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08 January 2006
  When They Came for the Aardvarks

When they came for the goats,
I remained silent;
I was not a goat.

When they locked up the sheep,
I remained silent;
I was not a sheep.

When they came for the rabbits,
I did not speak out;
I was not a rabbit.

When they came for the chickens,
I did not speak out;
I was not a chicken.

When they came for the aardvarks,
there was no one left to speak out.

This post from Polly at Mossback Meadow reminded me of the poem First They Came, attributed to Martin Niemöller.

Looks to me like big money agribusiness is trying to influence Big Government to make small-scale raising of livestock completely beyond the financial means of average Americans. If you're concerned about the rights of small family farmers, back-yard raisers of poultry or rabbits, or recreational critter-keeping, please read the whole article Polly posted and follow the link to the petition.
 
Comments:
I don't agree with the stance of the article polly posted. I think the animal id program (which at this time is purely voluntary) will help keep our food supply the safest in the world. It is simply a way to verify where animals that reach the food supply originated so that if they test positive for a disease it can be easily traced and erradicated. Please don't make it out to be more than it is.
 
Please visit this site: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml
 
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