End Destructive Grazing of Cattle on Deforested Indigenous Land

Target: Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua

Goal: Enable authorities to stop illegal cattle farming in devastated rainforest.

Nicaragua’s rainforests are under attack as illegal settlers move onto indignenous lands, clearing trees and vegetation and moving herds of cattle onto the opened area. As global demand for beef skyrockets, companies like Nestlé and US-based food corporation Cargill are turning to these illegal producers to satisfy it. In addition to accelerating the harm done to indigenous communities, including displacement and dozens of murders, this trade in beef has accelerated Nicaragua’s already dire deforestation. Since 2000, the country has lost over 20% of its once-rich natural habitat.

According to Nicaraguan law, indigenous communities have the right to grant, withhold, or withdraw permission to outsiders to make use of their land. However, many lawyers are willing to issue bogus land titles to settlers, and local authorities are without the resources to stop this practice.

The rainforest and indigenous peoples must be protected. Sign below to demand that the Nicaraguan government allocate resources for police and community defense groups to end the practice of criminal cattle farming on their land.


Dear President Ortega,

Nicaragua’s rainforests and indigenous peoples alike have suffered for decades from damage brought by settlers from other regions. Years of tolerance of illegal settlement have devastated Nicaragua’s rainforests and left indigenous peoples at the mercy of violent intruders. Multinational food companies are fueling the practice of illegal cattle farming, offering incentives for the destruction of indigenous communities and accelerated deforestation.

Your country’s rainforests and indigenous communities must be protected. I demand that local governments and law enforcement be granted the resources and support to end these practices.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: CIAT/Shadi Azadegan

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  1. Save the rainforest, the people who live there and all the animals!! No more meat!! No more cattle!!! This is what’s killing our planets… when will this stop? When all humans are dead…? Is this our goal? This must End!! No more cows!! This is a major factor of climate change this must stop now!!! I would like my children’s children to actually have a planet to live on. Save the rainforest and these people now!! Stop now!!

  2. Angela Holmes says:

    Please support global change protect precious rainforest lands!

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