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Uncontacted Tribes Threatened by Illegal Logging in the Amazon

Uncontacted Tribes Threatened by Illegal Logging in the Amazon

Recently released photos prove the existence of uncontacted tribes within the Amazon, on the border of Brazil and Peru. While the community seems happy and healthy, they are living under the constant threat of illegal logging.

Peru is one of the last countries to ban rare rainforest wood logging and loggers looking for sought-after mahogany are pushing farther and farther into the forest to find it. Tribes that have not had contact with the modern world are now in danger of illegal logging within their territory, which could prove deadly. 

The isolated people are vulnerable to diseases of the modern world, such as the flu or the common cold, that could devastate their populations if they are transmitted by the loggers. They are also in danger of conflict that could arise as they try to protect their land against loggers or conflict with other tribes if they migrate into Brazil.

Survival International is hoping that the worldwide spread of the photos will force the Peruvian government to recognise the existence of the tribe and work with Brazil to protect their territory from loggers and others looking to exploit the natural resources the land holds. Survival International said:

Survival and other NGOs have been campaigning for years for the Peruvian government to act decisively to stop the invasion, but little has been done.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said, ‘The illegal loggers will destroy this tribe. It’s vital that the Peruvian government stop them before time runs out. The people in these photos are self-evidently healthy and thriving. What they need from us is their territory protected, so that they can make their own choices about their future.
‘But this area is now at real risk, and if the wave of illegal logging isn’t stopped fast, their future will be taken out of their hands. This isn’t just a possibility: it’s irrefutable history, rewritten on the graves of countless tribes for the last five centuries.’

Find out more information on the tribe, photos, and updates of Survival International’s campaign to protect the tribe’s lands.

To urge Peruvian President Alan Garcia to protect the tribe from illegal logging, sign the petition here.

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Photo credit- Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival

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8:47AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

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5:08AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

are they logging for only cattle grazing ground? to me, some people will find it a big big big issue. Because then they can pin the blame on beef eaters. "look what you did!"

all in all it is a sad terrible thing.

2:50PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

arrest the ciminals ...sign the petition

6:06PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

arrest the criminals

3:16AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

While I understand the reason for photographing these tribes, why do we think we have the right to invade their privacy and take their picture in the first place?!? Did they give permission? Somehow, I doubt it!!

4:21PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

Petition signed. Don't buy mahogany.

1:51PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Paradise lost...

1:19PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Good to see this topic here
One of the other NGOs mentioned are the Friends of peoples close to nature
http://fpcn-global.org
There has been a raid on a local NGO On Wednesday, 1 December 2:30 PM, Paraguayan state attorneys and armed police raided the offices of indigenous rights NGO, Iniciativa Amotocodie (IA)!!!
also have a look into the newly published Infobooklets for some more background infos

Thanks a lot for this article and the petition we all are responsible citizens of this earth, lets act like it- together!

12:52PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Those who put profit over the welfare of the other inhabitants of the earth, and over the earth itself, live without honour ...

2:51AM PST on Feb 17, 2011

I'm glad to be made aware of this concern and to add my voice!

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