Apparently I am farmed and dangerous...
But I am not a criminal. I'm a shepherd, farmer and writer who has been preserving rare Shropshire sheep for the last 12 years, and farming various other heritage breeds and vegetables for the last 30.
Then the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) killed my beautiful ewes and their unborn lambs to find out if they were healthy. They were.
They were also rare and pregnant. Now they are dead.
For those few readers who don't know, the CFIA, and its American equivalent, the USDA, are completely controlled by Monsanto, which is wholly committed to destroying independent farms and heritage breeds the world over. It is clear that they fully intend to kill every breed of animal and every strain of plant that they do not hold the patent on. The CFIA and the USDA are OWNED by Monsanto, and if they are not stopped, they will slaughter every animal, bee and plant not owned by Monsanto
The CFIA ignored over 5,000 people who signed a petition to stop them . Their policy must change to protect our heritage breeds and heirloom seeds - I need to keep going and ensure they don't destroy me, my farm or other small farms.
The domino effect since has been devastating, its been a downward spiral from their first raid, and worse with every invasion since. I keep telling myself "There are worse things", and I hang on.
The CFIA charged myself and raw milk activist farmer Michael Schmidt and 2 others with numerous criminal charges including conspiracy, for allegedly trying to save Canada's heritage sheep and preserve our country's agricultural biodiversity.
I barely scraped through winter and now, I face imminent foreclosure and an astonishing $100,000. Dollar legal defense fee for the upcoming criminal trial. I have no income, no transportation, am battling depression and post traumatic stress.
If convicted, I face up to 12 YEARS IN JAIL and fines of $1.5 million.
If I lose the farm - they win. And that is just wrong...another wrong added to the CFIA's long list of nonsensical wrongs.
It's not easy to admit, but pride aside - I need help.
Please help spread word of this situation
It's up to all of us to change any and all unreasonable government policies that harm our environment, control our freedom and rights in real food and farming choices, and destroy our agricultural biodiversity. This uncomfortable chapter of mine is just a detail - I'm not going to lay down just because I'm cold or broke or steamrollered by government. I'm standing up.
People ask me how I can stand all the stress and pressure. I'm not always sure I can. But I hold the thought that what the CFIA has done is so very wrong, and what they continue to do is so very wrong.
More people need to know what our government is doing with the power we have vested in them, on the pretence of protecting us.
I appreciate the encouragement of so many who have been following this story...it has made all the difference to me. It constantly reminds me that we are not alone...no matter how different our personal challenges. This is not the worst thing that ever happened to anybody, but it IS happening, and it needs to stop.
Please help me keep my home - help me keep the farm going. Any help you can offer WILL make a difference!
Why did they kill them? Read the details on ShropshireSheep.org, click the red CFIA tab.
Please visit the farm page at Wholearth Farmstudio and the sheeps page at Shropshire Sheep Facebook page . With your help, we'll breathe life back into the farm, and make it whole once again.
Thank-you and please, please share....