From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
“Community Partners” – photo via The Complete Patient blog
“…It would be nice if such matters were a subject for public discussion. But in Canada and the U.S., the regulator approach is brutally simple: We know best and we’ll decide what to do and everyone better listen to us…or else.
Ontario raw dairy farmer Michael Schmidt is simply seeking an avenue for discussion about an aspect of this issue that could be sensitive but important to many farmers and consumers alike–the wholesale elimination of rare sheep species, without consideration of possibly alternative avenues of investigation. He is prepared to accept destruction of the animals if they are actually found to be harboring disease. Continue reading
News release via Globe Newswire:
Ontario, CA, Aug. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On August 2 2012 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) raided the farms of Ontario farmer Michael Schmidt and Montana Jones in connection with the disappearance of Jones’ herd of genetically rare Shropshire sheep. CFIA brought 20 officers and multiple police cars to conduct the 7:00am raid on the Schmidt’s farm. During the 8-hour raid, officers confiscated all electronic recording devices from the home and farm, including computers, cell phones and cameras. Schmidt and Jones both faces possible conspiracy charges that could result in up to 14 years in prison.
In March of this year, a group calling themselves the “Farmers Peace Corps” claimed responsibility for the disappearance of the sheep that were destined for slaughter due to a connection with the disease Scrapie. While Scrapie is not transmissible to humans and causes no threat to people, it is seen by the CFIA as a threat to other sheep. In June, the Shropshire sheep were found and immediately destroyed by CFIA. They all tested negative for the disease. CFIA is refusing Jones the appropriate compensation for her sheep. Continue reading