Daily Archives: April 6, 2012

Sheep may safely graze…. but maybe not if they’re Shropshires in Ontario

Shepherdess Montana Jones, on the radio:

Andy Oudman (1290 AM CJBK, London ON) and Pam Killeen interview Montana Jones (http://shropshiresheep.org/news-on-cfia-slaughter/), Karen Selick and Judith McGeary about the disappearance of the family farm and the importance of preseving heritage breeds. Here’s a quote from farmer/author Joel Salatin: “CFIA’s intent to annihilate the Wholearth flock of Shropshire sheep owned by Montana Jones is deeply troubling. Without credible tests that empirically prove the existence of scrapie, to proceed with the planned extermination is both unscientific and tyrannical…” FOR THE INTERVIEW, LISTEN HERE —http://tinyurl.com/d5nsnvv (April 5, 2012)

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Rare sheep situation a challenge for the rigid CFIA bureaucratic regulations

From the Belleville Intelligencer:

“Anyone who has ever been baffled by the bureaucratic mindset must be shaking their heads in amazement regarding what is currently happening at Wholearth Farms in Trent Hill.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has decided to destroy 41 rare Shropshire sheep owned by Wholearth owner Montana Jones because one of her sheep tested positive for scrapie, a fatal, degenerative disease that affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats.

That test came after a single member of the flock was sold to an Alberta farm in 2007 and, three years later, tested positive for scrapie. The farm has been under quarantine ever since and to date no new cases of scrapie have been discovered. Continue reading

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