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AWA Letter to AB, SK Governments, Canada Food Inspection Agency re: Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

May 25, 2021

AWA is asking our federal and provincial governments to take action in the context of an alarming new map from the USGS showing that Manitoba is imminently threatened on its western boundary by Chronic Wasting Disease, and there is a steady movement of the disease in Alberta west towards B.C. Stopping the continuous spread of new infections into the wild from existing farms by outlawing the farming of native wildlife would stop the chain of new infections.

Distribution of CWD in North America, May 2021.© Bryan Richards, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Distribution of CWD in North America, May 2021.
© Bryan Richards, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Read the full letter (358kb pdf)

With rare exception cattle ranchers have been the best of guardians of the land entrusted to them. May we continue to be conscientious caretakers of this precious resource and hand it on to another generation unspoiled.
- Gerald Brewin, Rancher in the Taber area 1929 - 2016
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