Max Kane’s victory in court yesterday

Here’s the good news from Max, along with a video:

WE WON ON 4-19-2010 HEARING!
THE TRIAL COURT’S RULING WAS SUSPENDED! WE ARE NOW GOING TO THE 4TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS!”
See Max Kane’s website for more

10:00 am April 20, 2010 — This just in — a story by Kimberly Hartke:

Wisconsin Raw Milk Activist Wins Important Court Victory

April 20, 2010–Washington, D.C.–The state of Wisconsin’s motion to compel Max Kane, a raw milk activist, to reveal the identities of farmers and consumers involved in private transactions was denied yesterday by the Honorable Judge Michael Rosenborough. The judge had the option of ruling Max Kane in contempt of court for his silence, but instead allowed the case proceed to the appellate court.

Since December Kane has lived under a court order to provide information sought by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) attorneys. On March 18, with the aid of attorney Elizabeth Rich, Kane filed a motion for a stay of that order in the Vernon County Court House in Viroqua, Wisconsin. His request for relief pending appeal, was heard Monday.

The judge granted the motion.

On four occasions, in hearings and depositions, attorneys for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have tried to extract information from Max to aid them in targeting a number of small family dairy farms they suspect of selling raw milk.

Incidental sales of raw milk from the farm are legal in Wisconsin, however a new, strict interpretation of the law by DATCP amounts to a virtual ban on sales. Last year, the agency decided that an incidental sale is a one-time sale, meaning that if a dairy were to sell the milk to the same customer twice they would be breaking the law.

Today’s victory will allow Max’s case to be heard in an appellate court. He is currently working on his appellate brief with legal counsel.

Ultimately, Max hopes to obtain a Supreme Court verdict on the civil liberty of unregulated farm-to-consumer direct trade.

More and more, health minded consumers are seeking out traditional foods from farms that employ ancient wisdom, such as pasture raising of chickens, 100 percent grass feeding of livestock and composting and manure of vegetable garden beds. The Weston A. Price Foundation is among the non-profit organizations helping to educate consumers of the health benefits of foods raised by these methods.

“Organic standards, especially those certified by the government, are compromised to the point of meaninglessness,” says Sally Fallon Morell President of the Foundation. “We don’t believe modern standards are effective in producing the vital nutrition we expect from our food. And raw milk raised using these methods is a supremely healthy foods that should be available to those who want it.”

The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), is a nutrition education non-profit, based in Washington, DC, with 400 local chapters, worldwide. WAPF advocates a return to organic farming, pasture-fed livestock and whole traditional foods, properly prepared, if modern man is to regain health and vitality. The Foundation also promotes the benefits of an economy based on small scale organic production and food processing that returns added value to the independent farmer, rather than to large-scale food processing conglomerates.

Media Contact: Kimberly Hartke, Publicist 703-860-2711, cell 703-675-5557 press@westonaprice.org

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3 responses to “Max Kane’s victory in court yesterday

  1. Milkmen USA

    Imagine, hundreds and maybe thousands of Milkmen aiding this cause. Helping. If there is anything that we can do, let us know. Get in touch with us through our contacts in the industry, raw milk. Call David Gumpert, Pete Kennedy. They know how to reach us and now so do you.

    We are with you on this. The real punch can and will come form the east coast and west coast.

    The Milkmen are Back!

    Milkmen USA

  2. Amos Turtle

    Ha ha! The little guy can win against the forces of darkness! Take that State of Wisconsin! You can never stamp out raw milk because we will never quit, never stop providing straight-from-the-cow goodness. Go back to your rat holes in Madison and cry big boo-hoo tears to your corporate masters!

  3. thebovine

    From “Feed me like you mean it” blog:

    Max Kane was interviewed yesterday on the Doug Stephan show. To listen to it, click here, then click on “Doug Stephan’s Good Day – 4-20-10 H2”. The interview is broken into parts. The parts run from 11:30-14:10, 17:50-21:20, 27:00-43:05. Link for the above mentioned radio interview: http://dougstephan.com/programhighlights?date=20100420

    Link for “Feed me like you mean it” post:
    http://feedmelikeyoumeanit.blogspot.com/2010/04/max-kane-raw-milk-activist-wins.html

    Some background on the interviewer (from Alex Lewin), author of the above blog:

    “Incidentally, for folks who don’t know: Doug Stephan is a raw milk farmer in Massachusetts. He holds the distinction of being the raw milk farmer closest to Boston (which is by far the biggest city in MA).

    I don’t think Stephan set out to be a raw milk activist–I think he simply wanted to get a fair price for his milk, a price that would allow him to keep his farm. He faced a huge amount of stalling and run-around from the town and the state in getting his raw milk license. This, combined with his libertarian philosophy, may have brought us a great new ally.

    A raw milk activist with a radio talk show. Imagine that! :-)”

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