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November 23, 2020 - Mongabay

Paraguay whistleblowers allege illegal deforestation cover up

Paraguay whistleblowers allege illegal deforestation cover up
Parrot in tree in Paraguay, victim of deforestation© Photabulous!

Senior officials with Paraguay’s Environment Ministry are helping cover up illegal deforestation by the country’s cattle industry, according to damning new testimony by current and former ministry employees.

A landlocked country in the heart of South America, Paraguay has experienced some of the highest rates of deforestation anywhere in the world. Over the last three decades, forests covering more than one-tenth of the country’s landmass have been cleared, driven largely by a drive to create more cattle pasture.

Last month, London-based NGO Earthsight reported that major European automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover and BMW, were using leather linked to illegal deforestation in Paraguay.

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