Date: Saturday, 12-May-2012, 8:29 AM | Message # 1
In the heart of Western Michigan are picturesque rural towns that are now a backdrop to a raging battle between farmers and the government. The Department of Natural Resources in Michigan has deemed a certain type of pigs an invasive species. Farmers have been ordered to slaughter every last one of their pigs and piglets and farmers that don't comply are now faced with jail time and a felony. But some farmers are putting up a fight. RT Correspondent Liz Wahl and Photojournalist Jon Conway traveled to Michigan to investigate what's really behind the swine carnage.
In Michigan pig farmers are being forced to kill their pigs or face felony charges. The Michigan State Department of Natural Resources has made it illegal to raise feral pigs and if your animal meets one of the nine characteristics it must be eliminated. The new regulations are hurting many farmers who raise pigs as a source of income. So what's behind the brutal regulation? Matt Rice, director of investigation for Mercy for Animals, helps us take a closer look.