Monday, October 3, 2011

Want to Buy a Cow?

by Kate Collins

 I’m not really selling a cow. I've never even owned one. But if I did, and lived on a Wisconsin farm, I’d be in big trouble. Why? Because a judge there has decided that “individuals have no fundamental right to own or use dairy cows, to consume the milk from their own cows, to board their cows off their own property, or even to produce and consume the foods of their own choice, period.”

Wait. What? Wisconsinites have no right to own cows? And if they already have one, they have no right to make and eat butter, cream, or drink the cow's milk? Can that possibly be true?

You got it. After being petitioned for clarification about his decision in a recent legal case involving individuals’ freedom to consume raw milk and own shares of dairy cows, Judge Patrick J. Fiedler declared that individuals "do not have a fundamental right to consume the foods of their choice."

Helloooo! The Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution establishes that the government has no business interfering in the affairs of individuals outside of what has been specifically enumerated to it, which, of course, includes freedom of food choice. Judge Fiedler apparently believes otherwise.

This article caught my eye partially because of the mystery I wrote around the inhumane dairy farm factories that my sleuth, Abby Knight, protests against. (SLEEPING WITH ANEMONE, Flower Shop Mystery #10). But more than that, it caught my eye because I hate abuses of power, and this seems to me an obvious abuse of power. It seems to me like Wisconsin is on the road to becoming a police state. Can other states be far behind?

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on behalf of Zinniker Family Farm in Elkhorn, WI., and several other farms, back on Feb. 25, 2010, asking it to clarify its interpretation of the law in regards to raw milk ( You can read Judge Fiedler's entire response here:
In the meantime, if you agree with the Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution, pass along the links above, or a link to my blog, so people are aware of what’s happening to another of our freedoms.

This worries me. Does it you?