Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Help Stop NAIS

You may or may not have heard about the National Animal Identification System. But if you support local farmers, you'll do what you can to stop it. Our friend Judith McGeary from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance points out two websites that are allowing people to speak up about issues they want President-elect Obama to address when he takes office and both are running questions related to NAIS.

The private website,, will present the "Top 10 Ideas for America" to the Obama Adminsitration on Inauguration Day.   The first phase of the voting ends today, and the top 3 ideas in each category will be selected for the second round of voting. 

"Stop NAIS" is currently in second place in Agriculture, and the voting is very close!  A few votes may make the difference between the Stop NAIS message making it to the next round, or not!    

Step 1: If you are not already signed up for the site, register at:  

Step 2: Go to   Be sure to click the box labeled "vote!" to the left of the Stop NAIS!  Simply leaving a comment does not count as a vote.

And the Obama Transition Team has set up a section calld "Open for Questions" on the official website.  They have not specified the deadline for submitting or voting on questions, but said they will respond to the top issues "in the new year." 

Step 2: Type "animal identification" into the box next to "Search Questions"  There are currently 8 questions that involve NAIS that can be found by searching those terms.   

Step 3: Click on the checkmark by the question to vote "yes".  If you are not already signed in, you will  be asked to, with a link at the top of the box.

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