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Update (May 18):

We’ve just learned that the court case has been delayed!

This is a major victory for our people-powered campaign, but it’s not over until the government drops the case — and you can bet the huge fish farming companies will spare no expense to pressure the government to stay the course.

More than 15,000 of us sent messages to the government, and we’re already starting to see results. Please send a message to the Minister of Fisheries and the Minister of Justice now.

If you care about wild salmon you’re going to want to read this.

Last year, when biologist and wild salmon advocate Alexandra Morton won a lawsuit to help stop the transfer of diseased Atlantic salmon to open-net fish farms, the Harper government and Norwegian fish farming giant Marine Harvest filed an appeal to try to overturn the ruling.

Now, we’ve learned that our new government is continuing Harper’s case.

If the court appeal succeeds, it could be left up to fish farming companies to decide if fish that may be carrying disease should be transferred to open-net pens. That would be like letting the fox guard the chicken coop.

Many fish farms are located right along wild salmon migration routes, and diseases from fish farms can spread to wild salmon.

This jeopardizes a billion-dollar wild salmon economy that supports thousands of jobs, over 100 species and entire First Nations cultures.

Trudeau instructed the Justice Minister to drop Harper-era cases that don’t fit with their vision for “Real Change”, and if enough of us speak out now, we can convince the government to drop this case. [1]

Our pressure has already convinced the government to abandon plans to fast-track the case through the courts this month. But we know the huge fish farming companies will spend big money to convince the government to stay the course. If we want the government to drop this case for good, we need to ramp up pressure.

Will you send a message to Fisheries Minister Leblanc and Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould now?

[1] Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Mandate Letter (Government of Canada). http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-justice-and-attorney-general-canada-mandate-letter

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