May 30 2012

Thanks to everyone supporting Lumby's Alexandra Morton event.

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Although this note is long overdue, I would like to sincerely thank Mayor Acton and Councillors Hodge and Fisher for attending Alexandra Morton’s presentation and thank you Alex and Anissa for your great presentation.

For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a short primer:

Alexandra Morton went into BC supermarkets and purchased diseased salmon that were grown in BC fish farms. Those fish had Lesions and tumors on them so Alex sent them off to a lab for testing – the results came back positive.  The supermarket fish carried a lethal virus that develops into an international reportable disease.

Although claims are made that the virus doesn’t harm wild salmon, in fact they claim that the farmed salmon get the virus from our wild salmon. What is the evidence for these claims? DFO explained to me that healthy wild salmon can carry a virus in the way humans carry HIV AIDS…

IHN Virus and photos with DFO info (on my blog)

BUT unless the carrier salmon is faced with stressors, they won’t necessarily develop the disease. That’s a pretty big “but”…

Stewart Johnson (DFO) also told me that warmer water, pollution in the creeks, shortage of food, lower water volume in streams and flash flooding all contribute to stressed fish. Since that seems to be the norm around BC – it’s pretty easy to be concerned for our salmon.

What about us? Those diseased salmon were/are being sold for human consumption and as we know viruses mutate that’s why there is so much fear about the bird flu virus –  a mutant virus that effects humans.  I’m not trying to scare anyone we just need to take history into account when we make decisions for the future.

We don’t know the consequence of fish diseases, but like bird barns and cattle feedlots, we know and understand the consequence of avian flu and BSE.  Because BC relies heavily on exporting food we are party to international agreements with regard to disease reporting and we have the Provincial Animal Protection Act.

Facts about fish farm disease reporting:

1. At the Cohen Commission, Kristi Miller testified that she had developed advance testing methods for fish that could not only identify the viruses but track where they came from. She was muzzled by the Federal Government and could not speak openly.

2. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) testified that they used an older style testing that could not verify the results of new lab tests. CFIA denies the existence of diseases and viruses when they Can’t verify the test.

3. When Alexandra Morton participated in the Cohen Inquiry, she became aware of the fish farm vet reports of disease symptoms in the farms but she had promised secrecy so she was not able to break the story of previous farm disease outbreaks – a US News paper broke that story.

4. After Alex Morton got the recent positive test results, BC fish farms have admitted disease outbreaks and in fact several of them are now under quarantine, disposing their fish as I write this. Virus reporting is hurting the Industry which can’t export diseased fish.

Meanwhile farmed salmon remain on the store shelves so here’s a link to Alex Morton’s petition to get infected farmed salmon out of grocery stores Find the petition here:   http://www.change.org/petitions/costco-safeway-loblaws-we-don-t-want-to-eat-salmon-flu-or-heart-viruses or sign right here: top the right hand corner of my blog.

Alex Morton and Anissa Reid went to the dock to take photos of the infected fish disposal process. The Fish Farms claim Alex and Anissa were a bio security hazard, that they entered a quarantine zone.  Please think about this with logic: Quarantined for whom? If people are not effected by the virus and if wild salmon have the virus and if the fish farms have tons of diseased fish in the water and they blow blood into the ocean when harvesting and drip blood on the docks – what’s the reason for the quarantine?

It makes no sense unless the virus has unknown effects… on whom?

5. BC puts the muzzle on Alexandra Morton: The BC Government has tabled a bill to muzzle Dr.Morton and anyone else who decides the public has a right to know what they are eating.  Bill C-37 amends the disease reporting section to prohibit anyone from making disease outbreaks public by imposing a $75,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison. Alex will likely keep on testing fish but she will not be able to warn us if diseased fish end up in our stores and restaurants.  I am extremely upset by this and I hope are too. Canada is supposed to be a democracy.

In closing, the fact that people can bring farmed fish here and wash salmon tumors and then: Without knowing it, expose our wild salmon to some toxic virulent disease is just unacceptable. Now more than ever, we need to protect our wild salmon from whatever it is the Government doesn’t want us to know.

Request for a Fish Farm Free Zone
I am asking you to consider passing a motion to become a farmed fish free zone, I hope you can get our local grocer on-board, by asking SUPER A to voluntarily lead the way because we are not going to stop the BC Liberals from passing this toxic legislation even if the lawyers show up at the legislature wearing their robes in protest. Alex Morton unleashed the truth about our food system and the Corporate interest doesn’t like it. The BC Government is out to see that it doesn’t happen again. This shows how important was the information Alexandra Morton brought us.

It makes me wonder what else we eat that we are not allowed to know about. (As a matter of interest Richmond City Council banned GMOs last night – even though the chemical Industry did their best to sway their vote.)

If you would like me to make a presentation directly to Council on a Farmed Fish Free Zone – I would be very happy to do so. Thank you for reading my e-mail.

Here are some links you may be interested in:

Mayor Acton welcomes the audience here: http://vimeo.com/42915785

Councillor Hodge welcomes Dr. Morton here: http://vimeo.com/42915283

Alex Morton’s presentation in Lumby – Watch it while you still can:
Part 1:  http://vimeo.com/channels/331072
Part 2:  http://vimeo.com/42028946

Alexandra Morton’s petition to get the farmed salmon out of Safeway and COSCO:  http://www.change.org/petitions/costco-safeway-loblaws-we-don-t-want-to-eat-salmon-flu-or-heart-viruses

Blog about the two (similar looking) petitions: …the salmon farming industry has managed only 75 signatures, a petition from Alexandra Morton is approaching 5,000 signatures:  http://salmonfarmingkills.com/blog/restraining-alexandra-morton

[important]update: Morton petition: 7,026 signers to remove farmed fish from BC stores![/important]

B.C. law requires animal disease outbreak reports be kept secret under threat of massive fines:   http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/b-c-law-requires-animal-disease-outbreak-reports-191138775.html

Read about BC’s new gag law: http://www.theprovince.com/news/information+farm+outbreaks/6657194/story.html and let your representatives hear about it.

Disease Outbreaks:  http://m.thetyee.ca/News/2012/05/15/BC-Disease-Outbreaks/

Alexandra Morton’s Blog: http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/
Anissa Reed’s blog: http://salmonaresacred.org

International info:  “…utilization of disease information from all potential sources in the public and private sector…” :  http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/004/X2096E/X2096E05.htm

BC NEWS Release (notice there is no mention of the prison penalties) :  http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/04/new-animal-health-act-advances-agrifoods-strategy.html

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