Do you remember that old ABC laundry soap commercial? “Do you see the difference?”
Well, I ask it here…
Out of the U.S. the other day, and specifically a Senator from Washington State:
Thursday, November 17,2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation authored by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) that calls for an investigation and rapid response plan to prevent the spread of a potentially deadly salmon virus. The Cantwell salmon virus amendment passed both the Senate and House on Thursday as part of the minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2112).
The legislation, backed by all eight U.S. Senators from the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska, now heads to President Obama for his signature.
The virus, recently detected for the first time in Pacific wild salmon in Canada, may pose a threat to the Pacific Northwest salmon fishing industry and the coastal economies that rely on it. Cantwell has called, along with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Mark Begich (D-AK), for the U.S. government to test the Canadian samples to independently confirm the presence of the salmon virus.
And yet in Canada, nothing but denial, spin, and cover-up.
By Ruby Berry, Vancouver Sun November 22, 2011
Recent reports of the presence of the deadly ISA virus in B.C. wild salmon seem to have alarmed everyone except those meant to be taking care of the wild salmon.
Rather than taking immediate measures to determine the extent of this threat, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency leaped to discredit the findings and assure international markets that all is well in Canadian waters. Unfortunately, their claim rests on inconclusive evidence and degraded samples.
Instead of launching an emergency investigation into this potential disaster, the federal government has announced a million dollar grant to the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance for international advertising. It appears that the health of B.C. waters, and the wild salmon is not the priority of the federal government after all.
Do you see the difference?
With the potential mass implication of ISA on the Pacific Coast, shouldn’t our government at least be taking even more precautions?
What if it was SARS again? or polio, or something similar…?
Wouldn’t there be special task forces, more public inquiries, various lock downs, tests, etc.?
What if it was Mad Cow, or foot-&-mouth disease…?
I think we could all safely say that ‘denial’ would not be the main course of action…