French Supermarket Chain Sued by Amazonian Indigenous Collective Over Rainforest Deforestation

Amazonian indigenous group have file a lawsuit against French supermarket chain Casino for allegedly selling meat in linked to land-grabs and deforestation in Amazon.

The company is being taken to court under a French law enacted in 2017.

The plaintiffs, a coalition of indigenous activists and environmental groups from France and the United States (US) were seeking $3.7 million for violation of human rights and environmental laws. 

Lawyer for the coalition Sébastien Mabile said that they wanted the Casino to pay due to harmful damages.

“We want [Casino] to respect its environmental obligations by adopting new measures for the environment and to pay damages to indigenous communities for the harm they have suffered,” said in an interview with FRANCE 24.

A leader of Brazil’s Terena people and the legal counsel for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (AIPB) said that they are “the guardians of Amazon and indigenous islands.”

“In addition to the financial damage incurred, the harm done to indigenous lands affects our way of life and threatens the survival of our culture, of our traditions and, ultimately, that of our people,” she also said in the press conference.

Deforestation is a huge problem that the Amazon faces.

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