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Nestlé must keep its promise to protect rainforests 
and important animal habitats, says CAZA

Recently, the food giant had its affiliation with the Roundtable on Sustainable
Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended for failing to hold to its promise

Ottawa (July 6, 2018) — Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, claims on its website it is “committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.” Its recent actions in prove otherwise, said Dr. Susan Shafer, the executive director of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) in Ottawa today.

Until recently, Nestlé had been a voluntary member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, committing itself to principles that would reduce palm oil production’s impact on wildlife such as elephants and orangutans. Oil palms can produce up to 10 times more oil per acre than any other vegetable oil. Because rainforests are rich with this resource, too often, these rainforests are destroyed by producers.

“CAZA and its members are committed to certified sustainable palm oil and we were horrified to see that Nestlé was suspended on June 28 for failing to comply with RSPO regulations,” said Dr. Shafer. “We are losing these rainforests at an alarming rate—we implore Nestlé to get back on track with its commitment.”

Dr. Shafer also points out that as the largest food and beverage company on the planet, Nestlé not only plays a critical role in protecting these habitats, but by not rejoining the RSPO, it is setting a dangerous precedent for smaller producers.

“Others see this and have little trouble following suit,” said Dr. Shafer, “and that’s a tragedy. With Nestlé on board, we were making real headway.”

Founded in 1975, CAZA is the leading animal welfare standards-development organization in Canada. Its standards-development process includes expert opinions from researchers, biologists and academics to ensure the standards reflect the latest in animal-welfare research, organizational management and public-safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s standards bridge the ethical concerns regarding zoos and aquariums. These standards are currently the only pan-Canadian set of standards mandating zoological facilities in the country.

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For More Information:

Dr. Susan Shafer, Executive Director
Canada’s Accredited Zoos & Aquariums (CAZA)
613-627-3779 ext. 221
sshafer@caza.ca

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