Recently, I received lab results showing that large supermarket chains are selling farmed salmon that are testing positive for
salmon flu virus and the salmon heart virus. I am horrified to think that my friends are feeding their children infected fish.
While fish viruses are not considered lethal to humans, we all saw how flu viruses in chickens and swine mutated to become a threat to humans.
If nothing else, viruses in feedlots are dangerous to salmon and people deserve the right to make informed choices about their food.We must stop this, but the BC government is not protecting the public. The government is expected to vote on a bill this week that would make it illegal to publicly report fish virus outbreaks.
Large supermarkets like Costco, Loblaws, and Safeway have an opportunity to protect the public and wild salmon stocks, by refusing to sell any farmed salmon that test positive for these dangerous viruses.
1) Sign my petition asking these large grocery chains to refuse to sell salmon that test positive for these viruses. Click Here
2) Then ask everyone you know to sign on as well. More Information on the Crisis
I’ve worked as a biologist for the past 23 years and I know that hundreds of thousands of farmed salmon are crowded into pens in the ocean and this causes viruses to mutate and ‘go viral.’ Viruses spill out of these netpens and can infect the wild fish that we rely upon.
We have strong scientific evidence to suggest that farm salmon viruses have led to the loss of millions, if not tens of millions, of wild salmon.
With hundreds of thousands of farmed salmon packed into a tight space, it is so easy for viruses to spread like "wildfire" on the farm and pouring out into the ocean infecting wild salmon threatening their survival.Last weekend a British Columbia salmon farm killed 500,000 fish due to yet another viral outbreak
and this week new major infections were reported in salmon farms in both British Columbia and Washington State. Fish from these infected farms could be sold in stores today.If you were buying infected salmon, you would want to know, right?
After next week you might not ever hear about it again. The provincial government of British Columbia, Canada is expected to pass a bill this week making it illegal for anyone to publicly report fish farm virus outbreaks in British Columbia. What country are we living in? How is it possible that it will be illegal for me to tell you that you are eating infected fish?
It is Bill 37 Animal Health Act proposed by Minister Don McRae.
Do not buy it.