Daily Archives: April 4, 2012
No one out there in the journalism community seems willing to connect the dots on this story. And yet it seems like a fairly straightforward case of citizen direct action in response to perception of a governmental agency gone rogue. In essence, it looks very much like this “Farmers Peace Corps” is acting like the real government here, in so far as one imagines they’re seeking to defend the public interest. The CFIA, on the other hand, looks to be acting strangely in threatening to kill all these rare sheep in the absence of evidence that they were diseased.
One wonders what’s behind this and whether it’s anything like David Gumpert’s take on Michigan’s new pig regulations. Could it be another instance of government power being co-opted by corporations who seem to be actively working to reduce genetic diversity and thereby limit consumer choice. Why would they do that? Perhaps to maximize profit by handicapping the competition?
If you read The Ontario Landowner magazine you’ll find story after story of conservation authorities imposing expensive restrictions on property owners, ostensibly to protect species which are deemed to be endangered. This story on protecting the grey rat snake would be an excellent example. Whereas in this case we have attempts by government agencies to take action that would reduce genetic diversity, albeit in a domesticated species, rather than a wild one, as if that makes any difference. It’s good to remember Robert Peel’s “nine principles of policing” when it comes to cases like this. The second principle in that list is “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.”
Of couse, all that said, there may yet be further evidence uncovered in this case that may turn all these notions on their head; we need to keep an open mind for information that does not fit our preconceptions.
“Provincial police in Northumberland County are investigating the theft of 31 quarrantined sheep from a farm east of Trent Hills that disappeared just hours before they were scheduled to be destroyed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Continue reading
“Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are looking for a flock of sheep that has disappeared from a southeastern Ontario farm under quarantine for scrapie.
The CFIA said in a release Monday that the animals in question are “suspected of having scrapie,” a federally reportable nerve disease related to BSE in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in people.
The sheep were found to be missing the same day 41 of the “apparently healthy” animals, including 20 pregnant ewes, were scheduled to be destroyed by CFIA order. That’s according to an earlier release from Karen Selick, a lawyer for the Calgary-based Canadian Constitution Foundation, representing producer Montana Jones. Continue reading