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www.greenpeace.org.uk 25th July 2011
The Greenpeace office in Indonesia were recently given a tip-off that an endangered Sumatran tiger had been caught in a trap on land that bordered a concession marked for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the largest companies responsible for Indonesian rainforest deforestation. The tiger had been trapped for about six days without food or water. Greenpeace members and forest officers tried to rescue the emaciated animal but, unfortunately, it died during the attempt. There are now only around 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and with aggressive expansion policies of companies like APP, this number is likely to fall further as tigers are forced to come into increased contact with humans. APP provides packaging for many companies in Europe and North America, including Mattel and Disney. Strangely, the APP concession this tiger was found next to was marked as ‘non-controversial’ by the world’s largest forestry certification body, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The PEFC have already been criticised for its close relations with APP.