Michael Schmidt’s seeking dialog with CFIA over the Shropshire sheep killings

From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:

CFIA investigators into the mysterious “Shropshire affair”, David Eagelson and Roger Weber at Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms. Photo courtesy of Michael Schmidt.

“Over nearly two decades of fighting for the right to access raw milk, Michael Schmidt has become legendary for his persistent promotion of dialog with reluctant regulators and politicians. He went on a hunger strike last fall that he ended after five weeks when his demand for a personal dialog with Ontario’s premier, Dalton McGuinty, was granted.

In recent days, he has undertaken a new, even more sensitive, dialog challenge. He is seeking to turn  an aggressive investigation into scrapie among a herd of rare Shropshire sheep into an opportunity for dialog designed to re-examine how farm animal illness is handled and how rare genetic strains might be protected.  

What makes this challenge so sensitive is that Schmidt has been targeted by investigators from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), suspicious about his possible involvement in the disappearance of 31 sheep from an Ontario farm last April. They  mysteriously vanished–taken into “protective custody” by the Farmers Peace Corp, according to a note left behind– after authorities  targeted them for slaughter because  they were thought to possibly harbor scrapies, a fatal degenerative disease that can spread among sheep and  goats. The sheep’s disappearance prompted a huge search by authorities going door-to-door in the area and using helicopters.  Some 26 of the Shropshire sheep were re-discovered at another farm earlier this month.

Based on reactions and questions from the investigators, he expects to be formally charged with criminal misconduct before long.

He appeared to anticipate the new developments in a video statement last week, when he denied direct involvement in the affair, but said , “I am aware that I, as a consequence to my public  statement, might be subject to an investigation and possible charges  related to the sad sheep saga. I am determined to support the brave work of those who have risked their personal safety and security to try to  protect those sheep with the hope that ‘conclusive evidence’ would have  been provided by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) in order to  return the sheep for orderly slaughter if found infected or for further  testing…Whatever will evolve I am honored to be a part of this brave  action, as I have taken on the role as liaison for the Farmers Peace  Corp.”

At the end of last week, two investigators from the CFIA showed up at Schmidt’s Ontario dairy farm  and “were threatening,” says Schmidt. “One of them said, ‘Your travels are over, Mr. Schmidt.'” There was also talk that “we will quarantine your farm for forty years.” One thing that was very clear was “that they have been watching my every move and travels and every thing I have written on the Internet. It is also very clear that they are weighing their strategy how  to silence me and if silencing me might create an even bigger problem.”  …”

Read more on The Complete Patient blog.


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4 responses to “Michael Schmidt’s seeking dialog with CFIA over the Shropshire sheep killings

  1. When you dance with the Devil, He doesn’t change. He changes you.
    We don’t want or need any stinkin’ compromise. That is how we got in the fix we are in today. By dancing with Satan….. Don’t be a Rand Paul….

  2. BC Food Security

    Leave it to Michael Schmidt to somehow try to leverage this bureaucratic monster into something for the greater good. Not anyone can stick their neck inside the jaws of a lion like this. Is it “fearlessness” or is it “foolishnesses” ? Only God/Goddess knows !

  3. nedlud

    Show ’em your diploma, Michael~

    One must be careful not to ‘sell out’ one’s constituency (people you claim to represent), which of course is done all the time!

    This is usually accomplished in either of two ways: a) Overtly, with under the table (ie., secretive, cash ‘transactions’ {also called bribes}). b) Covertly (ie., unconsciously) by snatching an even greater defeat from the jaws of an already existent defeat, through concessions granted; concessions made to those in power, in order to ‘maintain the peace’, so to speak, peace being so almighty and all important, even as people lay dying all around. This is an ideological, egoic, sophist victory to the person involved, the so-called representative or, d-i-p-l-o-m-a-t. These are the two tools of ‘diplomacy’, generally. I would doubt Michael Schmidt actively engaging the former, I would not discount at all, him doing the latter. Again, peace being so almighty and important. Even as people lay dying all around.

    Show ’em your diploma, Michael!


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