Judge Orders DNR to Leave Farmer Alone ~ After 2-Year Court Battle Baker’s Pigs Now LegalSubmitted by barracuda_trader on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:12
DNR counter-sued Baker, and until recently, was seeking fines of $10,000 for each of the 70 “illegal” pigs the department claimed the farmer had. DNR also sought a court order to destroy the pigs. On February 26, 2014 DNR reversed its position and suddenly the pigs the department sought to condemn were now legal.
by admin on March 4, 2014
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Lake City, Michigan—(March 4, 2014 – Globe Newswire)—Two years after suing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over the legality of its swine Invasive Species Order (ISO), Mark Baker is now free to raise and sell his hybrid heritage breed pigs. In a February 26, 2014 hearing, less than two weeks before a scheduled March 11, 2014 trial date, DNR backed off its prior position that Baker’s pigs were illegal, in order to avoid the lawsuit trial.
During the hearing Assistant Attorney General Harold Martin stated to Judge William Fagerman that Baker’s Russian boar hybrids do not violate the ISO. With the pigs’ legality no longer in dispute, the judge granted the department’s motion to dismiss Baker’s lawsuit. Even though Baker’s pigs are now legal, he lost the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of the ISO for more than 2000 other Michigan heritage breed hog farmers. The judge dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the DNR cannot take any future action against Baker for the pigs he is now raising on his farm.
“Feral Gov Attacks Family Farm”
posted on YouTube by The AlexJonesChannel
Published on Feb 25, 2014
We talk to Mark Baker of Baker’s Green Acres, a family farmer who has been under attack for almost 3 years from factory farms using their political clout to shut down their competition from small family farms that raise a premium product.
In December 2011, the State of Michigan declared heritage pig breeds that had been raised by farmers for decades to be ‘feral’ pigs. The designation was based simply upon physical description, not upon the behavior of the pigs or health issues with the meat. In fact, Mark Baker raises his pigs in a way where they can free range on his farm getting exercise and sunshine just like grass fed beef or free range chickens.