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Sheep found in Chesley, Ontario farm

The strange yarn of the fugitive flock – heritage sheep said to be related to the first sheep that came from England to Canada – is coming to a messy end after food inspection officials finally found at least some of the quarantined sheep stolen in a high-profile bid to save them from the slaughterhouse.

Canada Food Inspection Agency officials found 28 sheep and has started to kill them, said their owner, Montana Jones.

The sheep were apparently found on a farm near Chesley, Ont., not far from the Lake Huron shore but a five hour drive from her farm in eastern Ontario where they went missing.

The strange yarn of the fugitive flock – heritage sheep said to be related to the first sheep that came from England to Canada – is coming to a messy end after food inspection officials finally found at least some of the quarantined sheep stolen in a high-profile bid to save them from the slaughterhouse. […]

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Will CFIA endanger our future health by destroying a whole genotype?

Jackson Lily 5L at 5yrs

“Sheep believed to be resistant to scrapie are succumbing to atypical infections and a newly identified strain of the disease. Eradication programmes based on selective breeding should be reappraised.” From the experts in prion research…

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Shepherd obtains false government document

False government document claiming scrapie 20 days before samples were even sent in...2 days before tests were done...results of all 14 samples were NEGATIVE for scrapie.

PRESS RELEASE May 1st, 2012—Hastings, Ontario/The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released a statement Friday claiming that a single sheep belonging to a quarantined Ontario farm has tested positive for scrapie. The sheep’s owner suspects the finding was pre-ordained. For over two years shepherd Montana Jones has maintained that the CFIA has not provided evidence […]

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CFIA raids farm to seize and kill 9 Shropshire sheep

CFIA seizes and kills 9 heritage Shropshire sheep /Montana Jones photo

On Friday, April 27 at approximately 7:15 p.m., four CFIA agents and 2 security guards arrived at Montana Jones’ Hastings Ontario farm with an order for the destruction of 9 Shropshire sheep that remained on the farm after 31 sheep went missing earlier this month. They left two vehicles “guarding” the premises overnight. The CFIA […]

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Ewes vs. Them

lamb rescue

The owner of a rare heritage Shropshire sheep flock is taking Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to court. Shepherd Montana Jones has filed a federal court application for judicial review of the Order of Destruction that CFIA issued to kill her 31 apparently healthy sheep…20 which are pregnant and […]

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Leave them alone, and they’ll come home….

Before CFIA in happier times-Montana Sheep Shearing

It’s been over 2 weeks. I miss my sheep, and my sheep are still missing…but still not safe. If and when Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) finds them—they will kill them. After 27 months of uncertainty I want some kind of resolution. The sheep need resolution. Death hovers like a wooly cloud over my beautiful […]

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DoubleSpeak from Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

Sebastien guards his family of Shropshires...what will he do when CFIA kills them all?

Does Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz have difficulty communicating…or understanding concepts? Clearly the facts are not his strong point. His long awaited letter says a great deal of…nothing. He did not respond to a single issue I raised concerning the CFIA’s proposed destruction of 44 rare heritage Shropshire sheep that have all tested negative for scrapie. […]

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Agri-speak

Montana w Shropshire sheep in winter

The sheep are not this tall, and I am not this short…I’m kneeling with the fluffy flock last winter, with Australian Cattle Dog Pi at right. So…had a discouraging phone meeting today with my MP…he had a ‘very brief’ conversation with Agriculture Canada Minister Gerry Ritz last week. Clearly, our Minister of Agriculture is not […]

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#1 on CFIA’s Hit List—Avril

Wholearth-Avril-8N-2-yr-Shropshire

Meet the Flockers on Death Row This is Wholearth Avril 8N, one of our pregnant flock ewes who is on the hit list to be killed by CFIA. She will be 8 years old this spring, when she is due to have lambs…maybe even triplets like last year! If CFIA lets her live, she could […]

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Miller’s 1,340 signatures

Miller is 9 years old in this photo taken June 2005. He sired lambs every year until 2010, when he was euthanized on his 14th birthday. He was in good spirits, had a fulll set of teeth, but had developed arthritis in his front legs and could no longer get up. / Montana Jones photo

(Update March 14, 2015:  Over 11,000 now!) We’ve reached 1,340 signatures in just three days since launching the site, the petiton, and the campaign to stop CFIA and Agriculture Canada from destroying our healthy flock of Shropshire sheep. We will keep going…pass on the link to sign the petition. Meet Miller…he is the essence behind […]

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