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The tyranny and plunder continue under the guise of government and the justus system.

It's not just the rogue BLM that are destroying families, lives and property owners.

Instead of making a public pronouncement on how the ISO will be implemented and how it will determine which swine will be prohibited, DNR is giving answers to those questions on an individual basis telling farmers to bring pictures of their pigs. This sets up the daunting prospect of the DNR granting approval to each hog on every farm in Michigan on a one-by-one basis. Answers the department has provided to those seeking its opinion have been inconsistent as to what constitutes prohibited swine.

One thing Stokes did make clear in a letter to MAFA was that once the ISO takes effect, “DNR will use existing information that it possesses to determine which facilities are most likely to contain multiple Sus scrofa Linnaeus and therefore should be inspected on a priority basis, for prohibited swine.” [7, para. 2]

Baker’s complaint against DNR asks the Missaukee County Circuit Court to enjoin the department from enforcing the ISO against him or his property. The complaint seeks various declarations from the court that the ISO violates rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Michigan constitutions including a declaration that the ISO constitutes an illegal taking of Baker’s pigs and the common law trademark he has created with his development of the Mangalitsa hybrid on his farm. There is strong demand for Baker’s products among consumers and restaurants in the Traverse City area. The farmer says that the ISO is a swipe at the local food movement and warns that government agencies in other states as well as the National Pork Producers Association are watching what happens in Michigan with an eye to taking similar action elsewhere.Senator Booher and others in the legislature have asked Stokes on numerous occasions to either rescind the ISO or revise it “to apply only to pigs running wild outside a fence” [2, para.12]. The DNR director has not responded to any of the requests.

The scenario of an unaccountable bureaucracy enforcing an ambiguous order at the expense of the property and livelihood of those providing healthy food to their communities should not stand. The ISO is a blatant attempt to take away property rights, freedom of food choice and market share through the force of law.
——————— 1. DNR Director Rodney Stokes, Letter to Rep. Edward McBroom,
8 February 2012; 3rd para.

  1. Darwin Booher, “DNR order threatens heritage swine farmers because of how their pigs look”, The Manistee Advocate,
    27 February 2012

  2. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, “Invasive Species Order”, |
    3 December 2010

  3. Complaint filed for Baker v. Michigan DNR, 28th Circuit Court for Missaukee County; File No. 12-8097 CZ, 24 February 2012

  4. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, “Declaratory Ruling”,
    13 December 2011

  5. Michigan Animal Farmers Association (MAFA), Letter to DNR Director Stokes, 8 February 2012

  6. DNR Director Rodney Stokes, Letter to MAFA (Michigan Animal Farmers Association), 17 February 2012

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