I'm going to be resubmitting another email in response. My husband is dubious about whether they're actually reading their emails, or just passing it off and sending a pre-generated response. Nevertheless, I'll be sending something back.
I'd appreciate any perspectives and insights from anyone out there about what the response his office wrote (below)...I'd like to write back soon. I'll also be looking at the links his people sent. I just want to make sure I don't miss some key elements to include in the correspondence.
It's my first attempt EVER to contact government about any issue. I'm not rusty at this...I'm entirely new at it. Maybe it's sad that it's taken this long in my life to stir me to do something "officially" but hey, better late than never? :)
All comments on this are very welcome...
Below is a response to the recent comments I received from you:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the National Animal Identification
System. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your
concerns.Animal identification (ID) was developed in order to maintain a
tracking system of individuals or groups of commercially and privately owned
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated the
implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in 2004 as a
voluntary program for animal owners. Although there is not a nationwide animal
ID system yet in place, the main objective of the USDA's NAIS program is to
standardize animal ID use in order to promote animal health, human health, food
safety, and quality assurance. In recent years, the threat of international
animal diseases has increased, and we must create a system to keep this problem
The NAIS was developed to curtail the potential spread of
diseases. This program is not meant to invade the privacy of any individual.
Tracking animals, including exhibition animals and pets, is meant to prevent the
spread of diseases, such as the avian flu virus or mad cow disease. As you may
already know, the 2006 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies
Appropriation Act (H.R. 2744) was signed into law (P.L. 109-97) by President
Bush on November 10, 2005. This bill provides over $33.3 million for the NAIS
If you would like more information on NAIS, I encourage you to visit the
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website at http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml.Should any
related legislation be introduced in the 109th Congress, I will be sure to keep
your thoughts in mind.
Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you
have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Sincerely,Mel MartinezUnited States