LOS ANGELES, October 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Surprisingly, Governor Gavin Newsom has just vetoed California’s deforestation-free purchasing law, (AB 416). The disappointing news comes after the bill, of which Peace 4 Animals was a co-sponsor, received considerable support last month when it passed the California Senate with an astonishing vote of 30-8.
This critical bill, drafted by California Assembly Member Ash Kalra, would have established California as a leader in the fight against the many devastating effects of the destruction of tropical forests. Companies that produce forest-risk raw materials such as palm oil, livestock, soybeans, rubber, paper / pulp and timber should have maintained a policy of no deforestation, not deforestation. peat, no exploitation (NDPE). Establishing these strict measures would have helped protect tropical forests and the rights of indigenous peoples, as well as save the lives of many species on the brink of extinction.
“We are extremely disheartened that Governor Newsom has vetoed the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act, a bill that we have been working on since 2019,” said Katie Cleary, Founder and President of Peace 4 Animals, a co-sponsor of the bill. “His decision seems very contradictory given the climate action package he recently signed which allocates $ 15 billion to protect and manage California forests and focus on climate risk mitigation.
“This haphazard decision will continue to contribute to the destruction and degradation of our rainforests. It also endangers wildlife struggling to survive in increasingly fragmented habitats. This includes Indonesia’s orangutans, Sumatran tigers and Java rhinos, as well as up to 50 million species of invertebrates that inhabit our rainforests, ”continued Cleary.
Tragically, two-thirds of our planet’s tropical rainforests have already been destroyed or degraded, an area of rainforest equivalent to 300 football fields is razed to the ground and reduced to ashes every hour. Tropical rainforests cover less than 3% of the Earth’s surface and are home to more than half of the terrestrial species on our planet.
“There has never been a more urgent time in our Earth’s history to take action to help protect the natural world as we know it. We have taken, damaged and destroyed so much of our resources natural environment and our environment that if we keep driving down this road there will be nothing left. It is our job as stewards and stewards of this Earth to do all we can to protect it and all of its inhabitants. why Peace 4 Animals is determined to continue to work on important legislation to do just that, ”concluded Cleary.
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