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The new Suffering of the salmon

Never the Switzerland consume the inside and more salmon than at Christmas and new year. "At this time we do 20 percent of our annual sales," says Ralf Weidkuhn, Dyhrberg, the oldest salmon smokehouse Switzerland, responsible for sales. By the end of November to the end of the year 64 tons of Hand-processed salmon leave the factory in Balsthal.

The Christmas shop to boost salmon sales at Migros, Coop, Aldi and Lidl strong. Exact Figures do not want to disclose the retailers. The Migros reveals, however, that only the December accounts for around a fifth of the total annual turnover with salmon.

Because of Hunger, after the fish got bigger and bigger, bred in Norway, Ireland, Scotland, or South America, more and more salmon. As with other factory farms, the non-species-appropriate husbandry conditions have a negative effect on the otherwise solitary animals. The constant stress weakens the immune system of the salmon, which makes them more susceptible to diseases. The enormous density in the net pens also promotes the Transmission of parasites and diseases. The industry responds with chemicals and drugs legs.

for Years, the breeders were trying to avoid by using antibiotics in preventive diseases in the fish enclosures. With fatal consequences for animals and humans: bacteria are always resistant were against the drugs.

Today, the salmon, the majority are vaccinated for diseases against bacterial and certain viral infection. The vaccinations are injected either directly into the animal, the feed is taken or by means of a bath or immersion vaccination is administered.

A pioneer of the farmed salmon world champion Norway. In the 1970s, in the farmed salmon farms, many antibiotic-resistant disease were detected pathogens. Therefore, we began to inoculate the animals. "Since then, breeding has increased salmon production to the fifty-fold, the consumption of Antibiotics decreased to virtually zero," says Joachim Frey, Professor Emeritus at the faculty of veterinary medicine of the University of Bern.

The procedure leads to the loss of the natural behaviour

The well-known Norwegian environmental activist Kurt Oddekalv confirmed that the vaccines reduce the use of antibiotics. For the animal protectors, however, are not Good News. The fish is plugged, the Impfnadel in the stomach. "We observed that the testes of the salmon to grow through the puncture with the belly, which is extremely painful for the fish." The animals would lose after the procedure, any natural behavior, because her whole body stiffened. "But as long as the companies can make money, no one cares about the Welfare of the fish," said Oddekalv. The long-term effects of such vaccinations on the people had never been tested.

The Federal food safety and veterinary office sees no risks in the consumption of vaccinated meat or fish. "For consumers, the vaccinations mean, in short, healthy animals and thus healthy products," says spokeswoman Eva van Beek. The vaccination in more and more animals is a possibility, the use of Antibiotics to curb what has priority.

the Biolachs from Aldi, Migros or Manor comes vaccinated on the plate. With one exception: The Bio-buds, fish Coop will not be treated since last year, with a vaccination. What concerns have led to the Bio-Suisse-salmon from Ireland are not currently vaccinated, does not want to tell the communications Director of the label organisation, Lukas Indians Furth,. The decision rested with the producers: "in accordance with the Bio Suisse standards are permitted to vaccinations, there is no compulsory vaccination."

antibiotics may be breeding a Disease in the whole salmon continue to be used. "The strict Swiss border and food controls can not prevent one hundred percent, that farmed fish with antibiotics over the limit in traffic," warns Heinz-Peter Studer, founder of the Association Fair-Fish.

consumers should also know that in the conventional and in the biozucht salmon, Ethoxyquin and other dangerous chemical substances. Ethoxyquin can cause damage to the DNA and the liver metabolism is disturbed. It is not used by the industry, the fish meal, the salmon are fed, is rancid and not suddenly self ignited.

The industrial salmon farming is highly problematic for the animals and the environment, and partly also for the consumer, says the Foundation for consumer protection. The head of nutrition, Josianne Walpen, says: "vaccination is a symptom of combat and part of a breeding program, and neither type - nor environmentally-friendly."

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 15.12.2018, 17:59 PM

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