Start Date: July 24, 2020
On July 23, 2020, the Directors for Panhandle Health District approved and issued an mandatory mask order for all persons in Kootenai County, presumably visitors and residents.
At Pleasant Meadow Creamery, as raw milk dairy farmers, we tend to go against the grain. We've invested our lives into building our organic, raw milk Guernsey dairy, and have been blessed to be in 6 retail stores in Kootenai County.
The CDC says our product, raw unpasteurized milk, is dangerous and has a very extensive website built around the subject. We obviously don't agree with them, as we know that raw milk is both good for people, and can be produced in as safe a way as any other food product.
We have personal convictions about governmental mandates and personal responsiblity that favor personal responsibility and liberty over governmental mandates in every area of our lives, even public health.
Furthermore, we do not believe the science backs masks working as a deterrent to virion transmission, particularly cloth masks worn by the general populace without any personal protective equipment training, sanitation, and discipline. We have created a post linking the various studies we have read on the subject here:
Speaking of use of personal protective equipment, (PPE), we have documented evidence that not even the governor of Idaho, Brad Little, nor Anthony Fauci, the president's advisor, properly observe exercise of sanitary PPE practices. These screen grabs are from just the last couple of days. The governor hands his mask off his ear, handles it with his fingers touching the inside of the mask, and just generally does not follow good PPE protocol.
Anthony Fauci, likewise, violates proper mask protocol. A recent photo at a baseball game shows him hanging the mask below his chin, having contaminated the mask with his hands and on his dirty and contaminated neck.
If these two guys can't get it right, how is the general public supposed to?
The World Health Organization has produced two videos on proper mask etiquette/handling - one that is for surgical style masks, and the other for cloth masks. Note the surgical style are to be disposed of immediately after use, while the cloth ones require copious hand washing with alcohol based sanitizer even to touch the thing:
Centura Health did a very interesting video showing how easily your common person is going to contaminate their mask:
Finally, we think you would find this video by Patrick Bet-David very interesting. He covers all of the above and just some common-sense practicality in regards to masking.
We care that our customers can get our milk and make choices in what they eat and how they live there lives. We trust our customers are like us - intelligent and responsible - and that they care for their neighbors as themselves. We trust them to make right choices in regards to masking or not and think the choice should be theirs, and not government's.
We also do not think health boards should have the power to make otherwise law-abiding citizens suddenly criminals subject to misdemeanor charges with penalties including fines up to $1,000 and significant jail time.
Further, we care about law enforcement officers and the conundrum they are now put under with such mandates, including their own personal convictions on the subject, but now having to be put in the position of having to arrest otherwise good citizens of our counties.
We listened to the entire Panhandle Health Board hearing and we found the physician, nurse, and Kootenai Medical Center officers skewed the data and ramifications to sway the vote. The public was given little consideration, and the mandate was passed.
The mandate itself is vague and poorly written.
We have therefore agreed to work as plaintiffs with two very liberty minded attorneys in our area to file suit against appropriate parties seeking temporary and permanent injunction against the mandates. The end result, if successful, would allow an otherwise free people to be able to make their own health decisions without fear of criminality.
It will allow us to make our milk deliveries to Kootenai County without fear of criminality and prosecution, since we choose not to mask. We respect your right to mask if that is what you want to do, and we do not have a negative view of that choice. It's yours to make.
To enter this fight, and because the attorneys we will be retaining have already been busy in the whole COVID era, many times working pro bono, we want to be sure they can be compensated adequately to fight.
We are therefore establishing a WonderWe fundraiser and ask all liberty-minded, freedom-loving Idahoans give to the cause. A $100 donation would be amazing from each and eveyr person as we are going to need $25,000 to enter the fray, and once we tackle the substantive principles, much more than that.
Our intent is to prepare a lawsuit this weekend with filing on Monday so we can get a hearing next week on the temporary order.
Won't you please join us in the fight? You can donate here, or at the suggestion of one donor, you can use paypal email@example.com.
If you would like to mail a donation, please do!
Pleasant Meadow Creamery
222 Otts Basin Rd
Sagle, ID 83860