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 very well live to be 14 like her dear old Dad Miller (Kelsey Miller 1F). She is a wonderful heritage combination of genetics, out of an Ed Jackson ewe 3L.
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 pregnant ewes…they’re out there somewhere about to lamb in an unfamiliar place, with an unfamiliar face.
I have been asked by the Farmers Peace Corp to speak on their behalf on the sad occasion of today’s unnecessary killing of 31 rare sheep.
I have no knowledge about the different people involved.
I do however have repeatedly publicly encouraged the need to act because of the gross misconduct and history of corruption by CFIA officials and their disrespect and ignorance towards a common sense solution as an alternative to killing.
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 fully informed nor even slightly knowledgeable on sheep nor scrapie nor genetics. This Goliath doesn’t even communicate in the same language…shouldn’t he know a little something about an agricultural matter his government has just spent 4.5 million dollars to ‘look into’? He’ll have to be educated before he can even enter into any discussion on the matter , and time is running out.