Still No Sign of the Shropshire Sheep
This scandalous story goes something like this:
A flock of Shropshires were set for slaughter because of some silly suggestion that the sheep had scrapie.
Screw the alliteration for a second because I won't be able to get the story straight.
Phew. Ok, a woman had a flock of heritage sheep that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said were at risk for scrapie. Scrapie doesn't pose a risk to humans, but it affects sheep and goats, so the solution?
Have them all killed.
This has been going on for the sheep's owner, Linda Jones, for the past two years. Her farm has been quarantined, despite the fact that the flock has shown no signs of the degenerative nervous system disease (sort of like mad cow disease). For a better explanation of scrapie, click here.
Anyway, when the fateful day arrived, Jones opened her barn to find, not 31 Shropshire sheep, but a note.
The flock had been sheep-napped!
Two weeks later, they're still missing.
Maybe this guy has something to do with it.
Anyway, for the full story, here's an article, with the note, in the National Post.
By the way, do you know how hard it is to say Shropshire sheep in a semi-serious newscast?