Shropshire Herd In Danger Of Slaughter For Disease They Don’t Have

ShropshireSheep.org | Save Our Shropshires—Only 132 Heritage breeding ewes left in Canada.

Overall, I’m extremely proud to be a Canadian, and recognize how lucky I am to live in this country. Freedom, democracy, justice…those are just a few things I’m very thankful to have. But today, I ran across something that is so UNJUST it boggles my mind to think that something like this would happen in Canada.

At a farm not too far from my own, is Montana Jones and Wholearth Farmstudio, home of an amazing herd of very rare Shropshire sheep. Montana has been working for over 12 years to perfect and preserve the genetics of these terrific sheep. But sadly, in just a few days, her entire flock will be slaughtered by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) because..wait for it…they tested negative for scrapies! Yes, they are being slaughtered under the guise of “disease management” for a disease they don’t even have!

Rams, ewes (pregnant or not), and lambs. All will be lost. There are only 132 breeding ewes left in Canada, so if this flock is lost, it will be an enormous loss for the Shropshire breed overall. If you think this is as crazy, disturbing and unjust as I do, please visit the link above or below and sign the petition. There’s not much time left.

You can visit http://shropshiresheep.org/,  or http://wholearth.com to read more about Montana and her sheep, and to sign the petition. You don’t have to be Canadian to sign, you just have to care.

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4 thoughts on “Shropshire Herd In Danger Of Slaughter For Disease They Don’t Have

    • I couldn’t agree more. It’s just baffling that they are going to do this! I really don’t understand the justification behind it. It would be bad enough to happen to a well established breed, but even worse to happen to one so rare. It’s just a shame.

  1. Please provide the evidence that the flock does not have scrapie. I think that you should do a little research and you might find out there is a lot more to this story than the side that you hear from Ms. Jones.

    • If I understand correctly, the only way to conclusively determine wether an animal is infected is to test brain tissue from a dead animal. The herd has been under quarantine for 2 years without any symptoms being shown, and the preliminary tests that have been done are all negative.
      Would it be correct to kill the entire flock to do the proper testing and then find out that none of them were infected?
      Or perhaps it would better to keep them under quarantine for another 3 years (if scrapies doesn’t show itself until the animal is 5 years of age, if what I’ve read about the disease is true) and keep a close eye on their health.
      I do believe there are two sides to every story, including this one, but killing an entire flock of rare breed sheep for something you can not prove that they have, and see no symptoms of? To me, that is wrong.

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