Wednesday, October 12, 2011
By Paul Martin

By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
October 12, 2011

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin have joined a man and his wife who are appealing a judge’s ruling that they don’t have a fundamental right to own a dairy cow or drink the unprocessed milk from their own cows.

Farmers Mark and Petra Zinniker wished to sell raw milk obtained from their cows through their new farm store. But a judgment in August from Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Patrick Fiedler ruled against them in what one attorney characterized as a “bizarre judicial leap.”

In response, shareholders joined the Zinnikers and retained public-interest lawyers from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) who had filed a motion for Judge Fiedler to clarify his court decision.

What shocked many Wisconsin residents — and a growing number of Americans across the nation — is the fact that Judge Fiedler’s ruling denies the fundamental rights to food and farming. For example, he ruled that the plaintiffs — the Zinnikers — don’t have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd, in spite of their legally purchasing the farm animals.

The judge also ruled that the Zinnikers — and Americans in general — don’t have a fundamental right to drink the milk from their cow, and they do not have a right to choose, produce and consume foods and liquids.

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