Monday, April 16,
(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now confirm that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has, in total violation of the Fourth Amendment, conducted two armed raids on pig farmers in that state, one in
See our previous report on this subject at:
And hear my interview with Mark Baker, who runs one of the farms to be targeted by the Michigan government, at:
The ISO also deems farmers who raise these pigs to be felons, and DNR officials were ready to make arrests on the scene and haul away these farmers to be prosecuted as hardened criminals.
think this is an unconstitutional order, these actions of the DNR are way out
of bounds," attorney Joseph O'Leary told NaturalNews
in an interview today. He is representing one of the farmers who was targeted in these raids. "To take what was six months ago an
entirely legal activity, and suddenly people are felons over it. They're not
growing drugs, running guns or killing anybody, they're raising animals
pursuant to USDA regulations and state of
In anticipation of the DNR arriving on the scene, one farmer engaged in what can only be described as a heart-wrenching task of shooting his own pigs, one by one, including baby piglets before the DNR arrived. This was to avoid being arrested as a felon. His livelihood is now completely destroyed, as the state of
"It was very traumatic for him. These guys are farmers, and I know how much he cared for the animals there, and the DNR treats these like they're some kind of a plant that needs to be exterminated rather than animals that people care about," said O'Leary.
Here is what one of the raided farmers had to say about his experience of being forced to destroy his pigs:
"I was served a search warrant yesterday at 7: 45am. I have killed all my hogs. [DNR] gave me papers that say I do not have any hogs on my property. All they saw were dead hogs laying around from my mass slaughtering. It took 12 guys 4 times in there to kill all of them, sows with young, Pregnant sows, dozens of piglets, and old mature boars. It has been a sad few weeks. Does anyone know what it feels like to open fire on 20 baby piglets in one group which weigh between 5 lbs and 15 lbs. They are so adorable and cute. They commented to everyone that they never saw a fence built so tough and no way would a hog get out of this area." (www.BakersGreenAcres.com)
One of the raids targeted Ron McKendrick of Renegade Ranch in
Another raid was conducted against the farm of Dave Tuxberry. He's the man who was forced to shoot all his own pigs before DNR agents arrived, in order to avoid being arrested as a felon.