Four Reasons Not to Trust the TPP to Save Endangered Animals

Of the various discussions circulating about the TPP, there has been little regarding the environmental impact of this agreement.  According to the following article, (http://www.sierraclub.org/lay-of-the-land/2015/09/four-reasons-not-trust-tpp-save-endangered-animals) the TPP will not protect nature in any way.  Negotiators claim the TPP will “help protect endangered wildlife like rhinos and elephants.”  Author Ben Beachy gives fours clear reasons to not believe this statement.  His first claim is deals similar to the TPP that have been signed in the past did not live up to their promises.  For instance, years ago President Clinton  guaranteed NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) would help protect the environment; however, it turned out to be a catalyst for fossil-fuel agribusiness expansion.  There was a deal signed between the U.S. and Peru in 2007 which was said to help promote legal timber trade, yet illegal trade of timber increased.

Beachy goes on to make claims stating that the TPP’s environmental terms aren’t nearly as strict as they should be, its provisions are a major threat to endangered species, and there are alternative solutions to counteract the TPP’s danger toward animal and their habitat, but nothing is being done to limit its power.  If the TPP get’s signed this year, it will be interesting to see if it will have a negative impact, and if so, how much of a negative impact it will have on animals’ environment.

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