|Farmer suspects cell relay tower in the
deaths of her animals.
The Province Newspaper, 2007 06 28, Page A26
TESTS: Government steps in to try to find toll’s cause
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
Rabbits, goats, even a horse are among the roughly 100
animals to mysteriously die at a Nova Scotia farm in the
past five years.
And with the recent deaths of a number of wild birds at
the farm, the provincial natural resources department has
stepped in and sent one of the animal carcasses to the
Atlantic Veterinary College for testing.
But after years of questions, Paula White believes she
knows the cause: a cellphone relay tower erected beside the
farm. A tenant on the farm for the past two years, White
said the farm’s owner purchased the property about a year
before the tower went up. Before the tower, the farm’s owner
never experienced problems.
“When that tower went up, he ended up losing his animals
little by little,” the Annapolis County woman said
White outlined a litany of deaths on the farm. She
described a dog staggering around and then keeling over and
spoke of a goat suddenly dying from a seizure. Four years
ago, a horse fell over on its side, never to recover.
How many animals have died? “You couldn’t count them,”
White said. Over the winter, she filled a large truck box
with the bodies of rabbits and birds.
It’s the latter that’s attracted the attention of the
province’s natural resource department. Upon hearing of
robins, finches and other songbirds dying at the property,
department officials requested that the farm owner send an
animal for testing to the Atlantic Veterinary College in
College vets will conduct tests on a guinea pig that died at
the farm, but it could be weeks before they have answers.
Julie Towers, director of the Nova Scotia department’s
wildlife division, said they’re not certain what they’ll
find. “There are just too many open-ended possibilities. I
have a lot of questions.”
Some of those questions include just how many animals
have died, what symptoms they’ve displayed and whether all
the deaths are linked. “It’s rather surprising that there
would be anything that would be hitting different species
like this,” Towers said.
One thing Marc Choma is certain isn’t responsible for the
problem is a cell tower. The spokesman with the Canadian
Wireless Telecommunications Association maintained that
scientists worldwide — including from the World Health
Organization — have found no health effects from cell
White doesn’t understand what else might be the source of
the problem. The former SPCA worker says the animals are
well fed and watered and don’t suffer from poor living
conditions. “I’ve got cages in here that you could live in,”