Petitioning Terrestrial Animal Health Division—Canadian Food Inspection Agency Noel Harrington and 14 others
This petition will be delivered to:
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
MP
Rob Milligan
Premier
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
Premier of Ontario
Kathleen Wynne

Stop CFIA & Ag Minister Ritz from killing healthy animals!

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OVER 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 http://ShropshireSheep.org—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 14 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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Letter to
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
and 12 others
Ontario Minister Of Agriculture Kathleen Wynne
MP Rob Milligan
Premier 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
Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne
I just signed the this petition addressed to: Gerry Ritz—Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Bruce Archibald, President Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
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If Canada claims to be conserving our heritage livestock genetics, why did Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz let the rare healthy flock of heritage Shropshire sheep genetics in Montana Jones' flock be destroyed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)?

Mr. Bruce Archibald..will you help to rectify what CFIA has destroyed?

There were alternatives to killing her healthy rare sheep. Canada 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 Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) already destroyed her healthy flock of rare heritage breed Shropshire sheep at Wholearth Farmstudio, a Northumberland County farm that conserves heritage livestock genetics. Over 100 of her healthy sheep were needlessly destroyed, and now there are less than 60 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 spent the last 14 years preserving their rare genetics. You ignored her expert advice when she urged you not to destroy her healthy flock and offered alternative risk free options.

It is alarming that despite lab results proving her entire flock tested negative for scrapie, CFIA officials decided to ‘depopulate’ all of her invaluable 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.

You ignored the expert advice of 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.”

You ignored the expert advice of Rare Breeds Canada Past President Dr. Tom Hutchinson of Trent University who said “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 her genetics, and prevent any more from being destroyed.

Instead of killing healthy endangered breeding animals as you did with Montana Jones's Shropshires—I urge you to meet with her to implement an alternative course of action to preserve rare genetics for ALL HERITAGE LIVESTOCK in Canada.

A heritage breed exemption to CFIA’s current scrapie protocol should include keeping breeding animals alive and reproducing, with on-farm monitoring, surveillance and continued selective breeding to increase the livestock population so they are no longer at risk of extinction in our country.

Please DO NOT send one of your form letters in response...I urgently request your action on this matter.

Please—I urge you to meet with Montana Jones to compensate her for the losses CFIA caused; to re-build and safeguard her traditional heritage Shropshire flock and to develop a heritage livestock exemption for ALL heritage breeds in your current protocols, so that Canada's agricultural biodiversity is protected, as well as my choices in future farming and food.