To protect the health of U.S. livestock and poultry and the economic well-being of those industries, we must be able to quickly and effectively trace an animal disease to its source.
When a disease outbreak occurs, animal health officials need to know:
- Which animals are involved in a disease outbreak
- Where the infected animals are currently located
- What other animals might have been exposed to the disease
By choosing to participate in NAIS, you will join a national disease response network built to protect your animals, your neighbors, and your economic livelihood against the devastation of a foreign animal disease outbreak.
The program is designed to ensure consumer confidence and protect the health and viability of the nation's livestock. NAIS will allow for continued expansion in the export market of livestock and all producers will benefit when the marketability of their product improves according to CattleNetwork web site.
NAIS protects the animal livestock industry and food market from a disastrous outbreak such as "mad cow" disease. The system would allow food safety officials to track, in a rapid response time frame, the origin and mitigate the spread of the disease like mad cow.
Mad Cow disease would massacre the agricultural industry; animal agriculture is an $80 billion industry, and the impact on the national economy would be devastating if a disease outbreak such as mad cow were to occur.
"Premises registration is an effort to identify all the locations in the United States where livestock and/or poultry are raised or housed. It's the first step in improving animal disease response" according to the USDA website. The program is supported by Farm Bureau and New York State is one of the leading states in the country for the registration of premises according to NAIS premise statistical reports, with over 75% premises registered, New York is ranked #5 in country.
The county fair season is around the corner, which means increased movement of livestock and poultry. The NAIS program is a way to ensure the agriculture industry that such events can continue to occur without concern.
The cost associated with not participating in the NAIS program could be very high for the industry, as witness from the spread of mad cow disease in Europe.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, who supports the program, reports on their long history of "preventing, controlling, and eradicating diseases of animal health and public health significance" and that none of this is accomplished without cooperative "forward thinking" active participants.
New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine, according to a recent article in the Watertown Daily Times is opposed to NAIS. It is ironic he would oppose such a measure to protect the agricultural community while there is overwhelming documented support for the program. He is opposed to a program designed for food safety, while he was so concerned about another food safety issue MPC.
Milk Protein Concentrates was the subject of legislation, A01999, sponsored by then Assemblyman Aubertine that prevented labeling products with MPCs as dairy products. The objective of MPC labeling, COOL (country of origin labeling) and NAIS are all somewhat similar in nature; consumer and food safety and public health.
Why would Senator Aubertine be opposed to food safety and public health?