Farmers (and Consumers) Denied the Right to Consume Milk from Their Own Cows

October 4, 2011
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Wisconsin judge goes further and rules that none of us—farmers or consumers—have the right to decide what we have for our own dinner. A state Action Alert!

Last week, Wisconsin judge Patrick J. Fiedler ruled against the property rights of cow owners and their right to consume raw milk from their own cows. Plaintiffs included Galyle Loiselle and Robert Karp, who boarded their cows at Mark and Petra Zinniker’s farm so that they could consume raw milk from them, and the Zinnikers. Here is what the judge said in his own words:

  • Plaintiffs [Loiselle, Karp, and the Zinnikers] do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;
  • Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;
  • Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer; [and]
  • Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice.

It would certainly seem that the judge’s ruling violates constitutional rights to property, private contract, and bodily autonomy. After all, is there a more fundamental right than deciding what to eat? (Before this, we thought the FDA’s contempt for freedom of food choice was bad enough!)

Accordingly, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Patrick J. Fiedler’s decision is hereby nominated for our new Tyranny of the Year Award. Every once in a while we’ll nominate a decision or action for the award, and at the end of the year we’ll ask our readers to vote for the one they think is the year’s biggest tyrannical act. (We thank our friend, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright of the renowned Tahoma Clinic in Washington, for suggesting the award. If you have a decision or action you’d like to nominate, please send us your suggestions!)

Raw milk is natural and healthful; people are 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other FDA-protected foods than from raw milk. One of our ANH staff members recalls milking his cow as a child and drinking the fresh milk. Let’s not allow that to become illegal.

If you are a Wisconsin resident, please write to your state legislators today and ask them to support Wisconsin bill SB 108, which allows for sale of unpasteurized milk and milk products.


Click THIS LINK to go to the Action Alert page. Once there, fill out the form with your name and address, etc., and customize your letter. We have a suggested message for you, but please feel free to add your own comments to the letter.

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85 Responses to “Farmers (and Consumers) Denied the Right to Consume Milk from Their Own Cows”

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  2. Verona Chuh says:

    Great, now you’ve made me want to get Daggerfall .


  3. Frederica Huxley says:

    Surprise, surprise the judge has just quit, to join a major Monsanto law firm!!


  4. Sue Osborn says:

    My Grandfather and my Father owned and milked a small herd of dairy cows and our families drank fresh cows milk everyday of our lives while growing up including fresh eggs in homemade eggnog without any adverse effects. The fresh, grass fed milk is sweeter and more delicious than the heavily processed chemical laden, grain fed factory farm milk. Minimally processed is another alternative that still allows for a delicious, sweet flavor. Pittsford Farms in Pittsford, NY and other smaller NY dairies that sell to Lorie’s in Henrietta, NY sell great tasting dairy products! GOD BLESS the small Farmers of America.


  5. lone voice says:

    The judge ought to be disbarred. Some things belong in Red China, but not in the so-called Land of the Free.
    He needs to review his basic highschool civics.


  6. Teresha Nelson says:

    The judge in Wisconson is a socialist idiot and the Democrats who are part of the socialist part should go live in a socialist country and leave ours alone!!!


    • Rob says:

      Too bad that those that fear socialism (public schools, police, firefighters, libraries, etc.) don’t understand the term CAPITALISTIC TYRANNY! This ruling is ONLY about protecting the Big Dogs who fear the potential loss of income due to the rise in consumers seeking out healthier alternatives… organic food, farmer’s markets, cow share programs and the like.


  7. Roger Fuller says:

    October 11, 2011
    This Wisconsin Judge is violating the Peoples’ right to drink safe milk because there is overwhelming evidence that the rBGH milk is far more dangerous than raw milk. And I see that he stated the word ” foods ” in his ruling saying that we have no fundamental right to consume foods of our choice, violating a much larger right. This judge should be declared a menace to the Public Health and Safety. Disbarment is too good for him. He should be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in a state or federal prison, then banned from ever being a judge again, in the USA.


  8. Robert says:

    Wisconsin! We need to remember that this is the state in which AFACT (American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology) is a producer led organization funded by both farmers (Kansas Dairy Association and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board) and allied industries (Monsanto, Alta Genetics, Arm and Hammer Animal Nutrition, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Merial, Pfizer Animal Health, Vita Plus, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Cargill, Accelerated Genetics, Agstar Financial, BouMatic, Eco Lab, Mycogen Seeds, Stewart-Peterson, v-Fluence, Westway Feed Products).

    So, it should not be to much of a surprize that the judge is in the pocket of AFACT when his ruling is all about benefitting AFACT and their agenda to posion you with rBST/rBGH (aka Posilac) contaminated milk.


  9. Peggy Owens says:

    This is terrifying! How did it even come to the court’s attention? I’m beginning to think there is something terribly wrong in Wisconsin…..


  10. dr. k says:

    Flooded the judge with all facts about the benefit of good, natural nutrition and all the bad of GE, processed foods, or unnecessary medications. In order to be qualified to judge, they support to be educated and understand on the topic that they judged for. Otherwise fired them all.
    Spread all these information that you was concern and send the link of ANH-USE to all you know to get their support.
    Voice of people never die.


  11. marc says:

    May be a good call with the dairy industry pay off but I was thinking something more along the lines of the greater agenda for complete control.


  12. Fred says:

    I suppose this also means we do not have a fundamental right to eat. -Or drink water. -Or breathe. I wonder how this Judge lives. He has declared living illegal.

    Should work wonders for weight reduction.


  13. Lisa says:

    Nice list of “Democratic Socialists” but how exactly are they relevant to this decision? I don’t see any proof, just the blind assertion of a link. I don’t see anything about this judge’s politics. If people have rights to own things, including herds/animals, how does not apply to cows? Maybe this judge is a corporatist who is trying to make all people only consume products processed and sold in supermarkets.


    • Lou says:

      Under Communism you have NO right to own anything not even your body or soul. Communism is exactly where we are being herded. Oh they will not call it Communism; Communitarianism or some such silly nom de jour is being used in the propaganda. What ever they call it it is TOTAL tyranny of the state.

      Either the state works for us or we belong to the state. Right now the state is asserting its ownership of us.


  14. Marianna Moran says:

    What a joke. Please don’t use the toilet in your own home, wash the dishes, sit on the couch, or drink what’s in the fridge.

    Seriously, figure out how to better budget your money and leave the FARMERS alone!


  15. Handyman says:

    The judge is insane and should be commited to an instution!


  16. Prosper Egan says:

    This is insane. No one has the right to tell us what we can eat or drink all because big business wants to get rid of the farmers that don’t use their products. We still live in a free enterprise economy, not a Communist economy. Find out whose pocket that judge is in. This is frightening and needs to be stopped.


    • Ramona says:

      i am already upset about the government interference that seems to affect every aspect of my life, now they want to poison me and my children with the food we eat and the water we drink. I say thee Nay!


    • Lisa says:

      I totally agree. This was a decision to please Big Business. Next will come you don’t have the “right” to grow gardens in your backyard!


      • Lou says:

        “Next will come you don’t have the “right” to grow gardens in your backyard!”

        When do we stop calling America the land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE. If we do not start being brave we will be slaves or DEAD.

        We have criminals in positions of power all over the place.


    • jlynn_14 says:

      I couldn’t have said it better and totally agree!


  17. jim says:

    It is relatively easy to figure out why things are messed up…….

    DSA-Members: American Socialist Voter – Democratic Socialists of America – 10-1-09

    The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.
    This admission was recently posted on

    American Socialist Voter–
    Q: How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?
    A: Seventy

    Q: How many of the DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee?
    A: Eleven: John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez,Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].

    Q: Who are these members of 111th Congress?
    A: See the listing below

    Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva {D- AZ-07)
    Hon. Lynn Woolsey {D- CA-06)

    Vice Chairs
    Hon. Diane Watson {D- CA-33)
    Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee {D- TX-18)
    Hon. Mazie Hirono {D- HI-02)
    Hon. Dennis Kucinich {D- OH-10)

    Senate Members
    Hon. Bernie Sanders {D- VT)

    House Members
    Hon. Neil Abercrombie {D- HI-01)
    Hon. Tammy Baldwin {D- WI-02)
    Hon. Xavier Becerra {D- CA-31)
    Hon. Madeleine Bordallo {D- GU-AL)
    Hon. Robert Brady {D- PA-01)
    Hon. Corrine Brown {D- FL-03)
    Hon. Michael Capuano {D- MA-08)
    Hon. André Carson {D- IN-07)
    Hon. Donna Christensen {D- VI-AL)
    Hon. Yvette Clarke {D- NY-11)
    Hon. William “Lacy” Clay {D- MO-01)
    Hon. Emanuel Cleaver {D- MO-05)
    Hon. Steve Cohen {D- TN-09)
    Hon. John Conyers {D- MI-14)
    Hon. Elijah Cummings {D- MD-07)
    Hon. Danny Davis {D- IL-07)
    Hon. Peter DeFazio {D- OR-04)
    Hon. Rosa DeLauro {D- CT-03)
    Rep. Donna F. Edwards {D- MD-04)
    Hon. Keith Ellison {D- MN-05)
    Hon. Sam Farr {D- CA-17)
    Hon. Chaka Fattah {D- PA-02)
    Hon. Bob Filner {D- CA-51)
    Hon. Barney Frank {D- MA-04)
    Hon. Marcia L. Fudge {D- OH-11)
    Hon. Alan Grayson {D- FL-08)
    Hon. Luis Gutierrez {D- IL-04)
    Hon. John Hall {D- NY-19)
    Hon. Phil Hare {D- IL-17)
    Hon. Maurice Hinchey {D- NY-22)
    Hon. Michael Honda {D- CA-15)
    Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. {D- IL-02)
    Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson {D- TX-30)
    Hon. Hank Johnson {D- GA-04)
    Hon. Marcy Kaptur {D- OH-09)
    Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick {D- MI-13)
    Hon. Barbara Lee {D- CA-09)
    Hon. John Lewis {D- GA-05)
    Hon. David Loebsack {D- IA-02)
    Hon. Ben R. Lujan {D- NM-3)
    Hon. Carolyn Maloney {D- NY-14)
    Hon. Ed Markey {D- MA-07)
    Hon. Jim McDermott {D- WA-07)
    Hon. James McGovern {D- MA-03)
    Hon. George Miller {D- CA-07)
    Hon. Gwen Moore {D- WI-04)
    Hon. Jerrold Nadler {D- NY-08)
    Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton {D- DC-AL)
    Hon. John Olver {D- MA-01)
    Hon. Ed Pastor {D- AZ-04)
    Hon. Donald Payne {D- NJ-10)
    Hon. Chellie Pingree {D- ME-01)
    Hon. Charles Rangel {D- NY-15)
    Hon. Laura Richardson {D- CA-37)
    Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard {D- CA-34)
    Hon. Bobby Rush {D- IL-01)
    Hon. Linda Sánchez {D- CA-47)
    Hon. Jan Schakowsky {D- IL-09)
    Hon. José Serrano {D- NY-16)
    Hon. Louise Slaughter {D- NY-28)
    Hon. Pete Stark {D- CA-13)
    Hon. Bennie Thompson {D- MS-02)
    Hon. John Tierney {D- MA-06)
    Hon. Nydia Velazquez {D- NY-12)
    Hon. Maxine Waters {D- CA-35)
    Hon. Mel Watt {D- NC-12)
    Hon. Henry Waxman {D- CA-30)
    Hon. Peter Welch {D- VT-AL)
    Hon. Robert Wexler {D- FL-19)


    • Tricia says:

      We could use some socialism in this country, considering what a failure crapitalism is – a few people become obscenely wealthy while most people barely get by. This from the richest country in the world; the richest in the history of the world. The top 20% of the population has 85% of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 80% gets a whopping 15%. This is the root of all our problems. Like I said, we could use some socialism in this country.


      • brenna says:

        We do have socialism n this country – for wall street, corporations and other industries. The subsidies they receive from the government is socialism.


      • Teresha Nelson says:

        You obviousley want a hand out. I am not part of the wealthiest Americans but I dont beleive that they should give part of there wealth to me and I am happy for people who are successful I dont believe they should be punished and have part of their wealth taken away expecially to give it to people who are just looking for a hand out. There are socialist countries for people with your belief system to go to.


      • Claudia says:

        There is strong socialism in this country. People who are health conscious feel it most profoundly I think. They make it look as though it is for our protection. Raw milk is unlawful because of food borne illness and death? What about vaccines being responsible for countless cases of brain damage and death? NONE of this is to protect us! It is all about power and control and it makes me angry! What ever happened to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?


    • shawnee mclemore says:

      This claim ,about Socialists in Congressis ,is rated “Pants on Fire” by politifact .com:
      “Misinformation and smear campaigns are part of political life. But these persistent claims about socialists are riddled with errors and outright lies. Any one of the problems would be sufficient to discredit the report, but taken together, the effort is flagrantly false”


    • Betty Rinderknecht says:

      Are there any Republicans in that organization?

      The judge in question is truly either bought or is a blithering idiot!


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