By Barbara Bloetscher, State Apiarist, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Several incidents of vandalism and scams have been reported the last two months. A group (most likely PETA) poured kerosene in some live hives and left a sign stating that they had “freed the bees of human domination.” Of course beekeepers know that the group just murdered the bees in very heinous way and that beekeepers are doing their best to keep bees ALIVE. Please keep an eye on your hives and do not let anyone handle the hives except for the County Apiary Inspector and friends whom you have authorized.
Another person or persons have reportedly written a list of violations against a beekeeper and left the “ticket” containing violations and fines for the beekeeper to pay. NO ONE including the State Apiarist has the authority to write violations without first contacting the beekeeper and undergoing major paper work and legal transactions which takes months to undergo. At this point, the State Apiarist is trying to work with beekeepers and encourage healthy beekeeping instead of working against the beekeepers. In other words, if you find anyone inspecting your bees or indications that someone has tampered with your bees except for the County Apiary Inspector and those you have authorized, please contact the police and the Ohio Dept of Agriculture.
Contact info: ODA 614-728-6373
You can also file a complaint through the Ohio Attorney General office: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/ConsumerComplaint