Election season is here and salmon feedlots are a hot issue. You could make all the difference.
by Alexandra Morton
On October 31, 2012, I launched this petition asking the Premier of British Columbia not to renew salmon feedlot ocean leases due to the threat that European salmon viruses are spreading into the Pacific.
The bad news: Premier Christy Clark still granted the leases. The good news: she only dared renew them for one year.
May is election time in BC. Salmon feedlots are a hot issue. This means you could make ALL the difference to wild salmon right now.
The NDP said they are looking at the problem of salmon farms on key wild salmon migration routes. The Green Party is running powerful candidates and have said they will revoke licences. The Liberals have offered to stop granting new salmon farm leases in a small area of BC. All of these new commitments from the parties are a significant step in the right direction.
Here is where you come in – tell these political leaders you support them in removing salmon farms, but you need to know they are serious. We need each party leader to commit to getting salmon farms out of BC's waters. This is the only way we will actually protect our wild salmon.
We will track the commitments the parties make and will make sure you know which parties are making the strongest commitments. This way when you/your friends in BC go to the ballot box, everyone will know which parties deserve our support.
We are a global community and so we also need signatures from outside Canada to remind these leaders it is their responsibility to safe-guard this piece of our world.
Save wild salmon, spread this petition. You may also want to check out Salmonconfidential.ca, the film on the unfolding salmon feedlot scandal in Canada.
Update: It is election time in British Columbia and our politicians are now starting to make commitments to protect our wild salmon from salmon farms. This is the key moment where adding your voice could save our wild salmon forever.
At the website below, you can modify and send the draft letter, which reads:
NDP Leader Adrian Dix, Leader of BC NDP
Green Party Leader Jane Sterk, Leader of the BC Green Party
Liberal Party Leader Christy Clark, Leader of BC Liberal Party
Dear Leaders of the political parties in British Columbia:
Your recent statements acknowledging salmon farms on wild salmon migration routes are a problem are a very good start. I am pleased that you understand I want wild salmon protected from salmon feedlots.
Please make a public statement that you will remove salmon farms from the public waters of the coast of British Columbia so that I can trust that you are serious.
Modify and sign the letter at Change.org