Dear editor:
Do I have this straight?
I learned that I have been breaking—and I am breaking—the law by consuming my own raised meat from my own farm.
What is my problem? I live in Emo, and because I don’t live where my cows live and because my cow gets butchered where she lives.
The meat from the cow cannot leave the site where she was butchered. In other words, it’s illegal to transport my own meat from my farm, where the cow was butchered, to my place in Emo, where I live.
Should I butcher the cow right in my field, process the meat right in the field, and set up a solar power-driven freezer right in my field? Should I then take my family from Emo (about 42 km one way), take the barbecue along, and go for my personal meat consumption meals to the farm freezer site?
Should I fence off my small back yard right here in Emo to contain my cow destined for personal consumption?
How will the cow react every time the CN train blasts the whistle when it comes around the corner just a few feet away from the house? What happens when the cow jumps the fence and ends up on the tracks and commits suicide as the train rolls over her?
I think, for now, it is a lot simpler to keep breaking the law. That means I keep the destined cow for personal consumption on the farm, butcher and process her right there, and then transport the meat by night into my Emo freezer located right at my residence.
If I get caught during my illegal transport, I just hope I don’t get the death penalty—or end up for life or less in prison or any kind of other penalties.
Now, seriously, we do need some laws changed. Why does it have to be illegal for me to consume my own meat here in Emo because my cow was not butchered in front of my residence?
Why is it illegal that we send our kids to school putting our home-grown meat on their sandwiches? Why is it illegal to share our own home-grown meat with friends around our dinner table?
Jurgen Schmutz
Emo, Ont.