Published On: Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021
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Union Pushes Back Against Environment Group’s Claims Against Tasmania’s Salmon Industryon July 22, 2021 at 9:48 am

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The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) is fighting for Tasmania’s billion-dollar salmon industry amid accusations of rampant environmental and animal abuse. The AWU has blamed environmental groups for inflicting devastating damage on the state’s Atlantic Salmon farming industry through the “significant and deliberate misinformation about its ecological and animal welfare impacts.” AWU Tasmania Branch Secretary Ian Wakefield said in a media statement that the industry supported the livelihoods of thousands of families amid an era of increasing job insecurity. “The AWU Tasmanian Branch is focused on protecting our members in an industry that earns the state $796 million a year, and more than $1 billion by the time the salmon is processed,” Wakefield said. Environment Tasmania (ET), one of the groups campaigning against the mistreatment in the state’s salmon production, has committed to publishing reports over the years that have fostered public outrage towards some of the industry’s practices. ET has …

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