Big Agriculture Inspired Law Makes it a Crime to Own a Pig
Big agriculture is trying to eliminate the small family farm in Michigan.
Only factory farms legal
The state of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources is set to enforce a law, passed in 2010, which goes into effect on April 1, 2012, that outlaws "Possession of the following live species, including hybrid or genetic variant of the species, and/or offspring of the species or of a hybrid or genetically engineered variant, is prohibited:
(b) Wild boar, wild hog, wild swine, feral pig, feral hog, feral swine, Old World swine, razorback, eurasian wild boar, Russian wild boar (Sus scrofa Linnaeus) This subsection does not and is not intended to effect sus domestica involved in domestic hog production."
In other words, Michigan is outlawing the raising and keeping of anything but hogs raised on factory farms in filthy conditions by big agribusiness.
Possession of even one of these animals is a felony, punishable by up to to four years in prison. It will put out of business the farmers at Michigan's Baker's Green Acres. There they have been raising mangalitsa pigs, which are covered with thick black fur, perfect for staying healthy through the state's cold winters.
Corey Hill,writing for alternet.org, states "...this law and the support of the Michigan Pork Producer's Association is nothing more than a concerted effort to muscle small sustainable farmers out of the marketplace entirely...This won't be the first time farmers and citizens going up against the entrenched interests of Big Ag face serious consequences. In Los Angeles, vegan store owners have been arrested at gunpoint for selling raw milk. Even the Amish have been targeted, with the FDA stepping in to stop cross-state sale of raw milk in 2012."
This is the manner by which state legislatures and governors all over America are protecting the interests of the corporatocracy over the interests of the people these days.
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