Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hunger Strikes

As I read today's paper, I thought I might just rant a little about some of the news it contained.  I find some of the things people and organizations do so insane.  Here is one such story:

Hunger Strikes


Remember that dairy farmer who thought he'd get rich by selling shares in cows to individuals so they can have their own unpasteurized milk?  He is 57 years old and an advocate of organic raw milk.  He is appealing a recent (second level) Ontario Court of Justice decision that found him guilty of several counts related to selling unpasteurized milk -- a no-no in Ontario.  Well, he's prepared to die for the cause.  And right now he's heading into his 20th day of a hunger strike -- down to just water.  I was behind this man all the way hoping he'd fight the system legally as best he can and as far as he could.  I agreed with his position.

But I can't support the use of "emotional blackmail" (which is what a hunger strike) when it comes to matters that are not ones of life and death.   So, I now leave him to his own devices.  He no longer has my sympathy.  A hunger strike over this is either stubbornness or stupidity, and often both.   You can check the story out at:


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