Wednesday March 28,
Fat & the Fallow
Women's Party takes on first big issue
Submitted by B. Krawczyk, Cumberland BC
Open letter to MP Peter Kent and MP Keith Ashfield
of the Women’s Party are not satisfied with our correspondence with you
concerning Genetically Modified Salmon In the first place, we are of the
opinion that this matter rests squarely with the Ministry of Fisheries
and Oceans as well as with the Ministry of the Environment.
Of course this also eventually concerns the Ministry of Health but as Ms
Aglukkagq seems to have passed the buck completely in her reply to the
Women’s Party on the matter, we will simply concentrate on the two
federal government departments that are most directly and immediately
affected by the keeping of GMO fish in West Vancouver and the question
of how they got there, and why the public was not notified of their
arrival or their presence.
As mentioned, we strongly feel that the DFO is instrumental in
everything that goes on in the fisheries of British Columbia. All fish
farms are now directly under the attention and control of the DFO (since
2009). And of course, the mutant fish that are being prepared to be
released into the fish farms of BC should everything go well with the
approval process in the United States, comes under the care and control
of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. To pretend otherwise would be
to insult our intelligence so please don’t do that.
The silence of the DFO on the preparation of mutant fish in West
Vancouver to be released into BC fish farms as soon as the go-ahead
arrives from the US has a link, in our opinion, to other questionable
practices by the DFO in BC. Aside from the mutant fish being prepared
for Canadian market when the time comes, there are other radical DFO
experiments going on with fish in fish farms and also in BC rivers and
streams that is everybody’s business who eats fish.
We know according to Dr. E.M. Donaldson, DFO (and others) that fish on
BC fish farms have been literally sex changed, primarily by treatment
with estrogen, due to the fish farms demand for all female fish in the
pens in order to cut their losses . These losses occur by the phenomenon
of a large percentage of males “jacking” early and dying before harvest.
We also know according to Dr. E.M. Donaldson, DFO (and others) that fish
are being released into the rivers and even open waters of BC that have
been sterilized and pumped full of estrogen. As these fish then do not
go into the reproduction cycle they grow unnaturally bloated and fat for
the tourists as well as for market.
We also believe that this experimenting around with hormones to get fat,
steril fish and then allowing them on the market as well as in BC open
waters poses a danger not only to wild salmon (as some still retain the
capacity to breed) but to humans. Hormones are the most potent growth
and sex differentiation substances in nature and to throw the female
hormone around so recklessly is endangering humans as well as wild and
domestic animals that consume fish.
As the use of these hormones to change the sex of fish is a crime, we
believe, and against nature, as they also makes the fish unwell. We
suspect that the use of sex hormones to change the sex of fish and the
process of sterilization may also very well contribute to the diseases
that are plaguing both fish farm and wild fish such as the ISA virus
that is being documented by Biologist Alexandra Morton and her
The Women’s Party also disputes the concept put forth by Mr.Keith
Ashfield, DFO, that the government only holds a patent on the genetic
material that goes into the making of the DMO fish, so that this does
not constitute a patent on the actual fish, and therefore does not
contravene the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
This is similar to the way Mr. Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment
,can say that Canada has an Endangered Species Act, but the endangered
species themselves are on the street, as it were, as there is no
protection for their habitat, that is, no place to live. We deplore this
kind of rationalization and claim that the Department of Fisheries and
Oceans and the Ministry of the Environment are indeed in contravention
of the Environmental Protection Act.
We have also asked for a risk assessment on the mutant GMO fish being
raised in West Vancouver (Jan. 19, 2012) We hope to hear from both of
your departments in full in the near future. Thank you for your
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