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Background: Why the US Fish & Wildlife Service raided Gibson Guitars: On 24 August 2011, agents of the Fish & Wi...

Background: Why the US Fish & Wildlife Service raided Gibson Guitars: On 24 August 2011, agents of the Fish & Wi...

“Gibson sourced its unfinished ebony wood in the form of blanks (for use in the manufacture of fingerboards for Gibson guitars) from Nagel (in Germany), which obtained it exclusively from Roger Thunam (a supplier in Madagascar). Madagascar prohibits the harvest of ebony wood as well as the exportation of unfinished ebony wood.” The filing also refers to internal Gibson emails: “[A] Gibson employee…wrote that ‘[t]he true Ebony species preferred by Gibson Musical Instruments is found only in Madagascar (Diospyros perrieri). This is a slow-growing tree species with very little conservation protection and supplies are considered to be highly threatened in its native environment due to over exploitation.’ In fact, [he] ‘spent two and a half weeks in Madagascar this June [2008],’ writing on his return, ‘I represented our company along with two other guitar manufacturers.... All ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0902-eia_statement_gibson.html

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