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Michigan Farmer Dave Tuxbury Forced to Kill Pigs to Avoid Felony Arrest under Controversial Invasive Species Order

A Michigan farmer was forced to shoot all of his pigs in order to avoid a felony arrest for violations of the state’s highly controversial Invasive Species Order.

Natural News reports that Dave Tuxbury shot each and every one of his pigs, including about 20 baby piglets, in anticipation of a raid on his farm by Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) agents enforcing an Invasive Species Order (ISO) banning feral pigs or pigs cross-bred with their feral cousins.

Tuxbury’s livelihood has been ruined by the state of Michigan. And even after the farmer informed DNR that he’d killed all his pigs, the agency still obtained a search warrant and conducted an armed raid on his ranch to verify that the animals had indeed been killed.

Tuxbury told Baker’s Green Acres:

“After eight guys, three four-wheelers, and four hours, DNR decided I was correct. I have killed all my hogs. They gave me papers that say I do not have any hogs on my property. All they saw were dead hogs laying around from my mass slaughtering. It took 12 guys four times in there to kill all of them, sows with young, pregnant sows, dozens of piglets, and old mature boars. It has been a sad few weeks.”

He continued: “Does anyone know what it feels like to open fire on 20 baby piglets in one group which weigh between five pounds  and 15 pounds? They are so adorable and cute.”

“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,” Joseph O’Leary, Tuxbury’s attorney, told Natural News.

“I think this is an unconstitutional order, these actions of the DNR are way out of bounds,” O’Leary added. “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.”

Tuxbury is far from alone. DNR agents have been conducting armed raids on pig farmers in numerous Michigan counties as they enforce the ISO, enacted last October in an attempt to curb the state’s feral swine problem. According to Pork magazine, individuals running hunting preserves introduced feral swine (Sus scrofa) to Michigan in the 1980s. Some animals escaped, and today feral swine have been spotted in 72 of Michigan’s 83 counties, with an estimated total of between 2,000 and 7,000 of the animals inhabiting the state.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

Feral swine pose a significant risk to Michigan’s wildlife, ecosystems and agricultural resources, and they are a serious disease threat to humans, wildlife and domesticated pigs. Once populations are established, feral swine are an unsolvable problem, but Michigan has a good chance of eradicating these pigs if we act now.

But many are opposed to the ISO, including conservative 70s rocker Ted Nugent, whose son operates a hunting preserve. Nugent and others claim that the ISO is the result of collaboration between big government and “Big Ag” to crush small farmers.

Libertarian talk radio host Alex Jones has called the ISO an act of “animal genocide.”

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  1. steve from virginiaApril 18, 2012 at 2:16 pmReply

    Introduce a $10 bounty on feral pigs and they will vanish.

    Offer $1000 bonus prize to first hunter that brings in 100 pig carcasses. Feed the meat to the homeless.

    Problem solved.

  2. MargaretJune 24, 2012 at 9:18 amReply

    I dont understand why it is a law to begin with….I sounds like a control of power problem… Greedy government officials…Its seems that when the gov. needs money they make new laws…just saying…America land of the free…BS

  3. Ranger-12September 30, 2012 at 5:22 amReply

    I wonder if they have a law on killing people when they cross breed?

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