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Farm Family Threatened with $700,000 Fine for Raising Pigs

News release from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Baker FamilyFalls Church, VA—( GlobeNewswire )The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through the Michigan Attorney General, is asking the judge hearing Mark Baker’s case to fine him $700,000. DNR believes Mark has 70 “illegal pigs” being raised in violation of an invasive species order (ISO). Possession of prohibited swine carries penalties of up to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000 per violation, so the state is asking for the maximum fine allowed under the law for raising what the state deems the wrong breed of pig.

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Lawsuit Opens Up New Legal Front Against Swine ISO

Action alert from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Heritage pigFor over a year now, four different lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Order on swine have been making their way through Michigan county courts. Recently a fifth lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan challenging the swine ISO on grounds that an 1842 Treaty between the Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Tribe and the United States of America controls over any Michigan laws. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is serving as custodian of the funding provided for the lawsuit.

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Michigan Agency Creates Hardship for Heritage Pig Farmers

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Press release from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Falls Church, Virginia, April 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using the state Invasive Species Act to expand its jurisdiction beyond hunting and fishing to farming operations. Their controversial Invasive Species Order (ISO) prohibits certain pigs the agency
deems “feral.” The way it is enforcing the rule even domesticated pigs under human husbandry are suspect. Farmers, ranchers and game preserves with successful small businesses are now threatened with economic and criminal sanctions, based on the physical characteristics of their swine.

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