From John Campbell, in the Northumberland News:
TRENT HILLS – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) showed up again at Wholearth Farmstudio last Saturday to collect four more sheep it suspects could have scrapie.
Montana Jones said a cavalcade of about 20 CFIA personnel and OPP officers arrived at her farm east of Hastings around 8 a.m. Sept. 22 to execute a search warrant for four lambs. The four-month-old sheep were removed without incident to be slaughtered and tested for scrapie. The federal government has argued the animals’ genotype, ARQ, makes them susceptible to the degenerative neurological disease that’s fatal to sheep but not considered a threat to humans. Continue reading
From “Lifestock – a call to farms”:
Shepherd Montana Jones with one of her Shropshire sheep
I’ve gone as far as I can go…well..even further than I imagined I’d ever need to.
A dozen years ago I began efforts to save a rare heritage breed of endearing fuzzy-faced sheep from extinction. The Shropshire.
I went from the earthly joys of shepherding…the satisfaction of long hours working with earth and animals, to the place I stand today. I stand to lose my farm. Simply for wishing to live quietly. Then for suggesting that our government re-examine their protocols involving agricultural biodiversity.
I went from from disbelief that a sheep in my flock had scrapie (which stands true to this day) to horror at what degree of harm a government agency (Canadian Food Inspection Agency—CFIA) can do with an incredible amount of money and a superfluous number of relatively incompetent employees. Over two and a half years ago, I was advised to roll over, let them kill my healthy sheep, take their money and move on. Other commercial sheep producers did…why shouldn’t I? Continue reading