— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Dear Governor Snyder,
The Michigan DNR has issued an Invasive Species Order (ISO) on Michigan swine and a Declaratory Ruling interpreting the order that includes a prohibitively broad definition of what constitutes "invasive swine".
1. DNR needs to repeal the ISO; all swine that are under the husbandry of humans regardless of how they are raised should be excluded from any definition of "feral" or "invasive" swine.
2. The order violates property rights and the right to make a living. Farmers and other hog owners in Michigan must either get rid of their now "prohibited" property or become felons.
3. The order effectively eliminates genetic diversity in the hog population leaving the less hardy pigs raised in the confined animal feeding operations.
4. The order denies consumers their rights to access foods of their choice.
5. DNR has twisted the language in turning an otherwise domestic pig into a "feral pig". The department is making words mean whatever it wants them to.
6. There is not a feral swine problem in Michigan. According to DNR's own website, less than 50 feral swine in the state were killed in 2011 despite the shoot-on-sight law that allows Michigan residents to legally shoot any feral hog they see.
7. DNR needs to stay off farms. Only the Department of Agriculture should have jurisdiction over farms, not DNR.
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