Deaths of Anti-Logging Activists in Brazil

More than 1,150 activist have been killed in Brazil in a 20 year time span for protesting illegal logging, according to the watchdog group Catholic Land Pastoral.

Ranchers, loggers and farmers are believed to have hired hitmen in order to continue their unauthorized logging activities.

Source: Associated Press, “Brazil promises to increase protection of rural activists in Amazon after spate of killings,” Washington Post, May 30, 2011.