WWF Support for Sterilisation Programs and “Shoot on Sight” Uncovered by Dutch TV

  • Date: 17/05/19
  • Survival

A shock investigation for Dutch TV has revealed WWF’s involvement in sterilization programs around national parks.

From the report: "This mobile phone has just been pushed into my hands, with photos of two people who were shot dead by the police while they were being evicted."
From the report: “This mobile phone has just been pushed into my hands, with photos of two people who were shot dead by the police while they were being evicted.” © Survival

The hugely controversial policy to reduce human populations around protected areas has been condemned as “utterly unethical” by Survival International Director Stephen Corry, who said: “Can you imagine WWF promoting the sterilization of women living around national parks in Europe or the US? The fact they consider it acceptable in India and Africa is racism, pure and simple.”

The investigation has also uncovered evidence that WWF personnel were not only aware of the existence of a shoot on sight policy in India, which used the phrase “kill the unwanted,” but made no attempt to change it.

The report, titled “Victims of WWF” has aired on Zembla, the Netherlands’ main investigative TV series.

Also on the program, rangers at India’s notorious Kaziranga National Park admit they are still authorised to shoot people on sight, despite government denials that such a policy exists.

WWF Netherlands were due to be interviewed for the program, but cancelled without giving a reason. The organization is one of the main backers of the proposed Messok Dja protected area in the Congo, which is going ahead without the consent of the local people. Messok Dja was recently the subject of a Buzzfeed investigation.

Survival International, which has been fighting against human rights abuses occurring in the name of conservation for decades, has approached WWF ambassadors and celebrity backers for comment.

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