Monday, August 27, 2012

Michigan outlaws pigs

  • On April 1, 2012, the Invasive Species Order (ISO), issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), went into effect
  • The ISO prohibits anyone in the state from possessing what MDNR defines as “invasive species of swine,” which can basically include any type of hog raised outside of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
  • Any farmer or other individual found to be in possession of such a hog could be charged with a felony and subjected to up to two years in jail and a $20,000 fine
  • The ISO threatens farmer’s rights and may make sustainably raised pastured pork essentially illegal, and very hard to come by in the state
  • The ISO is not a law; rather, it’s an “action” or “order” that’s been taken by a state agency; as such, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has the authority to tell MDNR to rescind the ISO, and your help is needed to prompt this action
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  1. This sounds like one of those weird laws that states made up like 200+ years ago and never bothered to get rid of--are they for real??? How do they stand on chickens?

  2. I first read about this on one of the goat forums. Folks weren't taking it seriously. The most recent issue of Acres U.S.A has a story about it, so it is beginning to make waves. We can only hope for repeal of this abusive and ridiculous order.


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