by Debbie Coffey from the pages of the PPJ Gazette
Let’s just grab this BULL by the horns, literally!
Cattlemen who fought against the USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and thought they squelched it until the USDA revived it as Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) , are donating money to the United Horsemen and the International Equine Business Association (IEBA), which, ironically, seem to be bringing in NAIS/ADT through the back door.
These two new organizations, promoting the sale of horse meat, primarily to foreign countries, and the reinstatement of (probably foreign owned) horse slaughter plants in the United States, are muddying the waters by trying to tie this to property rights.
Let’s just grab this bull by the horns.
If you haven’t heard about NAIS, it required that ranchers sign a PREMISES ID contract. In international law books, premises is NOT property, so ranchers were basically signing away their property rights . They became a “stakeholder” (a third party). The USDA wanted to make this mandatory.
Supposedly, NAIS was about food safety and “traceability.” However, most food safety issues are due to poor practices at deregulated, self-policing slaughterhouses (where RFID tags end up on the floor) and deregulated, self-policing meat packing plants. Not ranches. And since tags and microchips can easily be reprogrammed, they won’t prevent bioterrorism.
Bill Bullard, CEO of R-Calf, stated: “… USDA’s entire effort to implement a new form of animal identification system is driven not by a genuine desire to prevent and control livestock disease outbreaks, but rather, by a desire to conform to international trade standards.”
Conforming with international trade standards means conforming with the United Nations’ Agenda 21, its action plan, which has the stated objective of “the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land.”
Since United Horsemen and IEBA seem to be trying to hitch their wagon to “property rights,” you might want to take a closer look.
ANIMAL ID SOLUTIONS
A United Horsemen press release claims the International Equine Business Association (IEBA) will include “forms of permanent identification and traceability” and has “contracted with Animal ID Solutions Inc., a Canadian company with operations in the United States” and“will utilize Animal ID Solution’s Global Animal Identification Network…”
On the Animal ID Solutions’ website, it states that its Global Animal Identification Network “Integrates/exports with other national and international traceability programs.”
Integrates with international traceability programs? Does this sound like a global NAIS/ADT?
If this is about food safety, it’s interesting that Animal ID Solutions has partnered with NCR Corp. NCR Corp. was responsible for the nation’s biggest Superfund site in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for contaminating the Lower Fox River and Green Bay with PCBs.
Animal ID Solutions Global Animal Identification Network has other “partners”: United Horsemen, the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada, the International RFID Business Association (a trade association to promote an increase in the global marketplace for RFID), RFID Consultants.com (your “global portal” to RFID consultants) and the Animal RFID Consortium.
And these partners have partners. For example, the Animal RFID Consortium is partners with Middle East RFID Consortium.
Animal ID Solutions is owned by Lantz McLaren. However, Anne Olscher, who has also been listed as Animal ID Solutions’ owner and CEO, is co-founder of the Animal RFID Consortium, which operates under the “auspices” of the International RFID Business Association!
THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT OF THE HORSE
The 1st Summit of the Horse last year was sponsored by United Horsemen. Its President is Dave Duquette, a horse trainer from Oregon, and Vice-President was Wyoming State Representative Sue Wallis, who is now Co-Chair of the IEBA (along with Bill desBarres of Canada). The idea for the IEBA was supposedly spawned at this Summit.
At the upcoming 2nd Summit, one panel member is Callie Hendrickson of the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.
If you look at the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD), , you’ll see that their sponsors include The Nature Conservancy and Izaak Walton League, two organizations promoting UN programs (which promote UN’s action plan, Agenda 21, and communally owned property).
CACD is partners with the USDA, Forest Service, EPA (all partners of the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which “links its mission” to Agenda 21) and the BLM. The BLM recently appointed Callie Hendrickson to their Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.
Last year, when Stenholm hollered “Lets feed China” during his Summit speech, did one patriotic American in the audience think about the implications of this? I mean, China owns about $1.1 trillion in U.S. bills, notes and bonds.
Stenholm’s firm also represents Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), whose member companies recently sponsored a big biotechnology convention in Chinaand seem to be partnering with Chinese companies.
BIO has also been pushing cloned animals, and they’ll most likely want to protect their members’ international patents.
How will they do this? For one thing, they’ll partner with international RFID consortiums, like the ones listed above.
In 2009, Stenholm asked cattlemen to “Keep an open mind about NAIS. It’s important for food safety and traceability in the event of a disease breakout…” I don’t know, but I wonder if Charlie Stenholm was “open-minded” enough to sign a Premises ID contract for his property.
Olsson, Frank & Weeda’s website states that “our attorneys were instrumental in enacting the FDA Modernization Act.” What was part of this? Traceability.
Stenholm’s firm also represents ESRI Contracts and Legal Services. ESRI seemed to be involved in the development of NAIS and offered to provide services for it. http://www.nonaiswa.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/nais-esri-gis-mapping-technology-2006.pdf
ESRI does the GIS mapping for the BLM (ArcGIS), other government agencies, and other countries. According to ESRI’s winter 2011/2012 newsletter, ArcNews, ArcGIS is even being used in Uruguay for Livestock Traceability.
Stenholm’s firm lobbies for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Livestock Marketing Association, National Meat Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association while also lobbying for the Agriculture Geospatial Coalition, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Biotechnology Industry Organization, to name a few.
The Cavalry Group
The United Horsemen press release promises “a legal defense network of attorneys and counselors expert in animal and agricultural law…through a contract with the Cavalry Group…Cavalry Group legal defense includes 24/7 emergency legal assistance…”
Looking at the Missouri Secretary of State website, the Cavalry Group was formed on 6/22/11, and the only “organizer” is Mark A. Patterson, a real estate agent who is selling the property that was listed as his address on the Secretary of State website.
Mindy Patterson, President and Co-founder of the Cavalry Group (and Director of Development for United Horsemen) will be speaking at the upcoming International Summit of the Horse. Mindy blogs about the Humane Society of the United States (I can appreciate someone looking into a “non-profit” that pulls in over $140 million a year, but this seems to be about the only thing she writes about). She’s also President of Omega Naturals, which sells horse treats.
So, where will this army of attorneys (who will be available to defend you 24/7) come from? The Calvary Group seems to consist of 2 people who aren’t attorneys. Mindy is going to have to sell a lot of those horse treats to defend you.
United Horsemen is apparently looking into “other innovative and cutting edge technological solutions” for development. Where are they getting the money to do this? About year ago, they couldn’t even collect enough money to buy a truck for a raffle.
YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS
Do you trust that United Horsemen, IEBA and the Cavalry Group will understand the details of international laws that could affect your property rights?
Horse slaughter seems to be a meal ticket for some fledgling organizations. But at what cost to you?
Are RFID companies just starting with horses, to get you used to the idea, then planning to move on to cattle and sheep? Are they starting with local groups, which are then being integrated into international groups?
Could IEBA and their partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the USDA, as other associations are doing, further implementing Agenda 21 in the United States? The USDA has already integrated UN’s Codex Alimentarius.
Remember that the United Nations’ Agenda 21, is being implemented INCREMENTALLY. A little at a time. You may think you can “opt out” or cut some deal so that this won’t include you. Maybe not today. But your property rights, along with your Constitutional rights, are changing a little at a time, every day.
TO LEARN MORE:
“The Quiet Coup: The Implementation of Agenda 21”
“USDA Closing Roads to Public Lands While Opening Doors for the UN?”
“The USDA’s Incestuous Relationship with the Rural Council”