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The heartless pig slaughter goes on

The slaughter continues. In Michigan, farmers are killing their own pigs out of fear of their state government.

Here’s an account from Natural News.

But resistance is building.

Here’s email from Greg “Moose Man” Johnson (forwarded by D; original capitilization and punctuation retained; a few redundant or personal passages cut):

DNR has Breached Bio-security at two Heritage Breed Farms

Big Green trucks containing a specialized task force of DNR agents has rolled across Deer Tracks Ranch and Renegade Ranch this past week.

Yes, there are dozens of Dead Pigs in Michigan. This needless slaughter of innocent pigs rest solely on Governor Rick Snyder’s head.

This DNR mess is the Governor’s own Fault and he needs to Stop this senseless carnage Now.

The DNR Pig Law makes owning a pig with erect ears or folder or flopped ears a felony offense… turning farmers into felons…

Or if you are a farmer you have the choice to kill off all of your own pigs to satisfy the DNR’s lust for power. (see Tuck’s story below)

The new law-of-the-land has armed DNR agents, inspecting heritage breed farms across Michigan and it is at their sole discretion as to what pigs live and what pigs die. (Hey, these people are honest farmers not convicted criminals)

This Insane Law was not made by the Michigan State Legislature but rather by One Man.

The DNR Pig Law is an “Edict” signed by DNR Director Rodney Stokes who was personally appointed by Governor Rick Snyder.

Death and Destruction at Deer Tracks Ranch

Here is what has happened to Dave Tuxbury “Tucks” at his Ranch when he agreed to be “Cooperative and Work with the DNR”… he sold off all the pigs he could… We are from the Government and we are here to help.

“You Either Kill off your pigs or face Felony Charges”

Moose Man here, this is an incredible tough decision to make for anyone who has farm animals or pets. This was an email I received after Friday’s Smack Down at Tuck’s farm…

Subject: search warrant

I was served a search warrant yesterday at 7: 45 am.

After 8 guys 3 four wheelers, and 4 hours, DNR decided I was correct. I have killed all my hogs. They 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 (DNR) commented to everyone that they never saw a fence built so tough and no way would a hog get out of this area. I trenched 2′ then installed chain link fencing, then a 10′ high tightlock fence on top of that. (200 acre area ) They never saw a fence like that.

Dave Tuxbury
deer tracks ranch

Note from the Moose Man: – Tuck’s place is a double fence containment system, the pig hunting is done within a 200 acre enclosure which resides with in a 1500 acre (+) high fence estate…

It is INSANE to make Tuck’s kill his own pigs…or face Felony Charges

I don’t know how you feel, but this makes me sick.

A Council of War was called to Unify the Resistance

Last week at Bear Mountain Lodge, I met with the owners of Green Acres Farm, Hogan Hogs, and the Tingstad Clan to discuss and prepare for DNR’s assaults on our farms.

We brought in attorneys, lobbyist and the best minds in farming and politics to develop multiple working scenarios to beat the DNR in Court.

After what happened at Tuck’s Farm I can tell you that this Alliance will not submit to this arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power.

But, I need Your Help, Again. You are definitely part of the Solution. …

Apply a little more pressure to get to the root of the evil.

I need your help in over coming the next obstacle.

After Ringing the Governors Office last week I am told that their is another “Road Block” to getting the Message to the Governor

Director Dan Wyant needs to hear about this Problem!

Director, Dan is the “Road Block” and he needs to deliver this message to Governor Snyder.

This has to stop… Governor Snyder you Need to Stop the DNR Pig Law

Director Dan is the King Pin for the Michigan Triad, which is a compilation of three Directors for the Michigan Quality of Life Group. …

They need to hear their phones ringing and understand what really is Going on! They need to stop this insane Killing of Pigs!

Boy, I hate politics, but I must ask you to again to please make the Bell Ring at the Capitol…

Ring the Capital

Bottom Line:
The Governor Needs to Stop the Invasive Species Order – Now

Call – Director Dan Wyant
(517) 373-7917, if that line is busy please Call (517) 241-7390

Also Call – Governor Rick Snyder (517) 335-7858

Your Friend
Greg “Moose Man” Johnson
Bear Mountain LLC
324 Co Rd 480
Negaunee, Michigan 49866

The exhortations to contact Michigan officials are “Moose Man’s” and were meant for D, to whom he sent the email, but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind some additional moral support. Getting behind this one could be pre-emptive self-defense for anyone who raises animals of any kind. If this can happen to legitimate farmers or ranchers in one state, you know it can happen to anybody who owns animals, anywhere.

Yes, escaped pigs can be incredibly dangerous and destructive. But that’s not what we’re talking about, is it? We’re talking about a rampaging “animal” far more dangerous than boars or elephants or rhinos. And you know what “animal” I mean.


  1. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 16, 2012 6:04 pm

    “erect ears or folder or flopped ears”

    Ok, I’m not as familiar with pig characteristics as I’d like to be, what types of ears are left?

  2. Claire
    Claire April 16, 2012 6:11 pm

    Ellendra, I wondered the same thing. While a pig farmer or boar rancher might be able to enlighten us both, I do remember that the original criteria for the pigs to be killed included a whole lot of things (including hair coloring) that appeared amazingly arbitrary to me.

  3. EN
    EN April 16, 2012 6:12 pm

    “what types of ears are left?”

    None! It’s not the intention of the evil doers that three should be.

  4. clark
    clark April 16, 2012 7:56 pm

    Could you imagine if this came to pass?:

    … “You need to get together and deputize a 20-man posse to catch these thugs [the DNR] and arrest them at gunpoint, then haul them into the local Sheriff’s office to be booked and prosecuted.”

    It’d be like watching a monster bite its own hand? Dogs do it with their tails, so I guess it”s possible monsters might too?

  5. Simon Jester
    Simon Jester April 16, 2012 8:40 pm

    These folks need to be fed to the hogs.

  6. jb
    jb April 16, 2012 8:48 pm

    The local sheriff should be asked to do his JOB.

    He has authority over any gummintal thugs, and should be there to arrest whichever one imagines they have authority over another’s property.

  7. Sandi
    Sandi April 16, 2012 9:56 pm

    I don’t understand what problem this edict is supposed to be solving. And how can an unelected official, I’m assuming he’s unelected, put out an edict that his this powerful that he can have armed men come to enforce it? This appears extremely wrong on the surface, but I don’t know the details. I’m trying to imagine what kind of scenario would justify this.

  8. Bill
    Bill April 16, 2012 10:31 pm

    I believe a dump truck load or two of dead pigs delivered to the capitol would get the governors’ attention. Spill them on the street as close to the front doors as you can get them.

  9. WolfSong
    WolfSong April 17, 2012 4:48 am

    Basically, what they’re saying is if you have pigs that aren’t your typical pink skinned, commercial farm hog, they’re going to come kill them, and arrest you. Interesting. A move backed by the large pork producers to get rid of the competition? After all, more and more people are moving towards local foods, and heritage breeds, taking $ out of big pork’s pockets. And big pork don’t like to lose money…

    I like Bill’s idea. Sounds like a damn fine plan to me.

  10. bumperwack
    bumperwack April 17, 2012 5:30 am

    The hogs aren’t the pigs that need killing.

  11. M
    M April 17, 2012 5:47 am

    WolfSong – You are exactly correct. Heritage Breeds included in the slaughter will be (at least according to DNR pdf with Characteristics described :

    Choctaw Pig
    Gloucestershire Old Spots
    American Guinea Hog
    Hereford Hog
    Large Black Hog
    American Mulefoot Hog
    Ossabaw Island Hog
    Red Wattle Hog
    Tamworth Swine

    That means any Hog that fits into the “Self-Sufficient” category. Homesteader type critters.

  12. M
    M April 17, 2012 5:57 am

    Also – I should have included some of these articles concerning the issue:
    This seems to be a systematic attack from DNR. Then again, what can you expect from a State that requires one to register their milk cow with the officials and track their movement?

  13. Grenadier1
    Grenadier1 April 17, 2012 7:32 am

    Seems the best way to stop this would be to “Occupy” the farms and just dare the DNR to come out and play. If you draw enough National attention (even negative attention) the goons will back down.
    Or we get another Waco that will set it all off. Not exactly ready for it to go down but hell its got to start somewhere.

  14. redneek24
    redneek24 April 17, 2012 8:01 am

    The farmers need to stop killing their own pigs. Let the DNR do it and get it all on video.

  15. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 17, 2012 8:35 am

    So, what’s the last straw? If one beuracrat from the state deciding to destroy innocent peoples private property and their way of making a living isn’t enough to cause a general uprising, then what is? How about some civil disobedience, a little monkey wrenching, road blocks etc.

  16. Latigo Morgan
    Latigo Morgan April 17, 2012 8:55 am

    Is the DNR director, by any chance, a muslim?

  17. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal April 17, 2012 9:06 am

    It’s the aPIGcalypse!

    Seriously, this sort of thing has been going on, apparently unnoticed, in the pet trade for decades. I have heard of many people who had pets that for some reason or another were declared “illegal”, or even suspected to be, whose beloved animals were killed in order to “protect the species” and other such idiotic excuses. During my pet store years I warned several people to keep their mouths shut about their “criminal pets” if they didn’t want The State to kill them.

  18. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 17, 2012 10:32 am

    @Kent It happened in England several years ago, too. For a while it was fashionable for those who could afford it to keep big cats as “pets”. Then the government required those cats to be registered. Then the cats were outlawed. Some owners decided to turn their cats loose instead of killing them, and now there are enough panthers roaming the british countryside to have established a small breeding population. I have friends who track them. They aren’t exactly common, but there are enough of them to be worth keeping an eye out for in some areas.

    I wonder how many “feral pigs” there will suddenly be in Michigan after this.

  19. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 17, 2012 10:37 am

    I wonder if there are farms outside of Michigan that would willing to adopt those pigs for a while?

  20. clark
    clark April 17, 2012 2:37 pm

    It’s probably a felony to transport them outside the state too?
    More importantly, it’s probably way too costly.

    The farmers are likely trying to stop further losses, transporting them would be against their best interests financially.

    On a car website, guys are suggesting the state will try to outlaw older cars, a taking without compensation. This here pig story is yet further precedence for doing so.

    I was going to say, “Someday, the state taking property without compensation will be common, it already is with land.” … but then I realized with asset forfeiture in the war against some drugs it’s already common.

    The state owns Everything.
    Everything for the state,
    nothing outside the state,
    nothing against the state.

  21. Laura
    Laura April 17, 2012 6:47 pm

    I don’t understand why the farmers haven’t made this news by using the national media? Why not get this information on Primetime or Nightline and get national attention on this situation? This is an awful situation.

  22. Jadalina
    Jadalina April 17, 2012 7:34 pm

    Every pig I ever showed in high school would be considered feral under this insanity! I agree with the ones who’ve said to let DNR bloody their own hands. I’d stand back and stream it live onto the net while they did. Let them explain THAT to the world!

  23. Claire
    Claire April 17, 2012 8:18 pm

    I’d also like to see the farmers or their friends video the DNR at its dirty work. But if I understand correctly, the reason the farmers are pre-emptively slaughtering their own pigs is that they’d be arrested as felons if the DNR showed up and they still possessed “illegal pigs.”

    Yes, insanity. Perhaps some gutsy pig owner will do just that, though. Get arrested and help bring this tyranny more attention.

  24. M
    M April 17, 2012 8:52 pm

    But if I understand correctly, the reason the farmers are pre-emptively slaughtering their own pigs is that they’d be arrested as felons if the DNR showed up and they still possessed “illegal pigs.”

    That is true. It’s also Illegal to record DNR as they are operating under the “Agents of the State” via Statutes.

    Get ya’ coming and going don’t ya’ know.

  25. Mike
    Mike April 17, 2012 9:13 pm

    Alright Claire,How much longer ’til the Revolution? This kind of crap has to stop. You say when,and count me in!

  26. LA
    LA April 18, 2012 7:36 am

    I just watched a documentary about Josef Stalin and how all of the farmers’ livestock and crops were being seized. Meawhile some farmers destroyed many of their livestock protesting the take over. This slaughter sounds way too similar to what happened back then. It sounds like soon it will be illegal to have livestock/grow your own crops and you will be forced to buy from grocery stores. I hope that it doesn’t happen… otherwise we’ll be in hiding growing/raising.

  27. Michelle
    Michelle April 18, 2012 6:19 pm

    go to Baker’s Green Acres website. it’s all there in video detail.

    i live in Michigan and I will not register or pedigree any of my livestock anymore. none of their damn business what i raise for my freezer.

    Dirt is in the details: this DNR act was supported by the Michigan Pork Producers and the Michigan Milk Producers…….only big agribusiness will be allowed to raise animals.

  28. clark
    clark April 18, 2012 7:06 pm

    Laura, maybe this will help you to understand:

    It won’t be allowed onto Primetime or Nightline because doing so goes against the goals of the media owners who all support “… the drive toward global governance, which – although wounded by the truth-telling power of the Internet and alternative media – continues unabated by the Anglo-American Axis of a few wealthy families manipulating markets, governments and wars for profit and enhancement of their power and control. They often use the the technique known as the Hegelian Dialectic to advance their one world agenda. Murdoch and his gigantic media empire appear to play the conservative side while other Western mainstream media establishment players take the liberal socialist left. …”

  29. Claire
    Claire April 19, 2012 8:43 am

    Thanks, Michelle. I understand that the Baker’s Green Acres site has become something of a repository for horror stories about this horrible act of “government by and for Big Ag.”

  30. Pat
    Pat April 20, 2012 4:19 am

    “Alright Claire,How much longer ’til the Revolution? This kind of crap has to stop. You say when,and count me in!”

    When you’re ready, YOU start it. When I’m ready, I’LL start it. Neither of us knows who – if anyone! – will follow.

    But it’s not leaders we need – it’s guts, and willingness, and perseverence in the face of adversity, and adaptibility to circumstances, and ethics that tells us what we’re doing is RIGHT no matter what we face. That is the impetus that made 13 colonies rise up in arms. That is what gave the Scot in North Carolina and the Yankee in Connecticut the desire and stubbornness to conquer British tyranny at whatever cost to himself.

    So… what to do?

    Before the Revolution essentially started, there were Committees of Correspondence in each State, disseminating information about their own strengths and weaknesses, who was involved and who could be trusted, as well as reporting on the enemy; and communicating with other States to coordinate both ideas and action.

    If any one of us knows someone in our own or another area, why not start doing that – printing pamphlets, passing on bits of information, stockpiling food, clothes, water, tools (and other needy assets) in root cellars around the country, to be ready when some idiot blowing up a building brings down the wrath of Big Brother on us? We don’t have to *start* it, but, like Boy Scouts, we sure can be *prepared*.

    This is not just about survival of the individual (though we certainly have the right and responsibility to look after ourselves first), but about salvaging a way of life that we know is our heritage. If a tenth of our money can be set aside for our religious beliefs, surely a tenth (or even five per cent) of our possessions can be set aside for our freedom. Like minutemen, we will be ready.

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