Excerpt from the Sierra Club:
Lumber Liquidators in hot water
Jesse Prentice-Dunn, Sierra Club
Lumber Liquidators is in hot water, reportedly facing criminal charges from the U.S. Department of Justice — and for good reason. The nation’s leading hardwood floor retailer has allegedly imported illegally harvested wood from critical habitats including forests in the Russian Far East.
The Lacey Act, passed in 1900 to combat the illegal wildlife trade, was strengthened to fight illegal logging in 2008 — and it’s these forests’ best defense. If adequately enforced, the law would ensure that wood products have been sourced legally and violators like Lumber Liquidators would face fines or jail time.
Let’s not let Lumber Liquidators off the hook. Tell President Obama and his agency heads to fully enforce the Lacey Act to protect these relatively ancient forests
Taking criminal action against Lumber Liquidators sends a strong message that corporations will be punished for profiting from the illegal destruction of critical habitat.
With the Lacey Act, the U.S. can lead the world in combating illegal logging. Yet, this powerful law can only be successful if enforcement is taken seriously and corporations are put on notice that violations will not be tolerated.
Protect the world’s forests! Ask President Obama and his agency heads to continue holding Lacey Act violators like Lumber Liquidators accountable.
Thanks for all you do for the environment.
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