Slave labor, deforestation and land conflicts: the behind-the-scenes of the meat industry and its connection to Amazon destruction
A journalistic Investigation by Repórter Brasil reveals how cattle from deforested farms in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso elude control by meatpacking companies like JBS
Slaughterhouses cannot buy animals raised in deforested areas, but ranchers operating irregularly within the Indigenous Land use intermediary farms to circumvent restrictions
Official documents and satellite images show forest clearing without permission in Cerrado farms that supply cattle to the two largest meatpacking companies in the country
In the Amazon, irregularities such as ‘cattle washing’ and animal husbandry in deforested areas continue to affect the supply chain, according audit conducted in 23 Pará slaughterhouses
Carrefour and other supermarket chain bought cattle from meatpackers whose suppliers include ranchers charged with slave labor. After the story was published, they cut ties
Giant meatpacking companies operating in both the domestic and foreign markets such as JBS and Marfrig buy cattle from deforesters in area highly affected by fires in the Amazon.
Even after a 25-million-real fine for buying livestock from deforested areas in 2017, the illegal practice continues and JBS still sources livestock from Amazon-deforesting companies.
Company led by the banker who owns the Opportunity group was granted an injunction to repossess a farm occupied in 2008 by 212 families in Eldorado dos Carajás (PA).