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First They Came For The Cows: An Activist's Story Paperback – January 27, 2009
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I'm a homesteader NOT a "producer" as the USDA prefers to call me. My home is not a "premise" where you lose your ownership to contractural law for international business! I bought and paid for my home and the land it sets upon. I bought all my animals and paid for every seed growing in my garden. I am a home owner not some CEO of a corporate conglomerate selling food in an international market.
I do not sell so much as a single apple or a bag of beans to a middleman, so he can in turn sell it to corporations, who in turn sells it or processes it into frozen, canned or jarred foods, to then be sold in local grocery stores. Neither do I sell so much as a single chicken, goat or cow so it can then be slaughtered and sold as packaged meat for international sales in some other country's grocery store. I simply grow and raise my own food.
It is my hope that everyone will read this book and see just how the USDA is using their ability to mandate laws and institute their procedures in order to by-pass Congress, our Constitution and subsequently, destroy our Bill of Rights for the sake of the almighty buck!
Having a close encounter with deception can awaken a desire to know the truth, which in the lives of many activists leads to awakening to so many unexpected truths that their lives seem rearranged and reoriented. They often compare life before this event to sleep walking and speak of "waking up" and having a desire to "wake others up." For those who believe we are also spiritual beings, redrawing the map of life with such revelations can lead to reflections on spiritual accountability. Such a journey is described in First They Came for the Cows, a fictional account of the author's journey as an activist against one of the federal government's greatest deceptions, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
The protagonist Maddie Gillman turns activist when she and her husband, the new owners of a homestead, come face to face with NAIS, a well-funded USDA program that is said to be voluntary but is enrolling farms in a massive database. Sometimes farms are enrolled unbeknownst to the farm owners, at other times through lying to the owners and saying that the law requires them to register. Maddie and the other activists are concerned with the deceptiveness of the program and the close ties between those in government and the corporate beneficiaries of the program. They worry, too, about NAIS's intrusiveness and the way the word `premises' has been substituted for `property.'
Writer Marti Oakley has written,
"property is the term used to indicate private ownership of a thing such as land or animals and is protected by rights in the Constitution. It does signify legal ownership, and who is the legal owner and allows you access to a Civil Court and protection under the Constitution.Read more ›
Before NAIS and my introduction to activists like Zecchinelli, I was content to believe that the government, while overreaching and occasionally intrusive, would never try to keep the American farmer down, let alone destroy this country for the bottom line of major corporations.
My illusion of independence and freedom was demolished once I read this book, and I cannot go back to the naive belief that all will be well.
First They Came For the Cows is historic fiction at its best. Ms Zecchinelli provides details and insight into "how things work" in our country, and clearly spells out how brave people banding together can make a difference.
Get the book. Read it. Then ask yourself, "What can I do to restore sanity to our country?" And then, TAKE ACTION!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sharon Zechinnelli 's fictional novel rings with truth only an experienced activist could have portrayed so well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PAMELA JOHNSON
With the threatened homesteading movement being of interest to me, when I saw this book listed as free download, I jumped on it, though expected to be disappointed. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Melissa Richardson
I learned quite a bit about NAIS from reading this book.
It contains information from someone knowledgeable about the industrialized agriculture business
while enjoying a... Read more
Even if you so much as never even think about homesteading or raising your own food, this book is a must read. It was eye opening and kind of scary. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Shari
Being a backyard flock owner, I was amazed at what the USDA proposes. I am so glad I read this book. The government doesn't want us to be self sufficient. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Rebecca Jude Haley
Americans need to wake up and see what our government is doing to us. We we loosing our rights and freedom. KatwomanPublished on December 28, 2012 by Kristin M.
Engaging, informative and entertaining. I'm sure there are other superb adjectives to add to this list. Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Zeus
This is a fictionalized account of one woman's true activism against NAIS. It is an easy read, written in story fashion from the farmer-become-activist point of view. Read morePublished on May 19, 2010 by K. Langenberg
As an animal owner (no that isn't polically correct to some) I found Ms. Zecchinelli' book interesting from the very start. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by Richard Bayer