Stop CFIA & Ag Minister Ritz from killing healthy animals!
  • Petitioning Noel Harrington

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Terrestrial Animal Health Division—Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Noel Harrington
District Veterinarian—Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Douglas MacLeod
Member of Parliament—Northumberland Quinte West
Rick Norlock
Ontario Minister Of Agriculture
Kathleen Wynne
Rob Milligan
Kathleen Wynne
Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Hon Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz
Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
Minister of Health
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Executive Vice-President CFIA
Mary Komarynsky
President Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Bruce Archibald
Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada
Martine Dubuc
Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada
Ian Alexander

Stop CFIA & Ag Minister Ritz from killing healthy animals!

    1. Montana Jones
    2. Petition by

      Montana Jones

      Hastings, Canada

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Almost 10,000 signatures!  Tell the Canadian government it's not acceptable to kill healthy animals! They are now killing hundreds of healthy goats in Ontario...not just livestock but PET goats.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency must amend their policies to an alternative no risk solution and not KILL animals to find out if they are healthy.

Why did Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz let this happen? There were alternatives to killing healthy rare sheep. Ritz must implement a heritage breed exemption for all livestock at risk of being destroyed at the hands of the CFIA's draconian risk control measures The details are at—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) already destroyed my healthy flock of rare heritage breed Shropshire sheep at Wholearth Farmstudio, a Northumberland County farm that conserves heritage livestock genetics. Over 70 healthy are sheep were killed, and now there are less than 80 registered heritage females remaining in Canada.

At one time the Shropshire was the preferred sheep breed in North America, with over a half a million registered animals. The Wholearth flock bloodlines traced back to their 1882 descendants by way of the first Shropshire sheep imported here from England at the turn of the century.

Heritage breed shepherd Montana Jones, who has spent the last 12 years preserving their rare genetics, is alarmed that despite lab results proving her entire flock tested negative for scrapie, CFIA officials decided to ‘depopulate’ all of her beloved QQ genotyped sheep. Sheep that have a QQ genotype are considered less resistant to scrapie, however that does not necessarily mean those animals would ever acquire it.

Even America’s best known farmer and agricultural activist Joel Salatin tried to stop their destruction. “CFIA’s intent to annihilate the Wholearth flock of Shropshire sheep owned by Montana Jones is deeply troubling,” says Salatin, author of Folks This Ain’t Normal. “Without credible tests that empirically prove the existence of scrapie, to proceed with the planned extermination is both unscientific and tyrannical.”

Rare Breeds Canada Past President Dr. Tom Hutchinson of Trent University says “Montana Jones has assembled some of the best, most ancient heritage genetics, so these are not just average sheep we’re talking about. This is an absolute genuine heritage Shropshire flock, and Canada cannot afford to lose it. To kill them based on suspicion with no proof or reason, is absolutely ludicrous."

The Minister needs to replace those genetics, and prevent any more heritage livestock from being destroyed, be they sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, poultry or horses.  We have safe, alternative disease risk-control measures!

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Save Our Shrops Rally

      Montana Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Dear farm friends...

      This coming Monday you are encouraged to come to Wholearth Farmstudio for the “Save Our Shropshires” (SOS) rally as a show of support and peaceable protest, to demonstrate your disapproval for the actions of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the draconian legislation that allows them to take such arbitrary and disproportionate measures as forcing the slaughter of apparently healthy heritage sheep.

      Sadly, after two years of fighting to save my rare flock of Shropshires, CFIA has notified me they intend to destroy 41 of the flock—including 20 pregnant ewes and their unborn lambs—this Monday, April 2, 2012.

      You are invited to please bring cameras, signs, banners, your voice of reason, flowers for the sheep’s grave. Be prepared for weather, and bring your own portable beverages and nourishment. All media are welcome.

      In keeping with the somber nature of the event, I would like all attending please wear something black. This may be a traumatic day pos

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. We just hit 2 ,000 signatures!!

      Montana Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all and let's keep growing in our support to save these rare heritage Shropshire the flockers on the CFIA hit list by checking in on our blog.

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. THANK_YOU!! We just got to 1,500 signatures on Save Our Shrops petition!

      Montana Jones
      Petition Organizer

      We've added a blog with updates and photos of the sheep on CFIA's hit Avril, she is due to have lambs in spring if we are successful in stopping our government from killing her before then.

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Rare Sheep on Death Row

      Montana Jones
      Petition Organizer

      This Toronto Star newspaper story is the result of the first media release to the press...also a December 9/2011 CFRB1010 AM radio spot on NewsTalk with Jim Richards, and Magic 97.7 FM Peterborough radio news spot.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Wonderful! In less than 24 hours we have reached 500 signatures!

      Montana Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Let's go for 5,000 signatures and see if CFIA and Hon Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz care what Canadians think about their heritage Shropshire sheep. Read today's Toronto Star story just below

    12. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sherry Hitt SARASOTA, FL
      • 3 months ago

      What they did was WRONG and should be Illegal. These farmers are trying to preserve ALL our Heritage. Find a better way to test herds!!!

    • Wendy Walsh BURLINGTON, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      So sorry for your loss, the world can be so cruel.

      • 3 months ago

      I do care about animals and human beings and I don't think that's fair

    • Dianna Schoenrock SPRINGBORO, OH
      • 3 months ago

      The givernment has no right to kill animals that have been proven to be negaitive. Protect the flock!

    • Garth Blabey EDMONTON, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Rare breeds keep the diversity in blood lines!!!


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