BC – Help Change Raw Milk Law!

You Can Help Change the Law!

Raw milk farmers in BC are being charged with “causing a health hazard” under the Health Hazards Regulation of the Public Health Act.  Herdshares are being shut down, even when no-one has ever got ill from their milk.  All herdshares in BC are at risk.

It’s time to change this, and you can help!

Regulations are laws which are created by a Cabinet Minister in Government. Ministers pay a great deal of attention to letters, when citizens write them to ask that a law or policy be changed. That citizen represents a vote, and in fact is seen as representing about 400 votes of people who feel the same way but who have not written in.
To ask government for change, it is necessary to:

  • Write to the correct person, because the wrong person won’t be able to do anything to help you.
  • Tell them exactly what you want, not be vague, and be respectful.
  • Make certain that what you want is achievable.
  • Tell why you want it.
  • Mail it as a letter, not an email, as a letter has more “weight” and cannot be deleted.

This is the B.C. Law that makes all raw milk illegal: 

“2(a) The following are prescribed as health hazards: (a) milk for human consumption that has not been pasteurized at a licensed dairy plant in accordance with the Milk Industry Act;” – Health Hazard Regulation
“15) A person must not willingly cause a health hazard, or act in a manner that the person knows, or ought to know, will cause a health hazard.” – Public Health Act

The penalty?  Up to $3M fine or 3 years in prison.  Also, a Health Authority may apply for a court order to force the offender to cease the offence, followed by contempt-of-court charges if violated.

It’s time for a letter writing campaign to get this Health Hazards Regulation changed.  It’s time to save our herdshares!

terrylake

BC Minister of Health, Dr. Terry Lake

Please write to BC’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. Terry Lake, and ask him to please remove clause 2(a) from the Health Hazards Regulation.

That is all that’s needed to protect our vibrant herdshare community, our agisters, and our access to this safe, wholesome, and health-building food. And all is needed to change this Regulation is his signature on a Minister’s Order.

His mailing address is :

The Honourable Terry Lake
Room 337
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

You can also email him at:  terry.lake.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Your letter can make a difference!  Want to help more?   Post the link to this page on Facebook, email it to your friends, tweet it, and download a PDF of this page to print or email.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.
For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead