“There’s a new strain of illness making the rounds of Canada’s rulers. Call it “Michael Schmidt Paralysis.”
You don’t wish health problems on your enemies, but news that a second British Columbia prosecutor has bowed out of a major raw milk hearing against dairy farmer Michael Schmidt because of illness—with no re-scheduling–has been greeted with at least a few knowing looks.
The case involves the Home-on-the-Range cow share in Chilliwack, British Columbia, that was established five years ago. When local authorities attempted to force farm owner Alice Jongerden to shut down her raw milk production, Michael Schmidt took over its management…and all the penalties the local authorities could hit him with. They included a $55,000 fine for contempt of court.
A previous trial was delayed when a prosecutor took ill. In the meantime, though, Schmidt got Health Canada to approve use of raw milk as a cosmetic. In a blog post, he referred to the dairy as “the Little Chilliwack Dairy (that could, should and would)”.
Fresh from this victory, Schmidt is challenging Canadian authorities to take him on in connection with something even bigger– the strange case of the disappearing, and re-discovered, Shropshire sheep. They mysteriously vanished from a Canadian farm in April after authorities targeted them for slaughter. They were thought to possibly harbor scrapies, a fatal degenerative disease that can spread among sheep and goats….’