Confirmed: Michigan pig ban will eliminate all heritage breeds, destroy thousands of small-scale farms
by: Jonathan Benson
Friday, March 30, 2012
As many NaturalNews readers now know, the state of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently issued a final ruling on its invasive species order (ISO) for swine that targets destructive “feral” species for elimination across the state. But what many people do not realize is that because of the careless way in which the order was created, all unconventional pig breeds, including heritage breeds raised by small-scale farms, are also lumped into this “feral” category as well.
Contrary to some of the claims currently spreading across the internet elsewhere, DNR’s ISO does not simply target feral breeds responsible for destroying crops and forests. As we pointed out in a recent article on the matter, the ISO brands certain hair colors, fur types, tail and skeletal structures, and various other characteristics as being indicators of a feral breed, even though these descriptors also identify many heritage breeds that have been raised in Michigan for many decades