People don’t generally like being told what to do – especially if it’s by a group of scare-mongering protestors.
Last week, the Cowichan News-Leader ran a story about a group of protestors who took to the local Walmart Supercentre to protest their stocking of farm-raised salmon. The story included this incredible quote that illustrates just how wrong some of these people are:
“No one knows if salmon parasites go into people. It’s insanity on multiple levels.” (Leanne Hodges )
When the story was posted online, west coast salmon farmer James Costello had to set the record straight – and got some humorous back up.
It didn’t end there though – the next day, the below opinion piece ran in the same paper. The summary? Don’t remove customers’ choice. They can educate themselves and make their own decisions thankyouverymuch. We – retailers, diners, shoppers – are smart enough to do it without people like Leanne above insisting they should make those choices for us.
The case for
The fish farming industry has repeatedly addressed the concerns raised by its opponents.
The government has examined these same concerns and decided to allow salmon farming to continue.
Armed with both sides of the argument, consumers and businesses are wise enough to make their own choices about whether or not to buy.