Orphaned jaguars, confined cubs: the impacts of agriculture on fauna

Advances in agriculture have troubling consequences for wildlife, trapping animals between fire and chainsaws.

Mato Grosso is the largest soybean producer in the country, with a harvest of more than 44 million tons per year. Of the 100 richest municipalities in the national agroindustry, 35 are in the state.

Despite its undeniable economic strength, agricultural activity continues to be the main vector of devastation in the Amazon and the Cerrado. Furthermore, it has direct impacts not only on the local native fauna, but also on chickens and pigs raised for the meat industry.

This is the subject of the documentary “Rationed Forest – The impact of soy on wild and confined animals”, available in the file above. The film was produced by Repórter Brasil, in collaboration with World Animal Protection.

Deforestation and animal welfare for wildlife

According to data from the environmentalist organization Imazon, around 1,780 square kilometers of native forest in Mato Grosso are at serious risk of disappearing this year, numbers inferior only to those of Pará and Amazonas.

The spread of deforestation also has worrying consequences for wildlife. Jaguars, armadillos and monkeys are trapped between forest fires and chainsaws.

The result is a balance of dead, mutilated and orphaned dogs, rescued and cared for by entities that promote animal rights.

But the fauna is not the only one affected by the advance of soybeans: a good part of the grains planted in Brazil is included in the feed supplied to animals in confinement.

In sheds spread across the country, millions of chickens and pigs live crowded together in intensive production systems. This compromises not only the mobility, but mainly the quality of life of these animals.

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The short film also shows how soy resulting from the deforestation of the amazon It serves as food for the animals that enter the production chain of the giants in the refrigerator sector.

See also the “Rationed Forest” report which brings more details about the investigation carried out by Repórter Brasil.


Classified Forest – The impact of soy on wild and confined animals (13′)

Direction and script: Gil Alessi

Photography and Editing: Lucas Barreto

Executive Producer: Carlos Juliano Barros

Arts and Animations: Touch Hub

Realization: Reporter Brazil and World Animal Protection

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