09 Jul '11, 11am

Endangered species trafficking: What did Gibson Guitar know?

Endangered species trafficking: What did Gibson Guitar know? mongabay.com July 07, 2011 Rosewood logging in Masoala National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Rhett A. Butler A motion filed last month by the U.S. Department of Justice alleges Gibson Guitar knew it was trafficking in endangered timber when it was busted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in November 2009, reports the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The filing — which argues Gibson lacks the right to claim ownership over the seized ebony because it is contraband — includes text from internal Gibson emails. "[A] Gibson employee…wrote that '[t]he true Ebony species preferred by Gibson Musical Instruments is found only in Madagascar (Diospryos perrieri ). This is a slow-growing tree species with very little conservation protection and supplies are considered to be highly threatened in it...

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