Deforestation Criminals: Say “Cheese!”

Published by PETA.

Some pictures may say a thousand words, but satellite pics showing cattle ranchers’ destruction of 4,000 hectares of remote Paraguayan forest that is home to indigenous people say just two: You’re busted! Two Brazilian ranching companies have been charged with illegal deforestation and their “herd” honchos could go to jail if convicted.

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Considering that cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon—in addition to causing unimaginable animal suffering—here’s hoping that these beef barons get sentenced to a little alone time in the “hole” to reflect on the impact of their continued wrecking of the rainforest.

Because forests are cleared all over the western hemisphere to create grazing land and because all forms of animal agriculture gobble up vital resources, generate waste, and contribute to climate change, every ounce of meat we eat contributes to environmental destruction. Get started saving the planet today by ordering a vegetarian/vegan starter kit.

Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth

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