Emu farmers blame birds’ deaths on wind farms

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Two emu farmers in southwestern Nova Scotia say they can’t keep raising their birds because nearby wind farms are killing their flock. Debi Van Tassel, of Ocean Breeze Emu Farm in Digby, said she and her husband Davey are spending this week selling and harvesting the last of their emus, often farmed for their oil and meat.

“When we watched the birds in here die, when we started with 27 and ended up with seven, when we had to watch them die every day, I said to Davey, ‘We can’t do it anymore,'” said Van Tassel. “We know we are doing the best because we know they’re going to go somewhere they’re not going to be abused by turbines.”

Nova Scotia Power, the province’s electric utility, built a wind turbine farm behind the couple’s home almost three years ago. The 20 turbines can power more than 10,000 homes, but Van Tassel said the turbines are noisy and have distressed her birds. The Van Tassels said since then, their emus have gotten thinner and haven’t been yielding as many eggs. They said the eggs that do arrive, don’t survive — in 2010, 30 of their 38 emus died. Read article

8 thoughts on “Emu farmers blame birds’ deaths on wind farms

  1. I believe it!
    We had to stop raising our Boar Goats because it was to heartbreaking to see them suffer the affects of the 8 unit Industrial Wind installation behind our home.
    They weren’t sleeping and refused yo go into the barn on noisy windy nights.
    They had low milk output, miscarriages, still births, and other problems.
    After eight years raising them, I look out at the empty barns and pasture and it just breaks my heart!

    • So sorry to hear this, for both you and your goats. Makes me think of the canary in the coal mine, but we are well past that stage, of course. So sad.

  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8060969.stm

    Wind farm ‘kills Taiwanese goats’
    A large number of goats in Taiwan may have died of exhaustion because of noise from a wind farm.
    A farmer on an outlying island told the BBC he had lost more than 400 animals after eight giant wind turbines were installed close to his grazing land.
    The Council of Agriculture says it suspects that noise may have caused the goats’ demise through lack of sleep.
    21 May 2009

    We don’t hear much about all of the livestock problems in Ontario. There has been a large number of problems.

    • That is tragic, we certainly dont hear more about it likely because of those lovely GAG orders!

      Are the goats labled by the fiberals as fear mongering nimbys I wonder?

  3. This is the “proof” of serious harm needed, yet there has been no post mortem work done. Allegations are easily dismissed by the “powers that be”.

  4. Wind and/or government should be doing studies.
    For example, where is the “Research Wind Farm” where they test different animals under infrasound and audible sound. Mice would be a good start.
    Any other product would be called off the market if it had this many “anecdotal” side effects.

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