Greenpeace Jaguars on the Prowl

Activists Stop Bulldozers from Destroying Forests

Media release - July 29, 2004
Greenpeace activists, dressed as jaguars, used motorbikes to track down five more bulldozers that were destroying precious forests in a remote region of Argentina. The forest is being destroyed to grow genetically engineered soya that is shipped to Europe and Asia to feed pigs, chicken and cows.

The "jaguars" located the bulldozers clear cutting and burning the forest while on the prowl in Salta, on the border of the Great Chaco and Yungas forests. Five "jaguars" used motorbikes to intercept the bulldozers and block their path to the forest. They locked the machines using chains to immobilize them and stamped "Blocked by Greenpeace" on the diggers.

"Argentina's rich biodiversity is being swallowed up by Monsanto's genetically engineered soya. The Argentinean Government must intervene and stop these unique jaguar forests being destroyed," said Emiliano Biodiversity Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Argentina.

Greenpeace "jaguars" have been tracking down bulldozers since Monday. So far, eight machines remain immobilized and stamped, and the "jaguars" are still on the prowl for more.

The sharp increase in soy cultivation is causing social as well as environmental problems in Argentina. Ramón Ferriera, who lives in the Great Chaco forest, said, "They force us to leave our land, often with guns. Then they come with these powerful machines, knock down all the trees, burn them and plant soya. We see no economic benefit from such great destruction and we lose all we have."

More than 5,400 people around the world have telephoned their Argentinean Embassies this week, to demand that Argentinean President, Dr. Néstor Kirchner, stops the forest destruction.