PROTECTING THE LAND FROM TOXINS #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Very few people would be willing to put their bodies between some beautiful land and an airplane spraying the powerful herbicide 2,4—D. Giraffe Leon Carney did just that, determined to stop county authorities in Chandler, Minnesota from spreading the toxin over two sections of prairie he owned and had been carefully nurturing. A week later, the plane was back, this time with sheriff’s deputies in support. Carney was away and the spraying was completed without a hitch. The county then sent Carney a bill that he adamantly refused to pay. When everything he had planted on the land died – except for the thistles the sprayers were trying to kill – he sent the county his own bill for his loss–and they refused to pay. When the tug-of-war got to court, Carney proved he had taken safe and proper measures to control the thistles. A witness from the Nature Conservancy told the court that spraying thistles in late August, as the County had done, “is like pissing in the wind.” The County weed inspector said she had made her determination by surveying Carney’s hilly 320 acres with binoculars, from an adjacent town. It turned out she had no education in weed control and the judge ruled she should have gotten some competent advice before ordering the spraying. A higher court ruled that state law did not require that weed inspectors be competent, only that they be able to read and write and drive a car. Leon Carney is challenging the state on that one, demanding that these inspectors be trained in the knowledge of both weeds and chemicals. Carney wrote eloquently to a friend about his crusade: “I would be putting contempt in the face of God if I do not seek to protect His creation. Since my fight is of this nature, I cannot lose this war even if an occasional battle is lost. Whatever I win will be used to repair the damages to the earth and to motivate more repair. I think I have finally heard my calling…I will fight for it and chant for it from now until I am gone.” Like this Giraffe? LIKE this Page! Giraffes should have 10,000 Likes.