Canadian Officials Raid Farms After Farmer Proposes Compromise on Assessing Disease in Rare Breed Sheep
Ontario, CA--August 6, 2012— (GlobeNewswire) — 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.
The raid on Schmidt’s Glencolton Farm and Jones’ farm, and possible charges
against them both, come in conjunction with an announcement Schmidt made on
behalf of Farmers Peace Corp. In the statement, Schmidt stated, "The actions of
the CFIA remind me of the history of my native Germany, where genetic cleansing
became a tragic and horrible national policy."
During a follow-up meeting with CFIA investigators, Schmidt asked them to
examine their current policy of mass eradication. "I told them we need to find
an exemption to the killing program, like they have in England," says Schmidt.
"However, rather than constructive dialogue we get this response: police with
guns, a raid and these potential criminal charges. The destruction of these rare
healthy sheep and this raid are not about Scrapie. They want to show who calls
the shots here."
Information about farm raids: FarmFoodFreedom.org Further information about
Glencolton Farm thebovine.wordpress.com
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