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April 16, 2012
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 Kalkaska County at Fife Lake and another in Cheboygan County. Staging raids involving six vehicles and ten armed men, DNA conducted unconstitutional, illegal and arguably criminal armed raids on these two farms with the intent of shooting all the farmers’ pigs under a bizarre new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be an invasive species.
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.
A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Farmer forced to shoot his own baby piglets in cold blood
“I 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 Michigan regulations. They haven’t done anything wrong here, and the DNR is treating them like they are hardened criminals.”
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 Michigan has put him out of business. Even after this farmer informed the DNR that he had destroyed his entire herd of pigs, the DNR continued to illegally acquire a search warrant by providing false information to a court Judge, then conducting an armed raid on his ranch to verify that the entire herd of pigs had indeed already been shot to death. That this took place satisfied the DNR, which is now showing itself to be engaged in the mob-style destruction of targeted farming businesses through its mass-murder agenda of Michigan’s small-scale farm pigs.
“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.
One of the raids targeted Ron McKendrick of Renegade Ranch in Cheboygan County. His ranch was raided on Saturday morning, and DNR agents reportedly conducted an interrogation of his customers and his 75-year-old senior citizen employee.
NaturalNews calls for an armed citizens’ arrest of DNR agents in Michigan
Based on the actions of the DNR, it is my belief that the DNR is a rogue, criminal gang of government thugs who are murdering livestock, destroying the lives of farmers, violating the constitutional rights of Michigan citizens and engaging in outrageous acts of destruction of private property.
As the editor of NaturalNews, I am hereby calling for the armed citizens’ arrest of DNR officials who must be brought to justice for their crimes against Michigan farmers. Every agent of the DNR that participated in these raids must be brought to justice to answer for their crimes. If the use of force is necessary to make a lawful and legal arrest of these criminal Michigan government agents, then such use of force is fully authorized under the United States Constitution as well as the Constitution of the State of Michigan. In Texas, the state Constitution even says that farmers have the right to use lethal force to prevent someone from committing a felony crime against their property. This includes shooting horse thieves, for example, and being in the right to do so.
While I’m not sure if the Michigan constitution provides for such defense of private property, no government has any right to terrorize its citizens in the way that has been witnessed here with the DNR of Michigan. These people are utterly out of control, waging a private armed war against selective targets, using taxpayer money to destroy the lives of productive Michigan citizens. These DNS agents are dangerous and clearly psychologically imbalanced. They desperately need to be taught a lesson in lawful government and the rights of citizens. They need to be arrested and serve time to rethink their crimes against the People of Michigan.
While I do not espouse the use of violence to resolve issues with government, when innocent farmers are faced with being raided by criminal gangs of rogue government operatives who are forcing them to destroy their entire livestock herds, there is little choice but to bring out the rifles and arrest these criminals at gunpoint and bring them to justice in the court system where they must face charges of conspiracy, destruction of private property, the violation of the civil rights of private citizens, illegal trespassing and much more. This is the whole point of the Second Amendment, by the way: To give the People some balance of power so that they might protect themselves against the overzealous, tyrannical agendas of out-of-control governments which inevitably try to rule over the People as violent dictators.
Take action: Join the hearing this Friday
A court hearing is scheduled this Friday at 9:00 am at the courthouse in Cheboygan County. I have been told that a very important legal strategy to halt this DNR madness will be unveiled in the courtroom that morning. Ron McKendrick, whose ranch was raided by DNR over the weekend, will be appearing in this hearing.
I am calling upon all patriots, farmers and food rights activists in Michigan to be there on Friday morning and join in this show of support for farming freedom and fundamental human rights. Do we not have the right to raise livestock without the state raiding our property and murdering our animals? And why is this not being covered in the national media?
Also: This battle continues to be waged by Mark Baker at www.BakersGreenAcres.com who desperately needs additional legal funds to continue his fight against the out-of-control government tyrants in Michigan who are trying to destroy farms. Please check his website for updates and make a small donation (even $5 or $10 helps) using the “Donate” button on his website.
NaturalNews will continue developing this story and we anticipate bringing you more details after the Friday hearing. In the mean time, I will continue to call for an armed citizens’ arrest of DNR officials who are now, by any standard, runaway criminal thugs who are operating under the false cover of government. If anyone has a list of the names of these people, please contact NaturalNews with that list so that we can publish them under a “WANTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE” heading as we continue to call for their arrest.
Watch NaturalNews for more breaking news on this front. In the mean time, as a message to Michigan farmers: Yes, they really ARE coming for you. You need to get together and stage a 20-man posse to catch these thugs and arrest them at gunpoint, then haul them into the local Sheriff’s office to face some serious jail time.
Before going off halfcocked, I would like some verification of facts surrounding this story.
There is a Michigan state law that puts "Feral swine" on the I.S.O. list and as such law enforcement can destroy animals running at large. The state can also permit hunting of such animals running at large on public and private lands. Private land owners need only post their land (no hunting signs)to block civilian hunters.
This is no different than other states law. And no different than if it were feral dogs or cats or even deer or bear.
I sense misinformation being pushed and will keep an eye on the story to better tell if any farmers are really being harmed.
this is bs
I agree with you Behind Enemies Line. I too am frustrated with the take over of our freedoms. I have met 4JP and I am guilty of not doing enough for the villified. I am writing a book to my grandchildren right now on Patriotism and where it is going.I see the injustices, the stripping away our liberties and all your saying hits home to me. My question is this. First of all Im in Texas not gonna make it to Michagan, Secondly is this the time to rush in with guns blazing demanding from an already corrupt government someones head on a platter? And third is there anyone standing with these people at this meeting. Sir Im not trying to P**s you off my reasoning is sincere. I am so tired of trying to go to sleep at night and remove the thoughts of all this so I can sleep. Yes there must be something done and the how its done must be thought out and planned correctly to minimise any backlash. I once had an ol man tell me there not the best workers we have but they are the only ones. Good,Bad,Inconsistant and sometimes you really hate being with them,but they are ours, thier willing. When TSHTF they will be ready. I scream alot also. Your right on target with all you said and I will stand by you on that. Im just waiting on someone to say boots and berets its time to play. Send me a friend request and lets talk about this.
Until we are willing to die, until we are willing to commit treason, until we are willing to kill our fellow Americans for the better good we do not stand a chance of winning.
I suggest working with your local authorities, as militia. Join with your Local Sheriff, and work to build commuinty service, ems training etc., be considered a posse or whatever you have to do to be effective and respected in your comminity. Then you can call and remind the sheriff of his oath to his county and not be considered a threat, but someone working for the good of the community with him.
It takes work, but it will do your community more good, ultimately we all have to keep our oath's and remind others that you cannot violate the constitutional rights of others, and they should not either.
Very well said Jim....you hit the nail right on the head!!
Can't take too much credit, I learned it from a couple of wise militia people. I do have to work on my local officials and establish my group. Our Local Sheriff gave a talk at the Tea Party Rally last week and reaffirmed that the local Sheriff was the final protection against Federal overreach, that did us all good to hear. I am also looking forward to the local malitia helping in emergency and community events, I am getting my Ham "Ticket" and hope to help some there also.
Do you live in Charlotte County? I have talked to Ed several times, and after I asked him point blank if the Bill of Rights was an absolute that he would defend, and would he protect the citizens of Charlotte County against Federal overreach, he said Yes, and he would.
He seemed serious,
We tried that approach with our county sheriff, and was quietly escorted out of his office.
I don't know where the Sheriff was on this, but if he did not come out after being called, and I had a militia, I would show up and stop the foolishness. I don't yet know however the limits of the militia, so that is just what I would want to do. I do think you are right about facing a bully, they won't stop until someone confronts them.
I have a book on the militia ordered from Red Beckman and am anxious to study it in depth.
Jefferson has alot to say about the militia, but does not mention the sheriff, don't know why. Reading Thomas Jefferson makes one a lot more assertive about his rights and Liberties. Love the man, he had a heart like a lion.
I don't know the answer to that question yet. We (friends, local tea party etc.) have worked with the county commissioners to stop some of the agenda 21 land grabs,and are working on educating them. Another good avenue is the Constitutional Grand Jury which can take a case against a citizen and nullify local, state, and most of all Federal law, So can a regular jury.However it is taking time to set up and also to train people. We have fallen a long way toward tyranny in America, it is those who study the constitution with me who are active and learning. Everyone that is not yet trained just gets a blank look in thier eye when I mention the Constitution. With a 2 or 3 minute conversation I usually can get them interested in a study.
We are having to elect a new sheriff, and it will be very important what he believes and holding him accountable to keep his oath.
Thanks for your advice, I am listening. I will act and work with local authorities as far as I can, ultimately it is my oath to the constitution that is my highest authority.
I highly doubt the constitutionality of Federal laws over local commerce. The Federal laws are to provide for (insure) commerce flows correctly. NOt kill it. Read Jeffersons Kentucky resolution and see why the States are not to go to the Federal owned courts to be subject to the Federal influenced supreme court decisions. States did not surrender sovereignty to their creation, they contracted "compacted" a Federal head to do certain Limited functions. When the Federal Gov. breaks that contract it is null and void.
To learn much more, go to www.constitutionalsheriffs.ning.com
No distant federal buracracy, now run by the U.N. has jourisdiction over a state when it usurps authority beyond it's constitutional boundries, it is up to the State (the creator) to make that decision and stick to it. If the State is a coward the a Grand Jury or regular jury can nullify state and federal laws in their own counties.
Stand up to the tyranny now, it will be much less bloody than later.