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Cattle Seized in Brazil's Green Barrier

26 June 2008

US - Brazilian authorities seized 3,100 head of cattle that were found grazing on illegally deforested land in the Amazon rainforest.

According to the New York Times the cattle owner was fined the equivalent of US$1.86 million back in 2005 and then ignored the court demand to move cattle off the premises.

The New York Times says that the Brazilian environmental minister has decided to sell the cattle at an auction in two weeks time and that the money raised from the sale will go to a government food programme for the impoverished.

This latest case is just one of many that has seen the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest move at unprecedented rates. In response the government hope to build a green barrier, seizing all illegal operations in the south.

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