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Activist Arrested While Illegal Loggers Chop Away at Madagascar's Forests

Environment  (tags: deforestation, local corruption, Madagasgar, ecosystems, destruction, environment, world, wildlife, politics )

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Animae C (507)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 4:05 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 4:43 am
Thanks for sharing Cal!

Wrong world - they should fine and imprison the illegal loggers and poachers instead - but money and corruption let them go on and on!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 7:38 am
Makes me so mad. What sense does this make...always the same BS. Arrest the good+basicaly reward the nasty. It's so baffling to me. thx Cal

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday September 18, 2015, 2:48 am
TY Cal.

S J (130)
Friday September 18, 2015, 7:14 pm
it's always the case, sorry but this is the world we live in. thanks

Jeff Creech (64)
Friday September 18, 2015, 7:37 pm
Sounds like the illegal logging corruption goes all the way to the President of Madagascar. I mean who gets thrown in jail for sending an email? It's a friggin conspiracy of corrupt officials. It's gotta be. And this activist who was trying to do something to stop the illegal logging got caught in the middle because he wasn't aware of how high the criminal organization went, which obviously is the President of Madagascar.

Shirley S (187)
Friday September 18, 2015, 8:19 pm
Is there a petition re this injustice ???

Christine S (134)
Friday September 18, 2015, 9:19 pm
utterly infuriating

Nikki Davey (16)
Friday September 18, 2015, 9:34 pm
This is shameful. Obviously this legislation was only passed to keep up trade agreements with the West, not to actually DO anything for the environment.

Fran F (116)
Friday September 18, 2015, 11:31 pm
"To Marozafy’s supporters abroad, the reason for his prosecution is simple — he is a vocal defender of the forest — and the message to would-be agitators is clear. Another local activist, August Sarovy, who fled Madagascar after receiving death threats for denouncing rosewood smuggling, remains, in his words, in “ecological” exile in Europe."

No justice in this, and a great danger to Madagascar's forest ecosystem and the world's climate!

Past Member (0)
Friday September 18, 2015, 11:42 pm

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:09 am

Nicolai L (39)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:13 am
noted, thanks for sharing

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:34 am

Sylvie A (194)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:56 am
Noted. Thank you, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:58 am
Business as usual. The only way to stop illegal logging is to stop buying exotic wood.

David C (108)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 5:04 am
something is backwards

Ana Lopes (92)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:31 am

pam w (139)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:31 am
Madagascar is one of the most DEPRESSING places I've visited...poverty and habitat destruction are literally everywhere and it's hard to hold on to hope.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:35 am
Noted--Thanks, Cal!

Dennis H (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:02 am

H M (37)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:10 am
Noted, read, and shared! Thanks, Cal!

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 10:49 am

Roberto Meritoni (3)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 10:57 am

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:01 am
I hope and expect a Petition will appear for this brave hero's release. Say by Amnesty International or on forcechange. And when it does, I hope that the LINK appears here!
If I see one I will put it here... other people look for one too. Or write one!

'Hope for ending the trade in Madagascar, von Bismarck said, comes from examples of foreign governments prosecuting illegal importers of Malagasy rosewood. For example, in 2011 the U.S. Justice Department raided Memphis-based Gibson Guitar Corporation, which used Malagasy rosewood in at least ten of its guitars. The guitar maker ultimately avoided prosecution for violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in illegal plant or animal species, with a $350,000 settlement. But von Bismarck said Gibson’s example has effectively ended the use of rosewood throughout the American guitar industry.

“The problem is that’s basically a drop in the bucket, because the vast majority of the wood goes to China,” von Bismarck said.

Activists have garnered limited successes around the world in pushing better shipping enforcement at ports or lobbying for legislation similar to the United States’ Lacey Act. But while rosewood smuggling could be prosecuted under international law like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), China, by far the largest source of demand, has so far shown little interest in enforcement.'

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:07 am
'But while rosewood smuggling could be prosecuted under international law like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), China, by far the largest source of demand, has so far shown little interest in enforcement.'

Where there are PROFIT$$$$$ to be made...
You realize of course that China is by now "communist" IN NAME ONLY, and now NOT even by Ideology thinking of "the Public Good", so PRIVATE PROFIT$$$-$EEKING INDIVIDUALS and Companies are accountable to nobody but themselves... That's CAPITALISM! and the Chinese govt ENCOURAGES it.....

Lawrence D (3)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:38 am
Crazy. Pressure to release the activist must be intensified.

Roger G (148)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:30 pm
noted, thanks

Janet B (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:36 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:30 pm
Sabine G. says it all. Thanks.

David B (34)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:30 pm
no Ake there is another way and I think its time has come if we are ever to save anything of this planet . a small force slips into where ever they find illegal loggers and terminates the loggers . sooner or later they will get the picture that the logging will not be tolerated . and besides what is the loss ? these people contribute nothing to their country , except to line the pockets of a few politicos . and if that doesn't work then follow the chain up the line . sorry but sooner ot later even that scum will begin to get the picture .

Anne K (139)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:16 pm
Thanks Cal. Here is a link to's petition to free Marozafy from jail.

Heidi Aubrey (4)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:59 pm
Corrupt government.

Cheryl Sickler (7)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:14 pm
Noted. Thanks Cal and Anne. Signed the petition at rainforest rescue. Sad he's paying a price for doing the right thing!

Ian Crory (31)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:54 pm

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:18 am

Sandra Ferri (114)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:19 am
Thanks for sharing Cal xoxo

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:25 am
There's a few petitions--if you haven't run into them, just type his name into the search box above and sign not only petitions for him, but others in his country in similar situations. See the one above that BMutiny presented. Unjust, illegal control over the masses has become overt and more frequent, globally. Look out kids! Thanks Cal.

Ana Lopes (92)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:13 am

Roslyn McBride (32)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:17 am
Wonderful, the person trying to stop something illegal is the one who gets arrested.

Max Leung (1)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 5:32 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 5:58 am
Nothing more to lose

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 7:48 am
The world is sometimes very topsy turvy!

This is shameful - thanks for sharing

TOM TREE (248)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:43 am


Janis K (126)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 11:00 am
Thanks to BMutiny for petition link, and Cal for posting.

Winn A (179)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:15 pm
Thanks for the link - Petition signed and shared on FB

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:46 pm

Ian Crory (31)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:09 pm
loggers with a long L

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 9:10 am
Bizarre, bonkers, maddening, crazy, topsy-turvy. . .

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 9:11 am
Signed and shared petition
Thanks BMutiny

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 8:54 pm
this is so wrong. Government must be corrupt.

Melania Padilla (123)
Tuesday November 10, 2015, 9:30 am
So wrong!! How frustrating and unfair :(
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