Last 25 Messages Transmitted Log
Rescind swine ISO
[182936:101315] M.B., Berkeley, CA
Please protect our heritage swine breeds and the livelihoods of heritage swine breeders by rescinding the DNR ISO and its unlawful application on Michigan farms. Thank you.
[055518:100615] C.E., Saint Cloud, MN
We the people are unwilling to tolerate this blatant disregard of our rights. The MDNR has no jurisdiction over farm, personal pets or livestock. Heritage breeds are important to have as a large divers genetic base to keep swine population healthy. Please use common sense and rescind this Invasive Species Order before it's to late. Their are many of us who will choose to not eat pork rather than eat CAFO pork.
[053514:040815] M.S., Benzonia, MI
The heritage breeds are important to our food supply. As a scientist I recognize the necessity to have a wide genetic base in animals and plants for food safety. Please protect our future by allowing farmers to keep heritage breeds. (They taste better too.)
[085116:021615] L.B., Marquette, MI
I implore that rights be returned to the farmers and breeders of Michigan, if for no other reason than to preserve the generations-old culture of heritage and small-operation pig farming. By restricting farmers to methods used by larger corporations to breed and raise swine, you are erasing part of what gives the Midwest (Michigan in particular) its unique identity and culture. In addition, you are taking the option of purchasing legally pasture-raised pork away from the consumers, making unregulated and "under the table" transactions more appealing.
Please rescind the Invasive Species Order and grant farmers and consumers their freedom back.
[152704:102314] E.P., Arlington, TX
Consumers have the right to choose what foods they eat and what kinds of domestic animals they raise. This is a blatant infringement upon the rights of both Michigan farmers and residents and those of people out of state who happen to purchase meat and hogs from MI farmers.
[025440:080714] T.O., New Braunfels, TX
People are paying attention. Please do not allow these ridiculous bureaucrats to destroy small local farms. More importantly, don't allow them to wipe out the genetic diversity of pigs, we will wish we had those varieties someday, to prevent inbreeding, especially in the face of porcine epidemics. Genetic diversity is very important to our planet. Livestock are NOT invasive.
[042930:080514] m.s., Appleton, WI
Why is the Michigan government attempting to hurt the small farmer who is taking care of his own pigs within his own fence?
[170345:061714] K.B., Sterling Heights, MI
I live in Michigan and am very conciuos of the food I choose to eat. Farmers in Michigan should be able to raise heritage pigs and the DNR should stay out of farming. Please uphold our property rights and right to choose.
[142137:061614] D.E., Santa Fe, NM
I live in New Mexico but buy products from Michigan pork farmers. This would kill my business.
[044455:061414] M.B., Irvine, CA
As a person of logic and integrity, surely you see the need to rescind this unconstitutional order. Please take the time from your otherwise busy schedule to do just that. We cannot let up until this unjust and damaging mistake is rescinded.
[085012:052714] B.M., Austin, TX
What you're doing is very wrong. This is just one example of a small bit of freedom being taken away. What about my family and I? Why are you adding to the pandemic of crooked politicians that this country seems to be based on nowadays? I realize I am here in Texas, but these laws affect everybody and I would like to have my rights as an American to choose what food I put in my body. The diseased CAFO swine you are on board with are of low quality and simply not fit to eat, and because of greed and ignorance, you allow these CAFOs to prevail. Please stop and please know that many people are becoming more and more aware of what is really happening around them. You do have the power right now to do something righteous and something that will be frowned upon by your fellow crooks, but it will bring you a sense of pride as a leader of your people. Lead the people as people, not as sheep.
[222346:050614] A.N., Troy, MI
Please preserve liberty and property rights. We have the right to choose the food we eat and animals we farm. Pigs on a farm are not feral!
[170732:040814] P.P., Grass Valley, CA
I support freedom to raise pigs, even heritage breeds that may fit the bill's definition/description of feral pig. There are many heritage breeds that are wonderful animals as pets and food. We raise the American Guinea Hog. They are docile and do not even root. They are wonderful meat producers, very healthy and hardy pigs that would harm no one, not even property. thank you
[155805:032914] c.n., Charlotte, NC
This country is dumbing down so fast that the politicians can't keep up with it. They are the worst ones. All that is left is corruption, money greed, and total disrespect for our planet. Politicians who get involved into issues like this need to get education first before they think they can play god and don't know anything. FYI: Pigs are not only pink! You should have learned this in elementary school...
[071955:032514] M.M., Durand, MI
With the rising cost of food and contamination of the food supply, consumer's should have the right to choose the food they wish to consume. The government needs to back off and let people be...
[041623:032514] D.W., Plant City, FL
DNR needs to stay off farms. Only the Department of Agriculture should have jurisdiction over farms, not DNR.
[000706:032514] J.F., Big Lake, AK
Dear Governor Snyder,
I was born and raised in Michigan, now an Alaska resident but proudly think of the Great Lake States as my home where friends and family still reside and we visit often. I am elated that Michigan at last has a take action, Republican Governor willing to make steps toward reviving God given constitutional freedoms.
In the interest of property rights, food choice and the constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness, I respectfully request you repeal the Invasive Species Order.
I truly believe in the right to make our own choices to raise or seek and source our food from natural, local owned resources, without invasive government intervention or regulation in favor of (only) large, factory based options.
My immigrant ancestors chose the marvelous and grandeur that is Michigan to settle and build farm, family and freedom and I would greatly appreciate you continuing their desire for economic opportunity, strength, independent sustainability and personal health choices by repealing the ISO.
With great respect,
[185830:032414] K.D., Rosebush, MI
How are we to be free to raise our own pigs in a clean and healthy manner when the DNR has the ability to ruin us over a really vague law? And for what benefit? This is going too far and I voted for you.
[175535:032414] l.l., Big Rapids, MI
Please rescind the ISO on feral swine. The Bakers and many other family farmers, including myself, work hard to provide a source of good, wholesome, local food for our communities. The order violates our rights to make an honest living farming. The ISO limits the genetic diversity of hogs which is very important to maintain. The ISO is not clear and contraindicates itself and should be removed. Thank you
[105505:030514] K.J., Campobello, SC
The small farmer is what has made the USA a great land of opportunity. Agri-business is taking away the rights of farmers and of humane live stock raising. Please STOP going after the small farmer and start supporting them.
[101612:022614] S.G., Canton, MI
Rescind the swine ISO and stop interfering with small farmers ability to make a living!
[111640:022114] J.N., Flint, MI
Dear Governor, What is the point of our state DNR going through all of this? they have no say in regards to how we raise our animals, be them animals meant for food purposes or strictly for pets. Farms are not the DNR's jurisdiction. The forests and parks are. The DNR need to stay where they belong and stop wasting our tax dollars on a battle that they are losing.
And if they are answering to someone else other then The State of Michigan. Then I say it's time the DNR gets a spring clean-up of it's officials. From the looks of things, it's long over due.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
[073030:022014] t.C., Flint, MI
There is NOT a feral swine problem anymore than there is a wolf problem in the state of Michigan.
The DNR has committed animal cruelty/abuse which is against the law of the state of Michigan. When will these DNR agents be held accountable for the slaughters of helpless pigs? Has anyone seen the pictures, because I have.
Why I wouldn't buy Corporate meat in MI -
How is it raised? What does it eat? How long does it live it's life out before slaughter? How is it housed? How well is it grazed? Mark Baker and MI Farmers will answer every one of these questions.
No industrial meat facility can answer any of the above questions. Nuff said.
[072219:021114] M.H., Kalkaska, MI
We the people are unwilling to tolerate this blatant power grab of our basic personal rights. The DNR has no legal jurisdiction over farms and personal pets or livestock. We are quickly reaching our limit of the invasive administration and their corrupt protection and support of corporate agriculture and the DNR with its desire for more power over individuals and money from hunters.
[054437:013114] J.H., Stewart, MN
This absolutely reeks of a power grab by big ag. I for one would quit eating pork before I would go back to eating what passes for pork raised in confinement. The DNR and Michigan Pork Producers are the ones who should be fined. Perhaps we should consider slaughtering all the confinement raised hogs as eating those antibiotic filled, grain raised swine poses a health risk. Time to put someone in charge who can't be bought and uses common sense.