In response to the hundreds of you who wrote me about proposed Bill 37 http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/votes/bills-list_hansard.htm
that would make disease reporting a punishable offense, I have set up a petition at www.change.org/SalmonFlu
By working with change.org we have the opportunity to reach the world. Because not everyone on earth is as attached to wild salmon as we are, I raised the human health aspect of this that has been dangerously overlooked. So many people, particularly my First Nation family and friends, are asking me about what these viruses are doing to us. I don't know, but several nurses and doctors have taken me aside after lectures a to share their concerns that influenza viruses are unpredictable and nasty. So I have simply asked COSTCO and Safeway to label farm salmon with the viruses in them, because the BC Government has chosen to make disease reporting punishable.
If Minister Don McRae gets his way and silences me and others, there is no way we will ever know what viruses are spilling into BC waters. The epidemic in Clayoquot has been quickly followed by announcements that the Ahlstrom site near Sechelt Inlet, owned by Grieg and stocked with coho, is being "quarantined" for a viral outbreak, as well as farms in the US. I have no idea how big this is going to get. I have no reason to believe any of the reports that this is IHN, we have not seen a single test result, but either way IHN is not good news.
Please donate to www.gofundme.com/SalmonDiseaseTestingFund
if you want to participate in the testing or in the legal fees depending which way this thing goes.
I am updating my blog frequently to keep people informed about the epidemics alexandramorton.typepad.com
Please do everything you can to distribute the change.org petition. We clearly have no impact on the BC government – but COSTCO and Safeway will.