Prevent Rare Sheep from Being Slaughtered

Target: George Da Pont, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Goal: Stop needless slaughter of last Shropshire sheep herd based on unfounded suspicions of disease

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) plans to eradicate a herd of extremely rare Shropshire sheep based on suspicions that the sheep have a threatening disease. There is a severe lack of evidence suggesting the sheep have this condition and the Canadian government has dismissed the flock’s owners’ well-documented lab results that prove the flock does not carry disease. Regardless, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has formally issued arrest warrants for a group of farmers and raw milk advocates who raise the rare heritage breed. Shropshire sheep are very rare and already near extension. The government of Canada needs to provide proof for the disease in the flock or leave the sheep and their herders alone.

The CFIA plans to eradicate a herd of Shropshire sheep based on suspicions that the sheep carry scrapie, a fatal, degenerative disease that affect a sheep’s central nervous system.  The shepherd/owner of the flock has spent the last 12 years preserving the sheep’s rare genetics and has well documented lab results that prove his entire flock does not carry scrapie. Credible professionals, such as representatives of Farmers Peace Corp, are demanding proper proof from the CFIA for the existence of scrapie in the Shropshire sheep.  The CFIA is not considering alternatives to eradicating the sheep.

Saving the genetics of this rare breed is important.  Before the rise of industrial agriculture, farmers raised heritage breeds like Shropshire sheep. Factory farming practices have reduced breed variety, resulting in many breeds becoming extinct. In the past 15 years, 190 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide, and another 1,500 breeds are at risk of being wiped out as well. The herd in question consists of 44 sheep. If they are killed, the breed will be very close to extinction, with only 107 breeding females remaining in Canada. Shropshire sheep are threatened and must be protected.

PETITION LETTER

Dear George Da Pont,

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) plans to eradicate a herd of extremely rare Shropshire sheep based on suspicions that the sheep have scrapie, a fatal, degenerative disease. However, there is a severe lack of evidence suggesting the sheep have this condition and credible professionals are demanding proper proof from the CFIA for the existence of scrapie in the Shropshire sheep.  The shepherd/owner of the flock has spent the last 12 years preserving the sheep’s rare genetics and has well documented lab results that prove his entire flock does not carry scrapie. Without credible tests that empirically prove the existence of scrapie, to proceed with the planned extermination of the flock is unacceptable.

In the past 15 years, 190 breeds of farm animals have gone extinct worldwide due to the implementation of factory farming. Currently, another 1,500 others breeds are at risk of being wiped out as well. If the herd of sheep in question are killed, shropshire sheep will be very close to extinction, with only 107 breeding females remaining in Canada. Unless the government of Canada provides proof for the disease in the flock, they must leave the sheep and their herders alone.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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