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.