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Shoot: One Year After the “Fire Day” in the Amazon in Brazil - Case Studies (Map)

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Fires in the Amazon in August 2019 were the worst since 2010, and the fires were started by ranchers. The days of 10 and 11 August 2019 – the so-called ‘Day of Fire’ saw a massive coordinated wave of fires in forest and nearby landin Pará State in the Amazon. Almost half of fires hotspots registered on those two days fell within the registered boundaries of cattle ranches, many of which already had a track record of environmental crimes. One year on, just a handful of the cattle ranchers associated with the illegal burnings have been charged.

Fazenda Bacuri, Fazenda São José and Fazenda Santa Rosa are three of the ranches in which fire hotspots were detected during the ‘Day of Fire’ in the Amazon rainforest in 2019. None has as yet been prosecuted for its environmental crimes and all continue to operate. Fire hotspots were again detected in two of the ranches in 2020 despite a central government ban. One of the ranches sourced cattle in early 2020 from a rancher previously listed in the ‘Dirty List’ of farms identified for use of modern-day slavery. Despite the clear, often official, evidence of criminal behaviour by these ranchers, despite JBS claims to have the largest supply chain monitoring system in the world, all three supply – directly or indirectly – JBS slaughterhouses that feed its global supply chain.
One Year After the “Fire Day” in the Amazon in Brazil - Case Studies (Map)
28 Sep, 2020
One Year After the “Fire Day” in the Amazon in Brazil - Case Studies (Map)
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