Connecticut Governor Lamont holds
the lives of these innocent goats in his hands.
FREE THE GOATS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2021
Contact: Nancy Burton
10, 2021 marks the beginning of the third month of the
illegal seizure and confinement of Nancy Burton’s
goats by the State of Connecticut on bogus charges of
Nancy marked the moment with
a renewed demand to Gov. Ned Lamont that the State release
the goats immediately from the cruelty and abuse practiced
by the State of Connecticut on these beautiful, innocent
animals and pay reparations for the death of one of the
goats – healthy and robust when seized on March
10, 2021 - after 28 days in state custody. Read letter
Nancy has located reputable
and qualified animal sanctuaries and private individuals
- all devoted to lifelong care of goats – and so
informed the state before the horrific seizure.
Rosa Buonomo, president
of Stoney Brook Farm Animal Rescue in Harwinton, Connecticut,
a Sec. 501(c)(3) animal sanctuary, has this to say:
know Nancy and I know her goats. I have been to her property
in Redding. I respect her work with Mothers Milk Project.
As a professional animal rescuer, I know the state had
no business harassing Nancy and taking the goats she loves.
I offered to help Nancy well before the state seizure
by agreeing to adopt as many of her goats as she wished
and the state knew of these plans, which were underway
on March 10. I just want to know why, when Stoney Brook
Farm Animal Rescue has been willing to adopt the goats
at no cost to the state, the State of Connecticut prefers
to force Nancy to post a $500-per-goat bond to keep them
alive during her court battle plus pay additional expenses
in excess of $50,000. It makes no sense.”
Since 2008, the
goats have been the centerpiece of the Mothers Milk Project
Nancy has repeatedly asked
the state Department of Agriculture to permit her to inspect
the facility in East Lyme, Connecticut, where it says
it has confined her goats, to count them, assess their
physical state and the conditions of their confinement.
A photograph displayed
on the website shows 10 of her goats crowded into a 10’
X 10’ stall without visible water or hay. The goats,
sad-eyed and downcast, are huddled together in a close
goat formation that bespeaks anxiety, wariness and fear.
Read the Letter to Governor Lamont:
Mothers Milk Project
c/o Nancy Burton
P.O. Box 227
Redding Ridge CT 06876
May 10, 2021
Hon. Gov. Ned Lamont
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford CT 06106
Dear Governor Lamont:
I am co-director of the
Mothers Milk Project (www.MothersMilkProject.org) and
in such capacity I have been addressing communications
to you since March 10, 2021, when the State of Connecticut,
acting under the authority of your office, carried out
a terrifying unlawful raid on my home in Redding, Connecticut,
forcibly seizing my goats and transporting them to a facility
under your control in East Lyme, Connecticut.
I demand their immediate
I have communicated similar
demands to Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner of the Department
of Agriculture (“DOAG”), Attorney General
William Tong, Jeremiah Dunn, DOAG’s Chief Animal
Control Officer, and others in a spirit of urgency and
Each and every communication
has gone ignored while my goats continue to be subject
to the deliberate cruelty and abuse carried out pursuant
to the authority of your office.
For 61 days, my goats have
languished under cruel and abusive conditions imposed
by the State of Connecticut; one of my goats died unattended
28 days into her confinement; despite repeated inquiry,
no cause of death has been revealed to me. She was forcibly
removed from my home in a state of good health
The seizure violates universally recognized protocols
of animal care.
As Mahatma Gandhi famously
wrote, “The greatness of a nation and its moral
progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
By this standard, you have
You have permitted DOAG and its representative, the Attorney
General, to operate in flagrant disregard of the law and
in a state of wilful ignorance about the nature and needs
I have made repeated requests
to visit the goats, to count them and assess their physical
state and the conditions of their confinement. Each request
has been denied.
WHAT IS THE
STATE OF CONNECTICUT HIDING THAT IT (YOU) DON’T
WANT THE PUBLIC TO SEE?
their home in Redding, my goats led happy lives. They
had expansive areas for grazing and recreation 24/7; I
fed them copious amounts of hay, grain and water to fully
satisfy their needs; most of the goats grazed freely on
meadow vegetation, leaves and the nutritious bark of fallen
tree limbs. I provided the goats with numerous sheltering
arrangements which enabled them to survive the variable
weather conditions throughout the year; I had the help
of numerous good souls who pitched in to help with goat
care and shelter maintenance; when appropriate the goats
were seen by veterinarians. All the goats enjoyed the
pleasures of social relationships with other goats of
their choosing. Mothers and their kids displayed intense
bonding and loyalty to one another. I was available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, in rain, snow, ice and through
all the hot days of summer, for the 13 years I cared for
Then came the sudden, horrific raid by the State of Connecticut.
At the DOAG facility, my
goats have been subject to the following, according to
information visible in a photograph taken illicitly by
an individual allowed access to the facility and circulated
widely on the Internet:
Overcrowding (10 goats in a 10’ X 10’ stall),
separation from family members including nursing kids
from their mothers, lack of hay, lack of water, lack of
opportunity to engage in outdoor exercise and play.
Veterinarians paid by the
State of Connecticut have breached minimal standards of
veterinarian practice: they and their colleagues at DOAG
forbid me from providing them with medical and social
histories of any of the goats as well as medications prescribed
by a veterinarian and treatment protocols and therapy
I administered on an individual basis. They knowingly
separated lactating mothers from their babies. Acts of
veterinarian malpractice have abounded and continue. You
and DOAG have wrongfully withheld the veterinarian records.
The State of Connecticut is running up a colossal tab
You, acting through DOAG
and the Office of the Attorney General, contrived to create
an illusion that in some way the care I provided to the
goats was deficient. Had you or they made an effort to
communicate any such claimed deficiencies, and if any
had merit, the issues would have been addressed fully
and immediately. If not, you might have explored other
options. You made no effort to communicate: you chose
terror tactics. I demand to know why.
As you know and as the
Attorney General and the DOAG know, I have located reputable
and suitable animal sanctuaries and private individuals
who have been willing – since before the March 10,
2021 seizure – to adopt all of my goats at no cost
to the State of Connecticut.
I have repeatedly stressed
my willingness to proceed immediately with such adoptions
because in each case the goats will be assured of excellent
care and love by their new owners as well as the opportunity
to live out their natural lives in such circumstances.
The alternative the State
of Connecticut offers is grim: continued cruel and abusive
treatment pending auction sale and slaughter.
Your conduct in this matter
is intended to shut down the Mothers Milk Project, a First
Amendment-protected enterprise. Why? The taxpayers are
entitled to know. You are keeping them in the dark. I
urge you to visit www.MothersMilkProject.org.
I await notification of
your immediate release of the goats to the animal sanctuaries
and individuals I have identified.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT TRYING TO
SHUT DOWN MOTHERS MILK PROJECT!
HELP RESCUE THE BEAUTIFUL GOATS!
these goats so sad and anxious?
The sad-eyed goats were stolen from their home in Redding,
Connecticut. Here are ten of Nancy’s goats in state
custody bound for illegal auction and slaughter.
Nancy Burton, former public-interest
attorney devoted to protecting people’s civil liberties
and the environment, experienced the unthinkable on March
At 8 AM that morning of infamy, agents of the Connecticut
Department of Agriculture and the Redding (CT) Police Department
staged a brutal surprise raid on her home and property in
her absence and stole her herd of beautiful, healthy goats
armed with a fraudulent warrant issued by a judge burdened
These agents of the state are
committing deliberate and illegal acts of animal cruelty and
abuse on a daily basis.
Their real objective is to
shut down the Mothers Milk Project and interfere with Nancy’s
They must be stopped. Now. You can help.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (“DOAG”),
which is principally devoted to commercial exploitation and
slaughter of healthy animals, broke into Nancy’s property
without notice in her absence on March 10, 2021 and seized
- by its count - 65 goats.
Each goat was healthy, active,
loved and well cared for by Nancy and her band of helpers
and a had a role in the First Amendment-protected Mothers
Milk Project. All but nine of the goats were available for
adoption to expand the Mothers Milk Project with many data
points of milk collection. In fact, Nancy had located two
goat sanctuaries and numerous individuals committed to adopting
all the goats. Twelve were scheduled to be transferred to
a sanctuary the weekend before the seizure but snow and ice
conditions forced a delay. All the remaining goats were scheduled
to be transferred in the coming few days at no cost to Nancy.
The State of Connecticut was
fully aware of Nancy’s plans to transfer all but nine
of her goats to 501(c)(3) charitable facilities and suitable
homes – where all the goats would live in peace and
security for the duration of their natural lives - in the
coming days. Had it not interfered with Nancy’s plans,
her goats would be thriving today in loving homes.
Instead, the State of Connecticut
is using the goats as a pretext to harm Nancy, interfere with
her public-interest work, disrupt the Mothers Milk Project
and cause her great unnecessary expense, all while subjecting
Nancy’s goats to deliberate acts of cruelty and abuse.
And what of the goats?
The State of Connecticut, acting
through DOAG Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt and Jeremiah Dunn,
DOAG’s chief animal control officer (as used hereinafter,
“Jeremiah” refers both to Jeremiah Dunn individually
and others on the DOAG staff who have had involvement, direct
or indirect, with Nancy’s goats) and DOAG staff, is
practicing acts of deliberate animal cruelty and abuse on
Nancy’s goats. Here are a few of many examples:
· Although when she was illegally seized she was healthy
and robust, Goat “#6” (as she was designated by
DOAG, who didn’t even ask Nancy for the names of her
goats) died 28 days later while unattended in state custody;
Jeremiah has released no cause of death nor details despite
· Prior to the seizure, Jeremiah had no communications
with Nancy about any outstanding concerns about her goats’
hooves and her mucking-out schedule, the pretext for issuance
of the search and seizure warrant.
· During the seizure, Jeremiah directed the seizure
“team” of DOAG agents to have no communications
with Nancy and Jeremiah directed Nancy to have no communications
with any of the DOAG agents or seizure “team”
·During the seizure, Nancy nevertheless attempted to
inform Jeremiah and the seizure “team” participants
of the medical and social histories of the goats, specific
medical conditions and treatments she provided to them, as
well as their medications as prescribed by a veterinarian;
Nancy’s pleas were ignored by Jeremiah and his team.
· Following the seizure, Nancy sent numerous emails
to Jeremiah, Governor Ned Lamont, Attorney General William
Tong, Bruce Sherman (acting state veterinarian) and others
urgently requesting the opportunity to share her store of
knowledge and experience with regard to her goats and their
medical and social backgrounds; her requests were ignored
· During their continuing confinement, Jeremiah separated
Nancy’s baby goats from their mothers; this cruel and
unnecessary separation has deprived the babies of essential
nutrition and opportunities for nurturing and continued bonding,
which are critical to a goat’s health and well-being
· Nancy has made two formal requests to visit the facility
where Jeremiah has led her to believe the goats are confined
so that she could meet with the goats and assess their health
and the conditions of their confinement; Jeremiah has refused
·Jeremiah permitted a photograph of ten of Nancy’s
goats crowded into a stall at the DOAG facility housing Nancy’s
goats to be taken illegally and illicitly and posted to the
Internet with comments suggesting that DOAG’s public
auction process is rigged and corrupted.
·Jeremiah has instructed Nancy to pay $32,500 by bond
and $47,000 in cash to DOAG immediately to spare the goats
from auction and likely slaughter during pendency of the goat
seizure case, while he was aware that Nancy had and continues
to have firm plans to transfer all but nine of her goats to
qualifying sanctuaries and individuals at no cost to herself
nor the State of Connecticut.
· Jeremiah and his predecessors have no records of
ever having accepted such a bond from any other animal owner
whose animal(s) had been seized by DOAG.
· Nancy has requested that Jeremiah release all veterinarian
records concerning her goats, but he has withheld such public
records without proper cause.
Needless to say, Nancy’s
goats have all been traumatized and made to suffer needlessly
by the illegal and deliberately cruel and abusive treatment
accorded them by Jeremiah.
At the same time, Jeremiah has deliberately and illegally
traumatized and tormented Nancy in bad faith for impermissible
purposes. Through “Jeremiah,” DOAG secured a warrant
enabling himself and DOAG agents and others to break into
and invade her home – a deeply disturbing violation
of her Fourth Amendment rights – without providing a
statement of cause, let alone a sworn statement of probable
cause, that the invaders would discover evidence of a crime
involving the goats inside her home, as they did not. However,
certain of Nancy’s irreplaceable possessions, including
private papers, present prior to the invasion, went missing
in the course of the invasion; hence, the only “crime”
discovered in the home invasion was the crime of the invaders
or one or some of them.
Milky and Jillian
to the White House!
Back on March
11, 2012, we took Katie the Goat and her granddaughter, Dana
Blue-Eyes, to the White House on Katie’s Farewell tour,
as she was dying of cancer. Visit KatieTheGoat.org and the
link to Katie the Goat on this site.
We proposed to then-First Lady
Michelle Obama that the First Family adopt Dana as a family
pet (Abraham Lincoln provided the precedent when he let his
boys adopt two goats while in residence in the White House)
as well as the First Family’s personal radiation monitor.
Michelle Obama pronounced the
offer “fantastic” but politely declined.
With great urgency, we now
propose that the Biden White House rescue and adopt our beautiful
Milky and her adorable daughter, Jillian (named after First
Lady Dr. Jill Biden).
Milky and Jillian are pictured
here at their home in Redding, Connecticut before the State
of Connecticut illegally seized them and all their cousins
and brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles under false
and bogus pretenses in an unannounced raid on March 10, 2021.
The real goal? To shut down the Mothers Milk Project and Nancy’s
They were taken to the state’s
facility for seized animals to await auction and slaughter
– the ultimate act of animal cruelty.
Nancy is waging a bitter legal battle to release them.
The State of Connecticut has
revealed its disregard for animal welfare by heaping cruelty
and abuse upon Milky and Jillian. Although Jillian was being
suckled by Milky up to the moment they were seized and thereby
enjoying superior nutrition, and the two were tightly bonded,
the State of Connecticut ignored Nancy’s pleas to keep
them together during their confinement: it separated them
from each other immediately and has kept them separated. What
is more cruel than that?
The State of Connecticut has
refused to accept Nancy’s offers of medical and social
histories of Milky and Jillian – and all the other goats.
What is more blatant veterinarian malpractice than that?
The State of Connecticut –
we mean you, Governor Lamont, and you, Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner
of Agriculture, and you, Jeremiah Dunn, chief animal control
officer – refuses to let Milky and Jillian’s devoted
and heartbroken owner, Nancy, visit them or inspect the conditions
under which they have been forcibly confined despite evidence
that they are in overcrowded stalls, lacking in hay and water,
and that they are in emotional despair and miss their home,
their family members and the security and safety Nancy provided
Although we wrote to President
Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on March 18, 2021 with
our appeal to rescue and adopt Milky and Jillian, we have
not yet heard from them. Read our letter here.
Won’t you take a moment
to send an appeal to the First Family to rescue Milky and
Jillian from their cruel confinement by the State of Connecticut
and free them to participate in the Mothers Milk Project?
Here is the mailing
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20006
Here is our letter to the President and First Lady:
March 18, 2021
Dear President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden,
This is an invitation to you
to rescue and adopt two beautiful and friendly goats, Milky
Jillian was born on my property
in Redding, Connecticut over the winter and I named her after
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, lover of animals and role model
par excellence for young girls.
If you agree to adopt Milky
and Jillian, you will also be a goat rescuer as Milky, Jillian
and their entire goat family were illegally seized from my
property on March 10 in an ugly episode of animal cruelty
which I shortly will be challenging in the courts.
Milky and Jillian have a distinguished
heritage. They are, respectively, great granddaughter and
great great granddaughter of Katie the Goat, who became a
well-known Connecticut anti-nuclear celebrity. Katie grazed
at a farm five miles downwind of the Millstone nuclear power
plant in Waterford, Connecticut, and both the state Department
of Environmental Protection and the owners and operators of
Millstone detected high levels of radioactivity in the milk
she fed her babies when they conducted environmental monitoring.
(The nuclear industry rates goat milk as the gold standard
for detecting radioactivity in the environment.)
When Katie was dying of cancer
in 2012, we took her on a Farewell Tour to the Obama White
House and offered the Obama family the opportunity to adopt
Katie’s granddaughter, Dana Blue-Eyes, as a family pet
and as a personal radiation monitor. (Abraham Lincoln established
the precedent when he allowed his sons to keep two goats in
the White House!)
Then-First Lady Michelle Obama
called our adoption invitation “Fantastic!” in
an email. She regretted that adoption would not be possible
but wished us every success with the Mothers Milk Project.
Please visit KatieTheGoat.org to learn more.
That brings us to Milky and Jillian.
We are so sorry that your German
shepherd rescue dog Major recently misbehaved and had to be
“quarantined” with Champ in Delaware. We know
how much you must miss them.
Please let Milky and Jillian take their place as your White
House pets. We dearly treasure them both but know you and
your family would take the very best care of them and adore
them as we do.
If you are able to adopt them, expanding the Mothers Milk
Project to the White House would do so much to educate the
public about the hazards of nuclear power.
Please say YES!
Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone