GUTWEIN MOVES TO JAIL ENVIRONMENTALISTS.
The RSPCA should follow WWF and review its endorsement of the controversial Tasmanian Atlantic salmon producer, Huon Aquaculture, the Bob Brown Foundation said in Hobart today.
“The RSPCA is highly respected and its good name is being used by Huon Aquaculture to cover a multitude of sins,” Bob Brown said. “For example, the faecal pollution from industrial fish farming is impacting the marine ecosystems and that means a range of native fish and other species. The companies themselves admit that faecal pollution causes damage to the ecosystems below the Atlantic salmon fish pens. Stories of seal cruelty by rival, unendorsed, company Tassal continue to go public and it’s questionable about how much the public differentiates between companies,” Brown said.
“Woolworths and Coles and other marketers of Atlantic salmon should treat the RSPCA endorsement with caution. It may look good but does not alter the serious concerns there are with environmental impacts,” he said.
“The real problem for all concerned is the lack of environmental rigour by the Gutwein government. Instead of improving environmental standards Gutwein’s Minister for resources has revealed, overnight, new legislation to punish peaceful environmental protesters, including those protesting on or near industrial fish farm pens in public waters or other installations, with jail sentences. It is the CEOs who allow environmental destruction who should be jailed but there is no hint of that occurring,” Brown said.