“DURHAM – Canada Food Inspection Agency officers seized electronic devices and stored data from raw milk activist Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms Thursday as part of a federal investigation into the illegal removal of sheep that were under quarantine near Peterborough before they could be euthanized this spring.
CFIA issued a brief statement Friday confirming only that it executed search warrants “related to the ongoing investigation into the April 2nd removal of 31 sheep from a farm in Eastern Ontario, breaching a federal quarantine that was in place due to risk of a disease called scrapie.”
Schmidt acted as a spokesman for the so-far anonymous Farmers’ Peace Corp. earlier this year, after it took responsibility for taking the animals into “protective custody.”
He said in an interview Friday he received an anonymous request to do so, then corresponded over the Internet and never in person with the group. He said he doesn’t know the identity of its members.
Schmidt was an outspoken critic of the CFIA mandate to kill the animals even before the Farmers Peace Corp. approached him. He said an alternative to eradication of this heritage animal must be found.
“They think that I conspired, that I am spearheading the Farmers’ Peace Corp.,” he said.
“I am simply a liaison. I was approached by the Farmers’ Peace Corp . . . because I am so outspoken. . .”
Schmidt said the CFIA executed warrants in connection with his farm, a nearby farmhouse he rents out, as well as Linda “Montana” Jones, who owned the sheep in question, and a man Schmidt said is linked to the Chesley-area farm where some of the sheep were eventually found….”