“According to a mail-out from Agriculture Canada and the government of Yukon, Canadians are now required to register their pigs. Under the National Agriculture and Food Traceability program, all pigs must be registered, for safety purposes.
They’re kidding right? This can’t possibly be the Harper government at work. Surely the champions of freedom who are in the process of dismantling the odious gun registry aren’t about to replace it with a pig registry? The Nordicity research team has been working on this day and night, and we have uncovered some shocking truths. For instance, pet pot-belly pigs, which are short as well as stout, are exempt from the registry. Which means, of course, that Canada is embarked upon a national long-pig registry.
Oh, fools, fools! Will they never learn? Once again the government is bent on making criminals out of ordinary law-abiding farmers. Don’t they know our pigs are tools, not weapons, that we have generations of experience in handling pigs safely, and a long lawful tradition of responsible pig ownership? Farmers grew up in an environment where pigs were a normal part of life, everybody had one and nobody thought anything of them, until they needed a Thanksgiving ham or a rasher of breakfast bacon.
The registry is only part of the picture. Our researchers have uncovered persistent rumours that farmers will be required to carry a pig licence, take a pig safety course, and comply with arcane and inconvenient pig-storage laws. In all likelihood we’ll be forced to keep the pig feed in a separate place from the pigs. According to our sources, farmers wishing to acquire new pigs will require a PAC, or pig acquisition certificate, issued by the government. Is this the Canada our fathers fought and died for?
The flyer that appeared in the mailbox a couple of weeks ago came from the agricultural branch of Energy, Mines and Resources (here in the Yukon, apparently, even if it can be grown it’s got to be mined), which is in cahoots with the feds in this attempt to kill freedom and stigmatize the ordinary, responsible swineherd. It claims that the long-pig registry is necessary because of “recent events in other parts of Canada.” Now where have we heard that before? The government isn’t saying, but our researchers are following a lead that the demand for a pig registry came from radical humanist agitators in Quebec….”
Apparently this article also appears on the back page of Jan/Feb 2012 Small Farm Canada. Can this be for real?