Say NO to cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon

“We are concerned about the recent invasions over the last months because they are increasing and getting closer and closer to the villages. We found a huge area recently deforested. We saw a helicopter sowing grass so that they can bring cattle in the future” said Araruna, an Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau man in his 20s.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef and it has more cattle than any other country. But you might be shocked to learn that cattle are increasingly grazing in protected areas of the Amazon.

Land seizures and deforestation for illegal commercial cattle ranching are on the rise, and often accompanied by threats and intimidation against Indigenous peoples, like Araruna and his family, and traditional residents of Reserves, putting their rights, future, and lives at risk. People living in protected areas and seeking to protect their land often fear being harmed or killed by those seeking to seize their land for illegal cattle ranching.

Amnesty International did not find any evidence indicating that JBS, a Brazilian-based multinational company and the largest producer of beef in the world, is directly involved in human rights abuses. But in a new investigation, we found that cattle illegally grazed in protected areas have entered JBS’s supply chain. 

Not everything is lost though. With your help, we can compel JBS to implement an effective monitoring system, including of its indirect suppliers, by the end of 2020 and ensure that no cattle illegally grazed in protected areas enter JBS’s supply chain.

“Today no company that buys in the Amazon can state that there isn’t cattle coming from deforestation in its supply chain (…) No meat-packing company and no supermarket either” - said a Brazilian federal prosecutor in 2019.

The time to act is now. Sign the action targeting JBS and share it with your friends, family, and contacts.