Booher, Casperson applaud judge’s ruling that DNR pig ban unconstitutional

LANSING?State Sens. Darwin Booher and Tom Casperson issued statements Monday after a circuit judge ruled that a ban by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on certain breeds of swine is unconstitutional.

“We applaud the ruling by Judge Thomas Solka that confirms what we have thought all along, that the DNR ban on certain breeds of pigs was arbitrary, unreasonable and unconstitutional,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “While we appreciate the court’s decision, you don’t need a law degree to know this was just wrong. 

“The DNR issued its Invasive Species Order in December 2010 and one year later issued a Declaratory Ruling outlining which pig characteristics were illegal.  Unfortunately, since that time, our constituents who raised pigs on their farms and private property were forced to either shut down their operations or fight against the state through the courts.”

Booher concurred with Casperson.

“The judge clearly recognized that the small business owners are raising domestic hogs and do not own wild or feral swine,” said Booher, R-Evart. “We congratulate our constituents for winning their day in court and for standing up against the state government’s overreach. 

“The nonsensical attack on small business owners and famers who raise swine hybrids has gone on long enough. We once again call on the DNR director and governor to rescind the Invasive Species Order to help eliminate any confusion about what pigs may be raised on private property in Michigan.”