Destroying these hogs would destroy Mark Bakers farm and his ability to provide for his family. The Michigan DNR could care less but Keith and I care more. We care enough to support Bakers Green Acres with some of our own hard earned cash and we care enough to talk about it on this blog. Listen here to Marks Side
We will also admit that we support the Bakers not just out of farmer to farmer camaraderie but also out of fear.
What is happening to them could very easily happen to us. The Michigan DNR is distributing this picture of what they describe as a feral hog. Oddly the photo was taken by Chris Grady of a wild hog seen in Gloucestershire, a county of SOUTH WEST ENGLAND. Now, tell me, if the feral swine issue was of such magnitude and concern in Michigan wouldn't they have their own photos of feral Michigan hogs? Or at least a feral hog seen somewhere in the US instead of overseas?
|Photo wild boar, Gloucestershire, is property of Chris Grady www.wildlife-imaging.co.uk |
and was used with permission following monetary compensation by the Midlife Farmwife.
While you ponder that...Please note the similarities to our own Red Wattle Boar Wally
The Michigan DNR , Invasive Swine Order goes on to describe a "feral" hog as
Depending on ancestral lineage and cross-breeding among breeds, feral swine vary in appearance. Typical fur coloration for true Eurasian boar can be grey to dark brown to black, while domestic breeds can display a wider variety of colors with many defining patterns of striping or spots. Several generations of cross-breeding between domestic and Eurasian lineages can make the physical appearance of these animals drastically different within the same family unit. As with coloration, the size of mature adults can vary greatly depending on the bloodlines. In Michigan, adults typically range in size from 100-200 pounds, but larger specimens do occur.
Furthermore the Michigan DNR identifies the following Specific Characteristics: hair color; solid black, solid red brown, black and white spotted, black and brown/red spotted. Facial profile straight. Dark distal portions, legs, ears. White tipped bristles. Straight tail. Erect ears. Light colored underfur.
It is obvious to me therefore that if we were farming in Michigan our won RW hogs could quite easily meet the above definition. Well, I'm not sure about the tail. Wally 's does have one kink in it but looks pretty straight the last foot or so.Obviously on the day of this photo he was in a most excellent happy pig tail mood.
In my opinion, the only hogs that DO NOT meet the Michigan's DNR description of a feral hog are those very pale colored piggies being raised in confinement, the non-heritage hogs. Paranoid? You bet. If the Michigan Pork Producers Association can apply enough pressure on the Michigan DNR to enforce this silliness, then Illinois and other states in this union could easily follow suit.
One right at a time. Being stripped away while we stand by with our thumbs up our ...coveralls, waiting to see what will happen or worse yet, ignoring what already has happened. In Mark Bakers own words
"We are duty bound as Americans to disobey orders that are illegal or unconstitutional."
What can you do? Read both sides of the issue. Follow the links I've highlighted above. And if you agree that what is happening to Mark is wrong then please put your money where your mouth is. Or at least put your mouth out there telling others about this travesty.
At the risk of you getting cut by the shards of my broken record I will say it again...this issue is not about the pigs at Bakers Green Acres . For our farm is is not about Raw Milk Issues. IT IS about about our rights as Americans being peeled away one bacon strip at a time.