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Mickey and Minnie Protest at Walt Disney HQ

Disney and Rainforests: A Tale of Destruction in Indonesia

Photo: Margery Epstein

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a 20-plus year-old organization dedicated to forest conservation, held a protest at Walt Disney’s Los Angeles headquarters because the organization says that studies it conducted show children’s books the company published are made with materials from endangered Indonesian rainforests. Protesters dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse held signs at the company’s gates, and the organization displayed a 35-foot banner saying “Disney: Destroying Indonesia’s Rainforests.”

Disney had already been on RAN’s list of two major publishers to avoid (along with HarperCollins). Among those the organization has praised for its environmental practices are Scholastic and Simon & Schuster.

Disney was already taking hits this week for applying for the trademark for the term “Seal Team 6.” And rightfully so.

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