Pepsi has nowhere to hide now: its business partner Indofood has been kicked out of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest sustainable palm oil authority, for mistreating workers on its environment-wrecking plantations.
Over 100,000 SumOfUs members like you have already told PepsiCo to cut ties with this palm oil villain, but the snack food giant has resisted so far, hiding behind those RSPO certificates. Nowthough, Pepsi’s surely going to drop Indofood like a hot Cheeto… right?
Wrong. Pepsi’s still cashing obscene profits from its partnership with Indofood, and reacted to the RSPO decision only with “We are very disappointed”.
“Disappointed”, Pepsi?! Indofood isn’t a misbehaving toddler — it’s a corporation that destroys rainforests, mistreats female staff, uses illegal child labour, and exposes its workers to hazardous pesticides.
Indofood’s abuses were always an open secret. But in 2016, our partners at Rainforest Action Network exposed Indofood and filed an official complaint with the RSPO. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure last summer and get the RSPO to first sanction — and now kick out entirely — the palm oil giant.
Now it’s official: Indofood’s palm oil cannot be called sustainable, even by the subpar RSPO standards. Meaning that if Pepsi’s ‘sustainable’ palm oil policy is to retain any scrap of credibility, it must end its joint venture partnership with the corporation — NOW.
We know our people-powered campaigning can push big brands into action. After sustained pressure from SumOfUs members, Nestlé ended its own 13-year business partnership with Indofood. Showing that if PepsiCo really wanted to, it could too.
And after 150,000 SumOfUs members put pressure on Pepsi’s departing CEO, Pepsi responded and stopped sourcing palm oil from Indofood — but failed to cut ties completely, keeping its business partnership in Indonesia.
Unless we use this moment to double down on our campaign, with the threats of reputation damage, negative media coverage, and lost customers, Pepsi may hope to weather out the storm. So we need to act fast.
Thanks for all that you do,
Fatah, Rebecca and the team at SumOfUs
SIGN: Stop the Slaughter of America’s wolves
Posted by Carly Day
Petition link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-the-slaughter-of-americas-wolves/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email
PETITION TARGET: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
In a proposal that could spell disaster for America’s fragile gray wolf populations, the Department of the Interior has announced plans to delist the majestic animals from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
If approved, wolves would be managed state by state, putting them in danger and at the mercy of trophy hunters.
In the Great Lakes region, gray wolves were delisted from 2011 to 2014. During those few years, nearly 1,500 wolves were murdered, often in horrific ways: mutilated in cable-neck snares and steel-jawed leg-hold traps, or hunted and ripped apart by hounds.
In Idaho and Montana, where wolves are not protected, more than 3,200 have been slaughtered in the last eight years.
Gray wolves have been protected by the ESA for more than 40 years. During that time, their numbers have increased to an estimated 5,600. But environmentalists and animal advocates state they are still at great risk, and removing their protections would be disastrous.
Hunting not only impacts the total numbers of wolves but also the structure of each pack and genetic diversity of the species.
In some areas, wolf populations have just started to recover, and the species is only present in five percent of their historic range.
Stripping protections from one of the United State’s most iconic species would be a national tragedy, and is nothing more than a free pass for hunters.
Sign the petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep wolves on the endangered species list, preventing the wholesale slaughter of these iconic animals.
Monsanto is fuming: The European Court of Justice just ordered the release of its bogus glyphosate studies to the public.
This is huge.
These studies are the reason the European Union re-licensed cancer-linked glyphosate for another five years back in 2017. Monsanto’s been fighting tooth and nail to keep these studies secret.
Monsanto would do anything to get its infamous toxic weedkiller approved. But this stops now.
But we need to be quick: we have momentum on our side with this court ruling, we need to use it to get the EU to act now and ban glyphosate once and for all. Are you in?
It’s really incredible: not even our MEPs have seen these studies.
Until now, the European Food Safety Authority refused to give anyone access — saying that it “could harm the commercial interests of companies that presented the studies”.
You and I both know what this means: Monsanto doesn’t want anyone — least of all credible scientists — to take a closer look, because it would mean the end of its toxic, cancer-linked weedkiller in Europe, and then around the world.
But the court ruling changes all this. And it has Bayer-Monsanto shaking in its boots. That’s why its lobbyists are likely fighting tooth and nail to stop the research ever seeing the light of day. And that’s why we need to be quick.
This is our chance to ban glyphosate for good — and get the EU to do a U-turn on its license of glyphosate. But we can only do it, if we have enough funds to hire a top scientist to go through the research, page by page. This could be the breakthrough we need to get Monsanto’s toxic pesticide banned for good.
Thanks for all that you do,
Anne and the team at SumOfUs
Image: Peace 4 Animals
New California ‘No Deforestation Policy’ Could Save Thousands of Animals from Extinction
Posted by Carly Day | March 11, 2019
Californian Assembly member Ash Kalra has introduced a new bill tackling habitat destruction and deforestation.
If successful, AB 572 would require all contractors in the state who are sourcing products considered to be “forest-risk commodities” to certify that these products have not played a part in the destruction of tropical rainforests, or illegal land conversion. Contractors would “have to develop and maintain a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy (NDPE).”
The legislation will apply to products such as wood, paper, palm oil, soy, beef, leather, coffee, cocoa, rubber and more — all of which are produced in rapidly dwindling rainforest areas throughout the world. If passed, the new regulations would come into effect on January 1, 2021.
Bill AB-572 acknowledges that California — along with the entire planet — is at risk due to climate change, and notes that as the fifth-largest economy in the world, the state has the power to reduce deforestation significantly through its supply chains.
With earth’s rainforests now only covering seven percent of the planet’s surface, they still hold an astounding 50 percent of the earth’s species. A staggering 18,000,000 acres of tropical forests are being razed every year. If we can’t cease this destruction, the rainforests will be gone within 100 years, along with the thousands of species within them.
The importance of this piece of legislation should not be underestimated; it has the potential to save critically endangered animals such as orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers — all at risk of extinction due to land clearing in Indonesia, primarily for the palm oil, paper, and pulp industries.
“When a species is wiped out, it’s forever,” says Katie Cleary, founder of Peace 4 Animals. “With this important bill, California has the chance to stop contributing to this global epidemic, encourage ethical purchasing, and help restore a healthier planet that includes the protection and preservation of our world’s most iconic animals.”
We commend the authors, co-authors, and co-sponsors of this crucial bill for their commitment to protecting tropical ecosystems, and will continue to follow the progress of AB-572 through the Senate.
We respect and send our congratulations to Californian Assembly member Ash Kalra on the introduction of a new bill tackling habitat destruction and deforestation.
Unlike Trump; California appears to recognise the problems that exist on this planet; and as a result are trying to change things for the better.
I (Mark) have had so many good times in America’s South West – California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado etc; and as an English alien; I am amazed and dumbstruck that your current President (or that’s what he calls himself) is going out guns blazing to destroy the beautiful wild animals and natural habitat that you have in such states. All because he thinks of money and nothing else – his head is blank and devoid of absorbing specialist advice and thinking of positive solutions to environmental issues.
I send greetings to the folk of California for taking a stand to make good environmental change by state legislation; – your policies and legacies will (fortunately) be around a lot longer than the muppet you have at ‘the top’ at present.
WAV Comment – Great News – good on the People’s National Congress. we are sure that Chinese citizens will find medicinal alternatives to Pangolins without the need for animal and environmental destruction. We are certain that alternatives already exist for bear bile products. It just needs people to wake up and seek out cruelty free alternatives. Photos below are not associated with the article.
China Proposes Ban on Pangolins in Traditional Medicine
- Published: Monday, 11 March 2019 16:31
- Written by Lucy Papachristou
Members of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, announced a proposal to ban the use of pangolin products, the world’s most trafficked animal, in traditional Chinese medicine.
The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), a pro-Beijing conservative political party, released a series of 24 proposals for this year to be presented at the annual NPC sessions in March, which included the pangolin ban.
In addition to outright banning the use of those animals in traditional medicine, lawmakers are advocating for increasing “investment in the research and development of pangolin tablets substitutes” and “promoting the protection of pangolin resources.”
“The position taken by China’s lawmakers proposing a ban on the use of pangolins in TCM is an encouraging sign,” said Chris Hamley, Senior Pangolin Campaigner for the Environmental Investigation Agency, a UK-based NGO.
Pangolins, often referred to as “the scaly anteater,” are the only mammals entirely covered in scales. All eight species of pangolin—four are found in Africa and four in Asia—were granted protection under international law in early 2017, according to WildAid, a US-based environmental NGO.
A 2015 report by WildAid found that 70 percent of Chinese citizens surveyed believed pangolin scales could cure rheumatism, skin disorders and infections. They are also thought to cure cancer and arthritis.
China currently permits the legal use of pangolin scales in clinical treatment and in pharmaceutical manufacturing, and they are listed as an official drug in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, according to WildAid.
The new proposal could have a significant impact on the fate of pangolins, 100,000 of whom are taken from the wild every year across Africa and Asia.
Early last month, authorities in the Malaysian province of Sabah discovered two high-volume facilities containing thousands of boxes of pangolin meat, the biggest such seizure in the country to date.
Also included in the 2019 proposals were a number of other pieces of environmental legislation: strengthening the fight against illegal fishing; banning the trade and use of rhinoceros and its products; improving the system of protected natural lands; and the “protect[ion] [of] animals to promote environmental protection.”