20 Jun '11, 1pm

80% of Brazilians want stronger forest protections, but legislators aren't listening, want to weaken them

photo: Neil Palmer, International Center for Tropical Agriculture /Creative Commons As battles both political and literal over deforestation in Brazil continue, with six activists killed in the past month, WWF has some hopeful stats about how Brazilians feel about forest protection. According to a new poll about 80% of Brazilians oppose amendments to the nation's forest laws that would reduce protections for forests and 95% oppose offering amnesty for illegal deforestation. Furthermore, roughly three quarters of people surveyed want the ongoing debate in the Brazilian senate on the changes postponed until more scientific data is available. In terms of prioritising forest protection or agricultural and livestock production, 85% of people wanted to prioritise protection forests even if meant limiting agricultural and livestock expansion. Remember that cattle pasture cleared ...

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