Target: Robert M. Lynch, CEO of Lumber Liquidators
Goal: Stop deforestation in the last remaining habitat of the endangered Siberian tiger.
Lumber Liquidators is one of the country’s biggest floor retailers, and specializes in selling cheap hardwood flooring to customers in the US. According to information recently collected by the Environmental Investigation Agency, the company is also a major contributor to deforestation that threatens the last remaining habitat of the highly endangered Sumatran tiger.
Lumber Liquidators has been purchasing illegally cut timber from old growth forests in the Russian Far East, and selling it to US consumers without ever telling them that their purchase is contributing to the extinction of a tiger subspecies. Sign the petition below to tell Lumber Liquidators to stop participating in the illegal lumber trade.
The Russian Far East is internationally recognized as a hotspot of global biodiversity, and is home to a unique ecosystem known as old growth temperate hardwood forest. This forest provides habitat for the last 450 wild Siberian tigers, the largest tiger subspecies. Because tigers must travel vast distances to hunt for prey, they rely on large expanses of healthy forest for their survival. But timber companies are destroying the Far East’s old growth forests at an alarming rate.
Researchers from the Environmental Investigation Agency, a US nonprofit that uncovers environmental crimes, recently posed as lumber buyers to find out where the wood sold by Lumber Liquidators was coming from. The investigators discovered that the company is buying unethically and illegally cut timber that is harvested in the Russian Far East, then processed in China. This is in direct violation of the US Lacey Act, which prohibits companies from importing illegally cut wood.
Sign the petition to urge Lumber Liquidators to stop destroying endangered forests, and help save the last remaining habitat of the Siberian tiger.
Dear Mr. Lynch,
We, the undersigned, are writing to urge Lumber Liquidators to immediately implement policies that ensure your company is not buying illegally and unethically harvested timber. The revelation that Lumber Liquidators has been purchasing illegally cut wood from the Russian Far East is both shocking and saddening, and your company should be ashamed of itself. Your customers in the US expect better of you, and it is time you worked to restore their trust.
Lumber Liquidators should immediately make public the steps it plans to take to avoid buying illegal lumber in the future. It should also create a policy to avoid purchasing lumber from endangered old growth forests, like those in the Russian Far East. Please demonstrate to your customers that your company will no longer participate in the destruction of threatened ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
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