The following came in from Alex Morton, one of the few true heroes of our country in my perspective. Hers is a voice, a real voice, a courageous one. More than that, she gets her hands dirty and her feet wet. And I was just writing about oppression…..
Alex wrote: In two weeks the Province of BC wants to make it illegal to talk about reportable diseases in animals destined for human consumption http://www.theprovince.com/news/information+farm+outbreaks/6657194/story.html They also seek to amend the Offence Act so that the punishment can be maximum for talking about reportable diseases in animals/fish people are going to eat. I am in shock.(you really should click on the link….dave)
(Note to readers unfamiliar with Alex: she has singlehandedly opposed the irresponsible behaviours of salmon fish farms on our coast. Over the past few years she has taken the government to court – and won! She has changed the way governments work. And she has found unreported disease in farmed salmon in addition to the sea-lice problems they create for wild salmon. To restrict reporting on diseased animals is bad enough, but this law could rightfully be called the Anti-Alex Morton Law.)
Last night Anissa and I went to observe the offloading of the OCEAN KING mort packer for Mainstream. They are moving the viral infected fish through the most productive wild salmon waters of the west coast of Vancouver Island – Alberni Inlet, avoiding every fish farm. There was no containment around the vessel as they pumped, the trucks were dripping bloodwater as they drove to the nearby Land, Earth and Sea “organic” composting facility between China Creek and Port Alberni. There is concern this will leach directly into the Inlet. People do not understand why this facility was used and not the much more secure mass mortality compost facility in Parksville. These fish should be removed before the next big rainfall.
We contacted Local First Nations who were not notified. DFO was called but they were not visible on scene, the mayor showed up but did not speak with me. The boat left and will presumably be back late today.
We have posted videos at Salmon Are Sacred facebook page and a posting on my blog alexandramorton.typepad.com
So folks this may be the last chance the people of Canada have the opportunity to be vocal about highly infectious diseases in Norwegian feedlots, leaching into BC. Christy Clark, premier of BC is taking us into Dark Ages. Mainstream is telling the world I breached quarantine at the dock, but there was none when we arrived and once there was I never stepped inside.
If you want wild salmon – this is your last chance to protect them from viruses in salmon farms. I have no reason to trust that is IHN in the Dixon fsih farm owned by Cermaq which (is) largely owned by the Norwegian government. If it is IHN we don’t know what strain and IHN epidemics in Atlantic salmon is not natural to BC waters. The doors on free-speech are slamming shut if you feel like using democracy to try and stop this now would be a good time.