Chilliwack Progress

Boycott today against salmon raised in open-net feedlots

A national boycott against salmon raised in open-net feedlots is coming to the parking lot of the Chilliwack Canadian Superstore over the lunch hour Wednesday.

"This is a protest that encourages people to come out and take a stand for wild salmon," said Skwah elder Eddie Gardner.

Things have reached a tipping point, he said, and people are waking up with the Idle No More movement, as well efforts to protect wild stocks like with the Salmon are Sacred movement.

The federal Cohen Commission report offered chilling warnings that wild fish stocks may be irreversibly harmed by industrial salmon farming in open waters, he noted.

"Join Canadians from coast to coast and take action to send a message to big corporations and government: remove salmon feedlots from our oceans and the migratory routes of our wild fish," he said.

The lunch hour protest at the Superstore on Luckakuck Way on Jan. 9, "will be educational, fun and empowering," Gardner said. "For those concerned, the time to act is now!"

Consumer choice needs to tip in favour of the environment and wild salmon.

"Together, we will stand up for wild salmon, lobster, and all that rely on the resources being destroyed by industrial salmon feedlots."

Attendees can sign the petition, pledging to stop purchasing and consuming salmon raised in open-net pens, at the event or www.salmonfeedlotboycott.com . Organizers said they are hoping to make 2013 the year that Canadians make a point of standing up for wild salmon, and the marine environment, and the thousands of jobs that rely on them. The most frequently cited reasons in a recent survey for supporting a boycott were: concerns about products used to kill sea lice harming lobster; a diminished wild salmon population impacting orcas, eagles and grizzly bears; and concerns about viruses in food.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Twitter.com/chwkjourno

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fraser facing fines for delayed surgeries
 
Surgical waits average five months in B.C.
 
Judge tosses contempt charges against oil pipeline protesters due to GPS errors
Pipeline protest in Burnaby being felt all the way to Chilliwack
 
Fencing off homeless camp part of a broader action plan: City
 
UPDATE: Two arrested for smuggling meth chemicals through Aldergrove border
COLUMN: What Wayne Wright dared us to do
 
More arrests on Burnaby Mountain as survey crew finishes one site
 
Robbed Good Samaritan gets her gear replaced by Langley store

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 26 edition online now. Browse the archives.