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PLEASE COME TO RICHMOND THURSDAY MORNING

STOP NAIS IN VIRGINIA!!

NAIS VIRGINIA SCRAPIE REGS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 3 -- UNLESS BLOCKED

COME TO JCAR MEETING SEPTEMBER 11, RICHMOND

WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Senate Room A, First Floor, General Assembly Building, Richmond, Virginia
WHY:  To request the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) suspend the scrapie regs
 
Mandatory scrapie regulations that will force Virginia goat and sheep owners into NAIS, and drive many out of business, will take effect October 3, unless the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) votes to suspend them when they meet September 11 in Richmond.  (The Governor must concur, so we must contact him also).
       
ACTIONS:

1.  Email and call members of JCAR with the message:  Vote to suspend the effective date of the regulation until after the 2009 General Assembly so
legislators can deal with the issue.   Delegate Gear is sponsor of HB1525, a
bill that would limit the regulations, please thank him.  Senators Martin
and Wagner, and Delegate Hull also co-signed.   Please thank them. (See
"BACKGROUND" below).

2. COME TO RICHMOND SEPTEMBER 11 FOR THE JCAR MEETING. There is a good chance JCAR will vote to suspend if we support this proposition.  PLEASE BE THERE, WE NEED MANY PEOPLE PRESENT.

PLEASE BE THERE, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Virginia regulation 2 VAC 5-206, Regulation for Scrapie Eradication, will require sheep and goat owners to:

1. Register their farms and obtain a Premises Identification Number

2. Keep records for 5 years every time they buy, sell, barter, lease, trade, loan, exhibit, or otherwise move a sexually intact goat or sheep, unless the animal goes directly to slaughter. Records can be inspected by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services (VDACS)
- Any violation is punishable by a year in jail and/or a $2500 fine.
- Scrapie is not a public health threat.  It is also not an animal health issue. In Virginia there has never been a case in goats, no cases in white-faced or hair sheep for the last ten years, and only a handful of cases in black-faced sheep.  These regulations are simply a vehicle for forcing us into NAIS through the backdoor--farms registered for scrapie will be rolled into the National Animal Identification System if it becomes law.
- There is no reason for these regulations be so burdensome--many other states have much less stringent regulations and are still considered "scrapie consistent" under federal requirements.

BACKGROUND: We spoke to the JCAR on January 8, 2008 and they urged us to seek a legislative solution.  We got a bill filed, HB1525, that would limit the regulations considerably.  The bill was carried over (not voted on) until the 2009 General Assembly to give the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture a chance to change the regulation.  The Department changed nothing.

Contact Joint Commission members and Governor Kaine

Del.Thomas D. Gear, P.O. Box 7496 Hampton, VA 23666, [email protected], 757-825-1943

Del.H. Morgan Griffith, P.O. Box 1250 Salem, VA 24153, [email protected], 540-459-7550

Del. Algie T Howell Jr., P.O. Box 12865 Norfolk VA 23541, [email protected], 757-466-7525

Del. Robert D. Hull, P.O. Box 2331 Falls Church, VA 22042, [email protected], 703-573-4855

Del. Robert Mathieson, P.O. Box 8021 Virginia Beach, VA 23450, [email protected], 757-470-3000

Christopher Saxman, P.O. Box 2517 Staunton, VA 2440, [email protected], 540-886-8284

Del. R. Lee Ware, P.O. Box 689 Powhatan, VA 23139, [email protected], 804-598-6696

Sen. John S. Edwards, P.O. Box 1179 Roanoke, VA 24006-1179, [email protected], 540-985-8690

Sen. Ryan McDougle, P.O. Box 187 Mechanicsville, VA 23111, [email protected], 804-730-1026

Sen Stephen. Martin, P.O. Box 700 Chesterfield, VA 23832, [email protected], 804-674-0242

Sen. Henry L. Marsh, 422 East Franklin Street, Suite 301 Richmond, VA 23219, [email protected], 804-648-9073

Sen. Frank Wagner, P.O. Box 68008 Virginia Beach, VA 23471, [email protected], 757-671-2250

Governor Tim Kaine:
Email (form)
http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm
Write: Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
 
Directions to General Assembly Building: http://vicfa.net/genassdir.pdf Link for regulation:
http://legis.state.va.us/codecomm/register/issfiles.htm Click on "Volume 24"
then on "August 18, 2008 (Volume 24, Issue 25)" (PDF or word.doc version)
Information: Christine Solem 434.973.6505

Yours for food freedom,
Deborah Stockton, Editor
VICFA Voice
www.VICFA.net
Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association

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