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Blackout. sheep trial, CFIA

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Adrian Humphreys | February 27, 2015 | Last Updated: Mar 1 5:07 PM ET
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The bizarre case of a flock of rare sheep — purportedly stolen from an Ontario farm by agricultural activists to thwart a federal kill order during a disease scare — was adjourned after government documents suggested the infected sheep that sparked the high-profile standoff could have actually been an animal from the United States.

Internal documents from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) also suggest workers may have tried to cover up any potential mistake or withheld information from its own reports, defence lawyers complain.

However, until more of the government’s records on the controversial case are released, it is difficult to know precisely what has gone on since 2010, when a sheep tested positive for scrapie, a degenerative disease in sheep similar to the “mad cow disease” that affects cattle.

Whether the diseased sheep came from the Ontario ewe, as the CFIA publicly says, or an American ram, as documents in court suggest it was once thought, is important not only for the criminal case but also for cross-border agricultural trade.

On Monday, a 22-page letter from Shawn Buckley, a B.C. lawyer defending sheep owner Montana Jones against criminal charges, was submitted in court asking for an adjournment until the government can provide fuller documentation.

An internal CFIA email is quoted in Mr. Buckley’s letter saying: “The tattoo on the animal indicates it was imported from the USA — may be interesting … since this [is] a male and imported the focus goes to its herd of origin and therefore doesn’t require much on this farm in Canada.”

The sheep on Ms. Jones’ farm was a female and had never been to the U.S., Ms. Jones said.

I can’t comment on it. I’d love to comment on it. I’d love to correct all the errors in that letter

Other documents raise a concern that the sheep’s tissue sample appeared to have been sent for testing wrapped in a bag but arrived in a hard box, suggesting undocumented repackaging.

“I am now faced with what appears to be a deliberate effort by these CFIA employees to gather very relevant evidence and deliberately hide it,” Mr. Buckley’s letter to the court says.

The CFIA did not respond to a request for comment.

Damien Frost, a lawyer acting on the federal government’s behalf in the prosecution of the case, said he could not comment on the specifics of the letter, saying he was going to apply Monday morning to have a publication ban placed on the proceedings.

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Aaron Lynett / National PostUnpasteurized milk crusader and agricultural activist Michael Schmidt.

“I can’t comment on it. I’d love to comment on it. I’d love to correct all the errors in that letter,” he said. He added that once all of the information is known, the picture will be clearer.

Ms. Jones and a co-accused — unpasteurized milk crusader and agricultural activist Michael Schmidt — are charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, obstructing a peace officer, obstructing justice and obstructing the Health of Animals Act after Ms. Jones’ flock was secretly moved to thwart a government-ordered slaughter.

http://www.shropshiresheep.orgMontana Jones shearing one of her flock.

“We’ve got major concerns about disclosure in this case,” Mr. Buckley said in an interview. “A key factor is going to be them being able to try to prove that a sheep from Montana’s farm came down with scrapie in Alberta. And with the disclosure I have to date there are holes — there are huge holes.”

Judge Lorne Chester ordered the adjournment until April 27 to allow time for the government to provide more of its internal documents.

The sheep case was strange from the start.

In 2010, a sheep in Alberta tested positive for scrapie and the CFIA started an investigation. The CFIA then declared the sheep came from Ms. Jones’ farm in Hastings, 170 kilometres east of Toronto, where she bred Shropshire Sheep, a rare breed that traces its lineage back to the first sheep imported to Canada from England.

The CFIA moved to slaughter her flock. She fought to save them, often through emotional standoffs.

Before CFIA officers and police arrived at her farm in 2012 with an order to destroy 31 sheep, including 20 pregnant ewes, the flock went missing during the night.

Ms. Jones told the National Post at the time that she opened her barn door and found a note but no sheep. The handwritten letter, left on a nail hammered into a post near the barn’s door, said the flock had been taken into “protective custody” by the “Farmers Peace Corp.”

It sparked a police lambhunt.

“I hope they’re safe,” she said at the time. “I have no idea where they are.”

http://www.shropshiresheep.orgA handwritten letter, left on a nail hammered into a post near the barn’s door, said Montana Jones’ flock had been taken into “protective custody” by the “Farmers Peace Corp.”

Neither did the Ontario Provincial Police until the sheep were found months later at a farm about a five-hour drive from her farm. The flock was slaughtered.

One of those charged alongside Ms. Jones and Mr. Schmidt, Suzanne Atkinson, a farmer and a freelance reporter with an agricultural newspaper, pleaded guilty in December to unlawful transport of quarantined animals without a licence.

Karen Selick, litigation director with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, is assisting Ms. Jones with the case.

“The case really boils down to some major constitutional issues,” Ms. Selick said in an interview.

“[Ms. Jones] has had her livelihood ruined over a suspicion — a mere suspicion by a bureaucrat who doesn’t give a damn. It makes someone from CFIA judge, jury and executioner with no higher authority,” she said.

The foundation plans to oppose the government’s request for a publication ban on Monday.

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sheep napping black out Michael Schmidt

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Read All About It! News Blackout on Sheep-napping Case

by: David Gumpert Mon, 03/02/2015 – 19:26 posted in:
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With a prosecutor upset about disclosures on this blog about the scrapie-related sheep-napping case, a Canadian judge earlier today took the extraordinary step of imposing a news blackout on the case.

The effect of the blackout was immediate: The National Post, a major Canadian publication, immediately took down an article published Friday about how a sheep identified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a carrier of scrapie may well have come from the U.S., and not from Montana Jones’ herd of rare Shropshire sheep. If that is the case, then her sheep were likely destroyed as part of a charade to shift blame, and the charges against her and Michael Schmidt are a sham as well.

Fortunately, you can find the article–here’s a cached version from Google; it was also re-posted on a Texas blog about scrapie. But better hurry if it’s something you want to have a copy of–who knows how long it will last anywhere. Also, The Bovine has a summary and excerpts.

Even news of the judge’s order seemed to be blacked out. Confirmation came from the Schmidt-Jones defense team. It’s hard to believe the Canadian media would be so timid as to immediately go along with a court’s order to put a muzzle on free speech, without even so much as a whimper, or a court challenge of their own.

It’s also hard to believe the judge would act so precipitously. Canadian legal rules provide that requests for news blackouts in preliminary inquiries of the sort ongoing for Schmidt and Jones should come in advance of the inquiry. Once the inquiry begins, both sides are required to agree to it. But the judge seems to have ignored the fact that the defense opposed the blackout, and wouldn’t even allow time for the defense lawyer, Shawn Buckley, to fly cross country to mount an argument against the prosecution request.

The news blackout seemed to be motivated by two desires:

1. Most important, to limit the expanding flow of embarrassing information coming out about the CFIA’s handling of the case. The first of that information came via a 22-page letter from a member of the defense team that I posted last week, and do again here now. The defense lawyer, Shawn Buckley, accuses the CFIA of “hiding” key information and of making only partial disclosures of email exchanges among agents, so as to confuse the defense. My decision to publish this letter apparently irked the CFIA prosecutor and, together with the article in the National Post, convinced the prosecution to seek the news blackout.

– A secondary goal seems to be to dry up contributions to the Canadian Constitutional Foundation, which is mounting the defense for farmers Michael Schmidt and Montana Jones. From the start, the prosecution has tried an array of tactics to disrupt the defense in this bizarre case that stems from a 2010 dispute between the Canadian government and farm owner Montana Jones over whether her rare Shropshire sheep should be slaughtered because they were supposedly exposed to the serious disease, scrapie. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, insisted the sheep needed to be slaughtered to determine for certain whether they harbored scrapie. Jones insisted there was no evidence they did, and sought to negotiate a compromise whereby her farm would be quarantined for up to five years to be certain. The CFIA refused to bend. When its agents arrived in 2012, the sheep had disappeared, with only a note left behind that the sheep had been placed in “protective custody” by something called the “Farmers Peace Corps.” (The Canadian Constitutional Foundation has provided additional background on the case.)

Canadian supporters of Schmidt and Jones are rightfully worried that the absence of news coverage in Canada could seriously hurt the case. I’m not so sure. Sometimes, when governments attempt censorship, that simply stirs supporters to work around the censorship attempts and get the information out more widely than it otherwise would have gone. That’s one of the big advantages of the Internet.

I have committed to Canadian supporters to use this blog as a source of information on what’s happening in the case. To give that commitment leverage, I encourage readers to circulate this blog post as well as other news reports that will be coming up as widely as possible on social media. Use your Facebook groups and Twitter accounts to get the word out as widely as you can. Encourage re-distribution.

I have also committed to getting the word out about the need to raise funds for the defense team. The banner at the top of this post provides information about contributing to the Canadian Constitutional Foundation, which is defending the farmers; here is a link to the donation page.

Here’s my prediction: This blackout will spring so many leaks that the news coverage will become bigger and wider than it ever would have been otherwise.

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Thanks for this information, you are quite accurate reporting and interesting analysis. Canada really in need of connecting to healthy Raw Milk and Foods.

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With luck this could provide a great example of the Streisand Effect ( ), that phenomenon whereby attempted shutdown of media events only draws attention to them. Seems like a great opportunity, and it couldn’t happen to more deserving people.

Nothing would surprise me about Canada’s media when it comes to kowtowing to the government. I used to want to move there but ever since its government’s radical tilt to the right Canada has been one of the places I would *least* want to go to.

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Michael Schmidt breaks radio silence with first public interview in months

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Michael Schmidt has been conspicuous by his absence from the raw milk and food rights scene for quite some months now. Instead of traveling the continent as keynote speaker at conferences, he quietly tends to his cows and avoids the limelight — which leads many to wonder what is up with the mystery man. Fortunately, for those who have been wondering, this recent self-interview from Michael sheds a little light on some of the latest developments in Michael’s long, and still continuing, work in the fields of raw milk and food rights.

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Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Associate Dean, University of Guelph, the only scientist who openly said that change should and can happen if the DFO would have the courage and the political will to tackle the raw milk issue. Marie-Chantal Houde, farmer and cheese maker from Quebec, Michael Schmidt


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Read Andreas’ Basic and free low carb primer which more or less includes wheat belly, primal and paleo which are all offshoots or tweaks on low carb high fat and avoid grains and starch. The new fad of resistant starch is changing things a bit, but for now a solid understanding of what LCHF is and is not, is a great place to start.

I’m not so sure I like the hoopla and almost fanatical and cultish aura surrounding some paleo, primal and wheat belly followers. I prefer the facts without the drama. Yep great health benefits without grains. Not new information..just new attention -big time-and to the benefit of argument there,  but all are essentially low carb high fat, 2nd and 3rd generation modifications..ala Dr Atkins, as natural as possible foods..simple. No nonsense. No tabloid declarations of Ripley’s Believe It or Not or National Enquirer dimensions.  Cut the crap..low carb high fat.





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