Greenpeace support LWG action

28 April 2010

Major retail brands such as Adidas, Clarks, Nike and Timberland issued on April 27 a last-chance message to leather suppliers – they will drop any supplier using farms not registered by the Brazilian Government by July. The registration of cattle farms is a vital first step to protect the Amazon from further deforestation.

Members of the Leather Working Group issued a statement on April 27 in support of Greenpeace’s campaign to eliminate deforestation in Brazil caused by cattle ranching.
Sarah Shoraka, Greenpeace’s Amazon campaigner, said: ‘It’s clear that top names like Nike, Clarks and Timberland remain committed to making sure that the leather in their shoes hasn’t come from areas of the Amazon rainforest that have been trashed. If their suppliers don’t pull their finger out, then these top shoe companies are going to drop them. And that will really send a signal to the Brazilian cattle industry that it needs to clean up its act.’

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