Canadian Government Fears Scrapie Infection in Rare Sheep Breed
A herd of rare, heritage Shropshire sheep in Ontario will be euthanized by the Canadian Government because a member of the herd, sold to a farm in Alberta in 2007, tested positive for the debilitating animal disease scrapie. The owner of the sheep is furious and frustrated and planning a rally in protest of the decision.
She's urging supporters to come to her farm Monday morning to demonstrate against the cull. About 4,400 people have signed a petition so far. Shropshire sheep are known for their high-quality wool and meat, but animals with a particular set of genes are more susceptible to scrapie than other sheep and goats. It's those animals on Jones's farm that the CFIA is targeting.