fails to register, or keep up their registration, may be fined up to $1,000 a day!

Copies of the Proposed Rules (without any exceptions for anyone) is at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/
December232005/PROPOSED/4.AGRICULTURE.html#3

Don't be misled by their wording.  This is NOT just about registering premises.  It is part of the National Animal Identification System NAIS), being pushed by Industrial Agriculture, using the USDA to get the job done.
TAHC has "upped the ante" in that they had previously said any action on this initiative was put off until May, then they said it was "postponed indefinitely."   Well, "indefinitely" just became March 23rd.!!
With the Rule Adoption meeting being moved up so fast, in spite of the overwhelming protests at their February 16th meeting, it appears obvious that the bureaucrats are dead set on adopting this mandatory registration on March 23rd.
In doing so, it also appears that TAHC intends to ignore the over 600 comments against their rules, along with ignoring the more than 80 people who spoke out against the Rules at their last meeting.  When they do so, it appears that they also intend to ignore the letters against the Rules, from Texas Representatives Hughes and Hupp, which were submitted at their last meeting.
Apparently, TAHC thinks it can bamboozle the Legislature into passing a law, then ignore the protests of the people of Texas as they push to expand their bureaucratic empire.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
  • Please call, write, and fax your State Representatives and Senators to join in the fight against this Animal Identification System (including Premises Registration).
  • Tell everyone you know about this outrage.
  • Tell your newspapers, radio, and TV stations to inform their readers, listeners, and viewers.  Tell them this is NOT just an agricultural issue, it affects hundreds of thousands of Texans.
  • Politicians are making public appearances all over the place, getting ready for the upcoming elections.  Go to those meetings and ask them to fight NAIS.
  • After contacting your elected officials, submit fresh comments to TAHC at: comments@tahc.state.tx.us, faxed to (512) 719-0721, or mailed to: Delores Holubec, TAHC, Box 12966, Austin, TX 78711-2966.
  • Then, get everyone you can to go to the March 23rd meeting to protest this outrage against our Rights and our Liberty!


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News Release
Texas Animal Health Commission
Box l2966 * Austin, Texas 78711 * (800) 550-8242 * FAX (512) 719-0719
Bob Hillman, DVM * Executive Director
For info, contact Carla Everett, information officer,
at 1-800-550-8242, ext. 710, or ceverett@tahc.state.tx.us

For immediate release—February 28, 2006
TAHC Commissioners Set Meeting March 23 to Consider Proposed Regulations
for Premises Identification

Commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in Round Rock (just north of Austin) to address proposed regulations for registering sites where livestock, exotic livestock, domestic fowl, and exotic fowl are held, managed or handled. The meeting will be held in the Marriott North Hotel at 2600 La Frontera Blvd. in Round Rock and is open to the public.

“The TAHC commissioners proposed regulations for premises registration at their December meeting, following passage of HB 1361, the legislative authority for the rules and fee collection. The commissioners postponed action during their February session, opting for more time to consider the comments received during that meeting. It is important to note that the commissioners will focus solely on the proposed regulations for premises registration at the March 23 commission meeting,” said Dr. Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and head of the TAHC, the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. The TAHC’s proposed regulations, “Premises and Animal Identification” were published in the December 23, 2005, issue of the Texas Register.

“The commissioners initially considered postponing action until May, but the commission needs to resolve this issue sooner, rather than later,” said Dr. Hillman. “The commissioners have a number of options in consideration of the proposed regulations. They may: adopt the proposed regulations as presented; amend the proposed regulations; forgo adoption; or further postpone action.”

“Premises registration is underway nationally, and is required in Wisconsin, and soon will be required in Indiana. More than 205,000 sites have been signed up — 7,500 of those in Texas. Registration is relatively easy, and information requested is limited, including a contact name, phone number, physical address and a list of species on the site. Registrants are not asked how many acres or animals they own,” said Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and head of the TAHC, the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. He noted that Texas has more than 200,000 premises.

“Knowing where species of animals are located would greatly enhance our ability to alert owners and get ahead of a disease outbreak before it spreads. In 2002, for example, Exotic Newcastle Disease was detected in a neighborhood in Los Angeles. The infection raced through small flocks, then spread to 22 commercial flocks, costing $160 million to eradicate,” said Dr. Hillman. He said premises information, confidential by law, would enable animal health officials to “map out” emergency response, and save precious time searching for sites with susceptible species, and exposed or potentially infected animals.

Dr. Hillman said recommended amendments to the proposed regulations would allow 4-H and FFA students to be covered by their 4H club or FFA chapter premises identification numbers, if the students maintain animal projects on a site that, otherwise would not need to be registered.

Recommended amendments also would exempt persons if they have only caged exotic fowl (such as, but not limited to parakeets, budgies, finches, canaries, cockatiels, parrots and other caged birds) and these fowl are housed in the person’s residence and not used for sale, barter or exchange. Dr. Hillman noted that, during an avian disease outbreak, the TAHC may require the premises to be registered, if the site is within a quarantine, surveillance or eradication zone established by the TAHC for controlling or eradicating the disease.

The proposed regulations call for premises registration to be compulsory, beginning July 1, 2006. Persons could register their premises in Texas at no charge through June 30, 2006. The premises registered prior to July 1, 2006, would be due for a two-year renewal July 1, 2008, when a $10 per year fee would be paid as a biennial fee of $20 fee for two years.

Under the proposed regulations, persons who register on or after July 1, 2006, would pay the $20 two-year fee upon initial registration. Registration renewal and the $20 two-year fee would be required every 24 months thereafter.

Premises can be registered now online at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us, or by completing a registration form and faxing or mailing it to the TAHC. Many county extension agents, as well as agricultural associations, have registration forms available, or can assist in registering online. The TAHC also has staff members who can assist by phone. The TAHC’s headquarters in Austin can be reached toll-free at 1-800-550-8242.


Texas Animal Health Commission Meetings

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) meets as needed to study the regulatory needs of the agency, review public comments on proposed regulation changes, and adopt new rules when necessary.

The next Commissioners' Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd, 2006.

February (THEY MEAN MARCH) 23rd Meeting Information:
Time:
The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Location:
Austin Marriott North Hotel
2600 La Frontera Boulevard
Round Rock , TX 78681
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