Has anyone seen the article about the government's latest scheme to take away more of us self-sufficient folks' freedoms in Countryside's Jan/Feb 2006 issue? The article is about the "National Animal Identification System" which is a plan for anybody with animals,whether pets or for raising animals as food for their families. The plan is for ALL animals to be registered through a manditory registration which would be keyed into GPS for locating the farm and kept in a federal database. A second ID number would be needed if you took your animal off of your farm for ANY reason--slaughter, breeding, etc. This plan is being put out by the USDA and their timetable would make premises ID and individual animal ID mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2008. There is no assurance that the USDA will not advance (or delay) the previously announced timetable. Individual states may differ in their trial pilot programs, with one example being Wisconsin, which is attempting to compel this by late 2005 to 2006. July 2006 is the purposed target date for the USDA to issue a proposed rule setting forth the requirements for this outragous plan. I could go on and on about this, but the best info would be the article titled The "National Animal Identification System": a new threat to rural freedom?. PM me if you would like a copy or find your own Countryside Magazine Jan/Feb 2006.