World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) trustee Peter Flack with the forest elephant he killed.
Outrageous: Baka abused to make way for trophy hunters!
Baka “pygmies” are being arrested, beaten and tortured for entering their ancestral forests since they were leased to French billionaire Benjamin de Rothschild for big game trophy hunting.
Armed guards threaten to shoot the hunter-gatherers on sight. Their crime? "Trespassing" in the "protected areas" to provide for their families. Meanwhile, tourists can pay de Rothschild €55,000 for the privilege of shooting a forest elephant.
We think this is wrong, which is why we're giving the Baka a platform to speak out against the theft of their land and the abuse they are subject to.
Given stories like this, it's no surprise that the UN's indigenous peoples' expert chose conservation-related abuse as the focus of her speech at the UN General Assembly in October. Great news for our "tribal conservationists" campaign.
But although the UN can no longer ignore land theft and violence across national parks, the general public is still being kept in the dark. You can help us change this by introducing Survival's campaign to your friends and family.
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Another assassination in Brazil
Invasion and genocide have characterized the colonization of South America for over 500 years. João Natalício (pictured) of the Xukuru-Kariri tribe is a recent victim, stabbed to death outside his home. Land theft is at the root of all this violence, set to get worse if Brazil approves a deadly proposal to weaken indigenous land rights. Please help us protest →
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