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Shock documentary: WWF and industry - The Pact with the Panda
The World Wide Fund For Nature presents itself as a rescuer of the wild animals. Now "Schwarzbuch WWF" scratches severely in the clean image of the environmental endowment. Five examples of questionable commercial methods - from the big game hunt up to round tables with genetic engineering giants like Monsanto.
The WWF apparently fears hardship as a result of the publication. Since there seems to be a dark side of the panda, the trustworthy brand with which enterprises advertise with pleasure: This gives a green painting and the consumer the feeling to do quite specifically good. "Lastingness has become the magic word heavy to milliard", says Wilfried Huismann.
The journalist, filmmaker and author has investigated many years. Only for his film "The pact with the panda". Now for the "black book". He travelled to Argentina, Chile, India, Nepal, Indonesia, the USA, Switzerland - and his knowledge robs of illusions. With the "noble brand under the nature conservation organisations" everything does not run in such a way as it seems.
Differently than many other environmentalists as for example Greenpeace, places of the WWF not on confrontation, but would like to "embrace" the industry - and change thus the behaviour even from extremely argumentative groups. A tactics which is also argumentative within the association. In contrast to other environment protection associations accepts of the WWF also donations from the industry. Where does the independence remain there? The reading of this book lets arise in the contrary assertion of the WWF at least doubt.
The WWF exerts itself in his campaigns mainly for big, charismatic animals - often tiger, whales, polar bears, elephants. Recently the king of Spain hit piquant-wise headlines when he broke a hip with the elephant's hunt in Botswana. Juan Carlos is a Spanish WWF honourary president and big game hunter - with this hobby he comes along in the group of leaders of the WWF by no means alone.
Prince Philipp von Grossbritannien, once WWF president, shot at least a tiger. Also in from the WWF with conceived and financed Kavango Zambezi park the hunting season is opened. "The game of Africa", writes Huismann, "belongs again to the white big game hunters and western hunting ice enterprises. It is almost as nice as earlier."
The triple fury prizewinner describes the bloody interweaving of the first WWF president prince Bernhard of the Netherlands with the apartheid regime, proves personnel amalgamations between powerful figure and WWF, it is in Juntas or in the oil business.
He shows how the WWF was supported by an "alliance from monetary nobility and blood nobility" in the confidential "club in 1001" - to an "Old-Boys-Network" with name like Henry Ford, baron of Thyssen, Aga Khan, Juan Antonie Samaranch, Alfred Heineken, Berthold Beitz, Friedrich Karl Flick as well as by war criminals and state terrorists like Mobutu Sese Seko.
There should still be 4000 wild tigers on the earth. With tiger's pictures an apocalyptic inclined campaign has sketched of the WWF. One needs this also for driving of donations to the "rescue of the tiger". About 100 of them should live in the Indian Kanha-national park. There Safaris are offered for just 10,000 dollars. Premium partner of the travel agency: the WWF. 155 jeeps also other organizer to boards now daily by the park. However, what does this deal with nature conservation?
For the establishment of the national park hundred thousands of natives had to give way and lost her native country, although they live there since millenniums together with the big cats. To hurry the authorities, it made of India WWF with the help of a court order accelerate the mass resettlements. Now should be resettled once again up to millions natives, because the old reserves are increased and new ones should originate, writes the author.
A maxim which is also valid somewhere else. "Only in Africa 14 million people have been resettled against her will to create place for wild animals", writes Huismann. The WWF has seen environment protection from the outset as a sort of continuation of the colonialism with other means.
"Expulsion is quite a dark chapter of the nature conservation", also says a WWF speaker of the SZ. But: "Of The WWF has learnt and rejects displacement for a long time." Nevertheless, Huismann documents another reality.
The WWF also works together with marine Harvest from Norway. Main owner: John Frederiksen, finance investor, owner of the biggest tanker fleet of the world, market leaders with oil platforms and the man in whose hands one third of the worldwide salmon production lies.
Frederiksens company breed Salmons in Norway and at the Chilean coast . In Chile they are held in gigantic cages and are filled up with so many antibiotics that Huismann calls them "swimming chemist's shops".
Lastingness is impossible with the salmon production: "To produce 1 kilo of salmon meat, from four to six kilogrammes of wild-living fish are killed" and to fish food processed, writes Huismann. Marine Harvest is a "janusköpfiges monster" who bears himself in Norway green and clear, in Chile, however, the sea ecology and the life of the people destroys.
Nevertheless, the group and the WWF 2008 closed a partnership contract.
Palm oil is found in many cleaning products and cosmetics. However, the run on the valuable oil went off only properly, since the Europeans discovered it as "a regenerative" energy from plants. In Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, woods are cleared - once to the wooden production, today to put on palm oil plantations.
The WWF sees it already as a negotiations success if the worldwide biggest palm oil group of Wilmar may clear 300,000 hectares - and as a countermove leaves about two percent of the surface as a protective area, criticises Huismann. Besides, sits of the WWF together with Unilever, Bayer and the HSBC bank at a round table which distributes lastingness certificates in an act of the selfobligation - these legitimise the clearing of woods again, provided that it does not concern especially protective-worthy.
However, there is that hardly more. Also because nobody controls whether the enterprises keep to her standards, other conservation groups have left the round table fast again. The WWF assures to take part there only to prevent "worse". However, where is the success? A local activist balances: "Of The WWF washes the environmental sins of the industry green - and takes still money for it."
WWF-Jason Clay, vice president of the US association, threads the most important industrial partnerships for the environmental association. He represents the WWF at a lobby organisation of the agrarian and technology group of Cargill and Monsanto - and is a pioneer for the genetic engineering.
His book raises questions. Many questions. From the WWF one hopes for answers - not excuses or expensive complaints.
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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
i am writing to express my Condemnation about the WWF .
The Environmentalists are known primarily for alleged proximity to the agricultural industry From Indonesia, India, Argentina and the United States comes disturbing images. They show forced displaced indigenous people, through palm plantations replace forests, Tigers disturbed by ecotourists , soybean monocultures to the horizon - all supposedly with the blessing of the environmentalists.
"The earth is divided by the agro-business - and the WWF is one of the Game" The critique makes, among others, firmly believe that the WWF along with large agricultural corporations like Monsanto to so-called round tables for soy (RTRS) and palm oil producers (RSPO is seated). Multinational giants could thus be assured even in dubious practices of the benevolence of the environmentalists. But that's not enough. The organization was standing up for the widespread distribution of genetically modified seeds: "The Panda has allied itself with the genetic engineering industry, and they want hide this.
In the Seveso-contamination is a leading WWF head was involved.
In 1976, the Italian town of Seveso contaminated after a tanker exploded with dioxin at a subsidiary of the Swiss chemical company Hoffmann Laroche - many animals and people have been ravaged by the disaster. WWF Vice President Luc Hoffmann was then consolidated shareholder.
In the 60s, the WWF got a large donation from Shell, then the biggest producer of herbicides (herbicides) and pesticides (pesticides). Shell's chief managed to prevent a statement from the WWF to pesticides: The WWF is therefore not involved in the biggest environmental debate of the '60s.
Rhinos were in the 80s are often the victims of poachers.
End of the 80s, the WWF wanted to end the problem of poaching and slaughter of rhinos in their own way and to reveal commissioned a group of mercenaries, the trade routes. But it disappeared, the horns and looted the money from sales.
WWF also sought contacts with royalty
The survival of the panda is reasonably assured.
Nevertheless, the WWF called the "largest environmental organization in the world". The organization has good contacts in politics and business. In the early years of the WWF sought the proximity of rich and powerful such as Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Prince Philip of England. But they were just passionate big-game hunters killed animals and were photographed with media attention.