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Imponderable #16: Sabrevois Quebec

9 Sep

September 9, 2011

Someone needs to explain to me again how this is intended to help farmers as I seem to have totally missed the mark.

Farmer’s land has been, through no fault of the farmers, flooded and crops destroyed, and the Canadian government is forcing them to buy fishing licenses to remove the fish that have been dumped on their land. And worse, there are all sorts of ridiculous rules about how to transport them and bury- yes, bury- the dead fish. Martin Reid was fined $1,000 dollars the first time he was found trying to salvage his farm without a fishing license.

“He’s under strict orders to safeguard the lives of the carp once he begins to expel them.” I understand the need to protect the species but at what cost? A man’s livelihood? And how does giving a fish a proper burial propagate the species? Should they be given a religious service?

“The idea is to help farmers. The license was issued to reassure them they won’t be fined.”

How about helping farmers by waiving the license fee, waiving the expiration date of the licenses (the license will expire while much of his land is still underwater) and sending aid to help him clear his farm?

Why is it more important to ensure a burial for a dead carp than to give common-sense aid to a struggling farmer?

The question is Imponderable.

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