The state of Minnesota has brought criminal charges against an individual, Alvin Schlangen, for assisting citizens of Minnesota in lawfully obtaining raw milk. Raw milk is unpasteurized milk that is legal to obtain and consume in Minnesota and most of the rest of the world, including Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria.
Alvin Schlangen is part of a private buying club that obtains raw milk directly from a farm and distributes it only to other members of this club. He does not sell raw milk to the general public. Minnesota Statute allows people to obtain raw milk, however, the authorities in the state of Minnesota interpret this law to mean that there is no practical legal circumstance under which anyone could lawfully obtain and consume raw milk.
A copy of the criminal complaint is here.
Alvin Schlangen faces jail time for a legal and beneficial activity - helping people obtain healthful and good food.
Call Minnesota Department of Agriculture Dave Frederickson at 651-201-6000 and demand that he stop his prosecution of Alvin Schlangen. Call Minneapolis City Attorney Susan L. Segal at 612-673-2010 and demand that she stop her cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in these oppressive and ridiculous charges. Also, contact Governor Mark Dayton at 651-201-3400 and demand that he stop wasting Minnesota taxpayer dollars on ridiculous prosecutions for legal activities. Call these people and tell them that you would like your freedom back.
It's utterly absurd that the US is killing people in countries where persons who consume raw milk are not prosecuted to bring them freedom. The United States is becoming known as one of the most oppressive police states on earth. Mr. Schlangen's criminal trial on his raw milk charges is set for May 14, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He faces 90 days in jail on each of 4 counts for possessing raw milk.