HOUSE .......No. 757
By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, petition of Anne M. Gobi and others relative to the protection of sustainable farming. Environment,
Natural Resources and Agriculture.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Anne M. Gobi
Denis E. Guyer
Todd M. Smola
Christine E. Canavan
Stephen R. Canessa
Robert L. Rice, Jr.
Lewis G. Evangelidis
Barbara A. L’Italien
James B. Eldridge
Mary E. Grant
Viriato Manuel deMacedo
In the Year Two Thousand and Seven.
AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF SUSTAINABLE FARMING.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
Court assembled, and by the authority of the
same, as follows:
1 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts finds the following:—
2 (A) This Commonwealth has entered into agreements
3 federal government of the United States, and otherwise may have
4 participated in establishing a National
Animal Identification System
5 (hereinafter “NAIS”).
6 (B) Neither the United States Department of Agriculture
7 Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (hereinafter
8 “MDAR”) has demonstrated any
scientific findings that the NAIS
9 will prevent the spread of diseases of animal origin to humans or to
10 other animals, or will benefit animal or public health.
11 (C) Sustainable animal husbandry practices, which include
ade12 quate space, appropriate feed, and access to pasture, fresh air and
13 sunlight are important in promoting animal
health and thus pre14 venting the spread of diseases of animal origin.
15 (D) The establishment of NAIS is detrimental
to small and sus16 tainable animal husbandry farming operations.
2 HOUSE — No. 757 [January 2007]
1 SECTION 1. Cooperative Agreement Termination.
2 MDAR shall withdraw any pending application for USDA NAIS
Cooperative Agreement funding for FY 2007; or, in the event that
4 the USDA already has granted funding and a Cooperative
Agree5 ment for FY 2007 already has been executed, MDAR shall return
6 any FY 2007 funding to the USDA and rescind any
existing Cooper7 ative Agreement for FY 2007.
1 SECTION 2. Citizens Data Upload Termination.
2 MDAR shall immediately cease sending data on the Common3 wealth’s
citizens and animal premises to the USDA National
4 Premises Information Repository.
SECTION 3. Notification and Data Removal.
MDAR shall:—(a) immediately notify all citizens whose
information previously has been submitted to the USDA
National Premises Information Repository without their specific
authorization; and (b) develop a procedure with the USDA whereby
such Massachusetts data will be expunged from the
Premises Information Repository.
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