Canadian Birds - 19 million to die

Abbotsford Military Antenna Base, Several cell phone towers & a large powerline neighbour the many Chicken farms that made Canadian news headlines recently

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All 19 million chickens, turkeys must go
By Trudy Beyak

The Fraser Valley is reeling from a poultry industry crisis unprecedented in Canada. The federal government yesterday ordered the slaughter of up to 19 million chickens, turkeys and other poultry in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland to try to halt the spread of avian flu.

“We are dealing with a very serious and contagious disease in birds,” federal Agriculture Minister Bob Speller said from Ottawa. A mass slaughter of poultry has never before been undertaken by the federal government. Speller said he believes the “orderly depopulation” will help the poultry industry to survive in the long term.

“We support the decision and the industry supports the decision,” said said John van Dongen, B.C. minister of agriculture, food and fisheries. “It’s the right call,” Speller outlined his plan during a telephone conference call yesterday.

Poultry in the Fraser Valley that test positive for the avian flu will be killed and destroyed, while bird flocks that test negative will be allowed to be slaughtered and processed to sell on the market, Speller said, adding that he did not want to see good food wasted. He decided to approve the mass culling with the support of the industry. While uninfected broilers will go to market for meat, it’s anticipated that layers and breeders will likely be rendered.
Thousands of people may be facing layoffs in the $1 billion poultry industry in B.C., which has been mired in an economic crisis since the H7N3 avian flu virus strain originated in Abbotsford on Feb. 19. Sixteen of 18 infected farms are located in Abbotsford, in an area from Mount Lehman to Sumas Prairie.

The majority of the quarantined farms are in the five-kilometre hot zone of east Matsqui Prairie, where the high pathogenic strain of H7N3 has been identified on four properties. The speed of the spread of the disease has confounded the experts, van Dongen said, noting that everyone involved in the industry is in a state of shock. “We always knew of the possibility of getting a high pathogenic avian flu in the academic sense, but no one expected it to move this fast,” he said. “It’s going to be a very painful time for the next 12 months.”

About 400,000 birds have already been killed on east Matsqui Prairie. “I consider this to be an economic disaster,” Abbotsford Mayor Mary Reeves said. “The economic impact is going to be very significant and our farmers will require financial assistance to rebuild.”

The federal government will compensate farmers for the poultry that has been euthanized. But Ottawa has not yet committed to financial assistance for lost income. Van Dongen said he expects it will take between six to eight weeks for all the healthy birds in the Lower Mainland to be sent to firms for processing. Once the barns have been cleaned out and the illness has been eradicated for a minimum of 21 days, restocking can slowly begin. Van Dongen said he expects it to take about six months before the producers can start raising commercial birds again.

The federal government also announced the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will now enforce strict regulations about bio-security on all poultry farms in the Lower Mainland. People will not be allowed to enter the property of any poultry farm without the farmer’s permission and producers must also disinfect any vehicles entering or exiting their land.

David Fuller, chairman of the Chicken Farmers of Canada, voiced his support for Speller’s announcement. “This is the most difficult decision we can make,” he said. “The poultry and egg industries have pushed to find the best way to deal with this crisis. Now, we're at the point where the only option is to clean everything out and start over, rather than going in incremental steps that could cause even more hardship on us all.” He said the decision will allow producers to recover more quickly.

• Health Canada maintains there is very little risk to consumers and poultry and egg products can be eaten in confidence. A minimum internal temperature of between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius is required for safe avoidance of avian influenza, which is atemperature less than what chicken should be cooked at to remove most other bacteria (77 degrees Celsius for the average boneless, skinless chicken breast). If the virus was present on chicken meat (transfer of the virus to meat is an exceptionally low risk), it would be destroyed during the cooking process. Avian influenza has never been passed on to humans as the result of eating poultry meat or eggs.

• The B.C. government has issued a ministerial order under the Emergency Program Act to compel the GVRD to dispose of chickens at the incinerator in Burnaby. Other disposal methods are being considered, including composting or incineration at individual farms.

Informant: Gotemf

Amazon shrinkage alarms activists

Much Amazon destruction occurs due to logging to create farms

Environmental groups are calling for urgent action to slow deforestation in Brazil's Amazon jungle.

About 9,170 square miles (23,750 sq km) of forest were lost in 2003, just up from 8,983 square miles (23,266 sq km) in 2002, the Brazilian government says.

The scale is not as high as in the mid-1990s, but it confirms the world's largest forest is disappearing rapidly.

Rising exports of beef and soya in Brazil are said to encourage farmers to clear the forest for farms.

Scientists fear the clearances could affect the global climate as well as threatening thousands of unique plant and animal species.

"I am worried - the figures are too high," said Rosa Lemos de Sa of conservation group WWF Brazil.

"The tendency is for it to stay high unless drastic measures are taken, and I don't see the government doing anything drastic."

Brazil's environment minister said the growth rate of deforestation had been halted.

"The big challenge is that 23,000 (sq km) is still a very worrying number," said Marina da Silva.


Last month, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva unveiled plans to halt the destruction amid criticism his government failed to act.

He promised satellite monitoring and joint action by ministries after a 28 % jump in deforestation between 2001 and 2002 pushed the level toward the record rate seen in 1995.

On Wednesday, the government announced it had overestimated its 2001-2 figure of 10,190 square miles (25,500 sq km) and revised it to 8,983 square miles (23,260 sq km).


Informant: NHNE

Scientists: Greenland melt could submerge London

Scientists say the melting of the massive ice sheet on Greenland --
which has been stable for thousands of years -- could increase sea
levels by as much as 7 metres (23 feet). Such a rise would inundate
vast areas of land, including cities at sea level, such as London.
Some densely populated regions, such as Bangladesh, may disappear.

For the ice sheet to begin melting, ambient temperatures around
Greenland would need to rise more than 3 degrees Celsius, Jonathan
Gregory, a climate scientist with the Met Office Hadley Centre and
the University of Reading, said. The concentrations of man-made
greenhouse gases would probably reach levels that would trigger the
melting by about the middle of the century.



Informant. Thomas L. Knapp

Petition - Amerikaner lagern ihren Atommüll im Indianergebiet

Geschrieben von KlausL am 08. April 2004 12:11:35:

77.000 Tonnen Atommüll sollen auf dem Gebiet der Schoschonen, das sich v.a. über den heutigen US-Bundesstaat Nevada erstreckt, endgelagert werden. In einer Petition an die OSZE verlangen die Indianer nun territoriale Integrität.

Von Volker Reusing

Am 1. Oktober 1863 unterzeichneten die Westlichen Schoschonen und die USA den "Vertrag von Ruby Valley", in dem die Indianer weitreichende Landnutzungsrechte einräumen mussten. So etwa mussten sie sich auf Anordnung des US-Präsidenten in Reservate innerhalb ihres Gebietes zurückziehen und dort als Bauern oder Viehzüchter leben. Zu den Nutzungsrechten der USA innerhalb des Schoschonen-Territoriums gehören die Ausbeutung aller Bodenschätze, Militäreinrichtungen, der Bau von Eisenbahnlinien und Fernmeldeanlagen, von Bergarbeitersiedlungen und Fabriken. Das Eigentum am Schoschonenland wurde nie förmlich übertragen; Artikel 5 des Vertrags bestätigt die Grenzen des von ihnen beanspruchten und bewohnten Gebietes und Artikel 2 besagt, dass die USA Militäreinrichtungen auf dem Gebiet der Schoschonen unterhalten dürfen. Dennoch verlangen die USA Pacht für die Weidenutzung und beschlagnahmen Vieh, wenn die Schoschonen das Geld nicht zahlen können.

Zum Zeitpunkt der Vertragsunterzeichnung war nicht bekannt, dass sich im Schoschonenland die zweitgrößten Goldvorkommen der Welt befinden, die seit 1901 in großem Maßstab durch Laugung mit dem hochgradig Trinkwasser gefährdenden Zyanid gefördert werden. Auch das amerikanische Testgebiet, auf dem bis heute fast 700 Atombomben gezündet wurden, deren Strahlung fast bis Las Vegas reicht, liegt auf Schoschonen-Gebiet. Präsident Bush hat in 2002 gegen den Widerstand der Bürger Nevadas und ihres Gouverneurs Kenny Guinn verkündet, 77.000 Tonnen Atommüll im Yucca-Berg, dem religiösen Zentrum der Schoschonen, zu versenken, obwohl sich am 15. Juni 2002 ein Erdbeben der Stärke 4,4 nur 12 Meilen vom Lager entfernt ereignet hat. Die Sicherheit für den Transport des bisher dezentral gelagerten Mülls von "50.000 Tschernobyls" ist auch für die USA nach Einschätzung vieler Experten kaum finanzierbar.

Im Juli 2002 wandten sich die Westlichen Schoschonen mit einer Petition an die OSZE und verlangten Unterstützung für Menschenrechte, territoriale Integrität und Selbstbestimmungsrechte sowie eine Untersuchung der OSZE hinsichtlich der Verletzungen dieser Rechte. Des weiteren beantragen sie Hilfe für die Verhandlungen mit den USA und gegen Enteignungen ihres Viehs.

Muster-Schreiben an die OSZE

Die Schoschonen brauchen dringend unsere Unterstützung für ihren Antrag bei der OSZE und zur Verhinderung des Atommüllendlagers. Bitte wenden Sie sich an die OSZE:

An das Büro
für demokratische Institutionen und Menschenrechte der OSZE
Aleje Ujazdowskie 19, 00-557 Warschau (Polen)
Tel.: +48-22 520 06 00
Fax: +48-22 520 06 05
E-mail: office@odihr.pl

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Hiermit unterstütze ich die Petition des Nationalrats der Westlichen Schoschonen zum Schutz ihrer Menschenrechte, ihrer territorialen Integrität und ihres Selbstbestimmungsrechts sowie für eine Untersuchung der OSZE bzgl. Verletzungen dieser Rechte einschließlich der Konfiszierung ihrer Viehherden.

Des weiteren unterstütze ich den in der Petition enthaltenen Antrag auf Förderung der Verhandlungen durch die OSZE zwischen den Westlichen Schoschonen und der Regierung der USA. Außerdem bitte ich Sie, sich für eine dezentrale Lagerung des us-amerikanischen Atommülls einzusetzen, um die Gesundheit der Einwohner Nevadas (einschließlich der Schoschonen) und sowie der entlang der Transportroute lebenden Bürger zu schützen.


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