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Mad Sheep
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In the mid-1990s Linda and Larry Faillace had a dream: they wanted to breed sheep and make cheese on their Vermont farm. They did the research, worked hard, followed the rules, and, after years of preparation and patience, built a successful, entrepreneurial business.But just like that, their dream turned into a nightmare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture told them that the sheep they imported from Europe (with the USDA's seal of approval) carried a disease similar to the dreaded BSE or "mad cow disease." After months of surveillance - which included USDA agents spying from nearby mountaintops and comically hiding behind bushes - armed federal agents seized their flock. The animals were destroyed, the Faillace's lives turned upside down, all so that the USDA could show the U.S. meat industries that they were protecting America from mad cow disease - and by extension, easing fears among an increasingly wary population of meat-eaters.Mad Sheep is the account of one family's struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply. Similar to the national best-selling book, A Civil Action, readers will cheer on this courageous family in its fight for justice in the face of politics as usual and the implacable bureaucracy of the farm industry in Washington, DC.
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Foreword England Vermont Dreams European Sheep in the Green Mountains Benedict The Promise Loss of Innocence Caught in the Maelstrom Quarantine Political Pressure Warren Meadows The Silence Is Broken The Threat Seize and Destroy Order Hell, No, Donit Kill Moe! Fugitives iThe Farmers Have No Rightsi Western Blots and Hard Hats USDA Reneges The Buyout Detwiler Strikes Again Protesting Snowmen The Seizure Contempt of Court Empty Barns Where Was Leon? The Empress Has No Clothes Blame Canada (and the Media) Final Proof Afterword Acknowledgements Index

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About the Author

Linda Faillace is a writer, shepherdess, songwriter, and owner of a country store dedicated to supporting local farmers and locally grownfood.

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"From the hearthside warmth of children farmer-entrepreneurs to the arrogant, hardhearted, tyranny of government bureaucracy, Mad Sheep touches the soul with tears and righteous anger. Though it reads like a fiction political thriller, this story of intrigue, bureaucratic falsehoods, and tyranny is true. Linda Faillace gives Americans yet another reason to mistrust every official announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture."--Joel Salatin, founder of Polyface Farm and author of Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

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