Media Release: 22/12/2011: Still Wild Still Threatened welcomes UK boycott of Ta Ann’s forest destruction.
Today the good news was announced that UK company International Plywood has made a decision to suspend purchasing wood products from Ta Ann Tasmania. This was the result of a visit from representatives of Markets for Change and the Huon Valley Environment Center, who showed evidence of Ta Ann’s destruction of high conservation value forests in Tasmania.
“International Ply’s decision is a great victory for the forests of Tasmania. It is a real indication that people across the world are committed to purchasing wood products that are truly sustainable and do not come from the decimation of world-class native forests” Said Miranda Gibson, spokesperson for Still Wild Still Threatened.
“Today is my ninth day living 60 meters up in this giant tree in the middle of a forest that should be protected, but is being allowed to be logged to provide wood to Ta Ann. This tree sit – The ObserverTree- has begun to receive global attention. This growing international support is reflected in today’s announcement. Customers and businesses around the world do not want to buy wood from Tasmania’s irreplaceable forests” said Ms Gibson.
“The Prime Minister has failed to honor her promise to protect these world-class forests and destructive logging operations continue in order to supply Ta Ann. Now it is time for Julia Gillard to step in line with the rest of the world and protect Tasmania’s high conservation value forests” said Ms Gibson.
Check out Markets For Change report: Team USA training on Tamanian forest destruction.
Read more in the ABC online news article by Conor Duffey.
For more information on Ta Ann also check out this report by the Huon Valley Environment Center: Behind the Veneer- Ta Ann Tasmania’s lies.