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