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  • Petitioned Keith Creagh

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture
Keith Creagh
Director, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Dan Wyant
Governor, State of Michigan
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Director, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Rodney Stokes

Stop the imminent slaughter of heritage pigs on small farms in Michigan

    1. Victoria Bloch
    2. Petition by

      Victoria Bloch

      Los Angeles, CA

Small family farms represent the backbone of a local, sustainable food system. While huge industrial farms dominate the market, small farms have been able to thrive by providing high-quality food raised in environmentally healthy ways. This includes livestock humanely raised on pasture.

In Michigan, As of April 1, 2012, thousands of small livestock farms that raise pigs face an imminent threat. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is attempting to drastically expand its jurisdiction from public lands to farms, where an Invasive Species Order issued by MDNR in 2010 (intended to prevent invasive species from taking root in the wild) will be used to ban heritage breeds of pigs – and allow MDNR to destroy them at will.

Specifically, the order allows MDNR to seize and slaughter heritage pigs, without compensating the farmers whose livestock is destroyed. Pigs can be identified as invasive – and thus eligible for slaughter – regardless of how long they have been part of animal husbandry in Michigan. They will be rounded up according to the color of their fur (black or striped), their undercoat color (lighter than the topcoat), whether their tails are straight or curly, and other arbitrary characteristics. Needless to say, the modern, hybridized breeds of pigs raised in huge factory farms (represented by the Michigan Pork Producers Association) are not at risk – only old-fashioned breeds.

This is an outrage. Small farmers work hard, and those farmers who choose to raise heritage breeds are helping preserve genetic diversity and providing ethically raised meats for the customers who value the preservation of such foods. These are the farmers who will suffer if this brazen power grab is allowed to go forward.

Please tell Governor Snyder that he must halt the execution of the Invasive Species Order, and that it must be revised to limit MDNR's jurisdiction to public lands. Let him know that he needs to support, not penalize, small family farms, and that that slaughter of heritage breeds must not go forward!

For more information, visit http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/michigan-swine-iso.htm#1

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Over 850 signatures to stop heritage farm animal destruction – keep going!

      Victoria Bloch
      Petition Organizer

      Over 850 individuals agree with us that it's critically important to keep the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) off farms. It's vital to support the economic viability of small farms across the country. Please distribute to your networks, forward to others, and get the word out. You've already made a difference – please encourage others to do the same!

      There are informational links in this and previous updates that will give you more valuable information on the political forces behind this power play.

      You can also put pressure on Governor Snyder by calling his office to demand that he rescind the Invasive Species Order immediately: 517-335-7858.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Read more about the influence of industrial agriculture in this

      Victoria Bloch
      Petition Organizer

      You need to know that this is not about protecting native species, it's about a power play by CAFO pork producers. Read the link and learn more about what's going on and the status of this shockingly Orwellian situation in Michigan – don't let it happen in your state!

    5. Over 500 signatures and counting!

      Victoria Bloch
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing this petition! So far, more than 500 people have agreed that heritage breeds, genetic diversity, pasture-based farming, and small farms trump over-reaching governmental control (and industrial agriculture's influence on the regulatory process)! We need many more signatures to have the kind of impact we need to make. If you know anyone in Michigan or adjoining states, would you let them know about this so they can add their voices? And of course, all signatures count – so please let as many people as you can know about this action to support the small farms who support us!

    6. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Pamela Powell HUBBARD LAKE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Slaughtering live stock & destroying family farms based on an UNJUST, SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN REASON OR LAW is JUST PLAIN WRONG. The unmedicated, pastured, naturally raised animal meat industry is a BOOMING INDUSTRY! Making a law that destroys this industry is the wrong direction for Michigan Legislators to take our struggling state. Our legislators & governor are hurting our state for generations to come, if this law continues to be enforced.

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    • Lillian Thomas MOUNT JACKSON, VANUATU
      • over 2 years ago

      We must stand up and let the government know they cannot take our freedoms away. This is heartbreaking.

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    • Diane Jones HOLLAND, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      We have bought a small farm and are planning to raise some pigs inside fences and want to be able to choose heritage breeds. It is not the governments place to eliminate biodiversitly in our livestock. If I am humanely taking care of my animals and keeping them confined you can not come on my property and kill them saying they are feral if they are inside pens on my property.

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    • Molly Battist MADISON, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Family Farms are an important asset to our society and food system. They support their local communities and educate anyone willing to listen. Heritage breed farming should be a nonnegotiable ALLOWED practice for all to have. It has been practiced for centuries and it ensures that the diversity of all breeds remain in tact.

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    • Rosa Ring WATERFORD, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I do NOT eat factory-raised pigs and this action will threaten my pork food supply. I prefer my pigs to be raised outside in the sunshine.

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